When you have a food
allergy, your body thinks certain foods are trying to harm you. Your body
fights back by setting off an
allergic reaction. In most cases, the symptoms are
mild-a rash, a stuffy nose, or an upset stomach. A mild reaction is no fun, but
it is not dangerous. A serious reaction can be deadly. But quick treatment can
stop a dangerous reaction.
Allergies tend to run in families. You
are more likely to have a food allergy if other people in your family have
allergies like hay fever, asthma, or eczema (atopic dermatitis).
Food allergies are more common in children
than adults. About 7 out of 100 kids have them. Only about 3 to 4 out of 100
adults do.1 Children often outgrow their food
allergies. But if you have a food allergy as an adult, you will most likely
have it for life.
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