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A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by a specific food. Although many people have a food intolerance, food allergies are less common. In a true food allergy, the immune system produces antibodies and histamine in response to the specific food. Any food can cause an allergic reaction, but a few foods are the main culprits. In children, the most common food allergies are to eggs, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. A food allergy frequently starts in childhood, but it can begin at any age. Fortunately, many children will outgrow their allergy to milk, egg, wheat, and soy by the time they are 5 years old if they avoid the offending foods when they are young. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish tend to be lifelong. In older children and adults, the most common food allergies are fish, peanuts, shellfish, and tree nuts. By meeting with one of our licensed registered dietitians, you will learn how to avoid the allergen foods without sacrificing nutrition. They will help you develop a meal plan, read foods labels to find hidden sources of these foods and teach you the questions to ask when dining out.


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