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Johns Hopkins Health - Got Milk (and Eggs, Too)?

Summer 2008
Issue No. 1

Got Milk (and Eggs, Too)?

Date: July 24, 2008

Two boys

Considered “transitional” a generation ago, milk and egg allergies in children now appear to be more persistent and harder to outgrow, according to a Johns Hopkins research study.

“The bad news is that the prognosis for a child with a milk or egg allergy appears to be worse than it was 20 years ago,” says Robert Wood, M.D., head of allergy and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Plus, not only do more kids have allergies, but fewer of them outgrow their allergies, and those who do, do so later than before.

Those findings also support what pediatricians have suspected for some time: More recently diagnosed food allergies, for still-unknown reasons, behave more unpredictably and aggressively than cases diagnosed in the past.

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