MYTH: Food allergy cannot be outgrown.
FACT: Allergies to peanut, tree nuts, and crustaceans and molluscs tend to be lifelong. Some allergies, such as milk and egg, may be outgrown by school age. Food allergy can start at any age.
Bottom line: Food allergy is serious. It is important to be allergy-aware and learn how to prevent allergic reactions.
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