Can my childhood allergies come back?

Answered on September 20, 2013
Created September 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

When I was a child, I had a severe dairy allergy- to the point that if someone was handling cheese then touched me, I would break out in hives. I outgrew my allergy at a younger age (probably younger than 10). Since then I've eaten any and all dairy products on large ammonts and small, on a daily basis. I've recently adapted Paleo eating habits and have cut dairy out of my diet. My question is- is my dairy allergy more likely to return if i have no exposure to it? If so, should I have dairy periodically to prevent this?

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on September 20, 2013
at 02:50 AM

yes. Allergies are an autoimmune disorder. You cannot actually "out grow" an allergy. But your body can develop higher thresholds (this is essentially how allergy shots work -- slowly increasing your exposure to help build up your tolerance -- thus teaching your body not to attack at low levels of exposure). These thresholds can also be very cyclical.

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:36 PM

I've found that allergies are difficult to predict. Sometimes in concert with other foods your body reacts differently than normal. I'd suggest to you that dairy was something your body was warning you about and you overcame it for some reason, maybe just walk away from it. I rarely have anything dairy except for aged cheese with all those lovely microbes.

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