What Increases Your Risk
You have a greater chance of
food allergies if you:
- Have a family history of allergy. If both of your parents have allergies, you are more likely to have allergies.
- Have another allergic condition such as
atopic dermatitis or
- Are young. Infants and children
have more food allergies than adults.
- Have a medical condition that
makes it easier for
allergens to pass through the walls of the stomach and
intestines and enter the bloodstream. These conditions include gastrointestinal
disease, malnutrition, prematurity, and diseases that
impair the immune system, such as eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).
You have a greater risk for a life-threatening allergic
reaction (anaphylaxis) from food allergy if you:
- Develop allergy symptoms within
minutes of eating the food.
If you or your child has a severe food allergy, always
allergy kit and know how to use it. You should also
wear a medical alert bracelet at all times. Being prepared to immediately deal
with a severe allergic reaction reduces the risk of death.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
March 9, 2011
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