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Allergies

Do allergies get worse as you age?

04/11/2001

Question:

I was born with food allergies to 96% of all foods. My doctors told me that I would outgrow them, but also brought up the possibility of them coming back when I am old. I am 16 years old now and have outgrown many of my allergies but I am afraid that they will become as severe as they were before when I am sixty years and older. Will this be likely to happen?

Answer:

This is a good sign that you no longer have food reactions. If these get better with aging, food allergies do not usually come back. However, if you have an allergic history as a child, you are at greater risk of developing respiratory allergies in the future such as hay fever or asthma.

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Response by:

David I Bernstein, MD David I Bernstein, MD
Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati