What Increases Your Risk
You have a greater chance of developing 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 asthma.
- Are young. Infants and children have more food allergies than adults.
- Have a medical condition that makes it easier for Reference allergens Opens New Window to pass through the walls of the stomach and intestines and enter the bloodstream. These conditions include gastrointestinal disease, malnutrition, prematurity, and diseases that Reference impair the immune system Opens New Window, such as eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).
You have a greater risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction (Reference anaphylaxis Opens New Window) from food allergy if you:
- Have asthma.
- Develop allergy symptoms within minutes of eating the food.
If you or your child has a severe food allergy, always carry an Reference 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.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 23, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology