can you develop food allergies at any age
Preliminary data from a large new national study that is currently under review suggests that nearly 52 percent of adults with a reported food allergy developed one or more food allergies after age 18. An estimated five percent of adults have a food allergy, compared with about eight percent of children. And while some children outgrow allergies usually those to milk, eggs and wheat many retain their allergies through adulthood. It has been well established that kids develop allergies to the top eight foods, milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Most of the reactions in adults occur to the top eight foods as well. Several patterns have been observed that are unique to adults who develop new food allergies. One is called oral allergy syndrone, which occurs in a small percentage of adults who have seasonal allergies. It involves your body getting tricked. Some adults might have allergies to tree pollen, for example, and some of the tree proteins are similar to those in fruits and vegetables, so when your body eats the raw form of those foods, it thinks you are eating tree pollen. Birch tree pollen, for instance, bears similarities to proteins found in fruits like peaches, apples and cherries.