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Food Allergies Causes & Risks


A few specific foods seem to cause a majority of the food reactions. The most likely triggers of a food reaction include:

  • Cow's milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts (ie, walnuts, pecans)
  • Sesame

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of food allergies include:

  • Age: young children
  • History of eczema
  • History of other types of allergies, including hay fever

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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