Can Food Allergies be Temporary?

When I first got tested for food allergies a few months ago, my doctor said, “Let’s test again in six months because these things can come and go.” Hmm. What did that mean? I have looked all over the Web and can’t find much on this topic, besides the fact that children often outgrow their food allergies and I’m way past childhood.

I hate to have this flower of hope bloom so passionately inside me. Just the idea of eating real panna cotta again someday is a unique kind of torture.

To clarify without getting into jargon, I’m actually talking about food “intolerance,” not “allergy,” like a peanut allergy. So, can food intolerances be temporary?

My skin is finally clearing. I just realized I had a staph infection for months (maybe years, who knows). I sound like a broken record around the house: “When my skin is clear, I want to see how much <eggs, garlic, almonds, cow dairy> I can tolerate.” Anecdotal evidence suggests that people have intolerance thresholds. I’d like to find out what mine are. Always gotta find the loophole!

I’d also like to know if having a staph infection makes one more sensitive to foods. For example, if I clear up this infection, will I be less sensitive to <eggs, garlic, almonds, cow dairy>? Does that have anything at all to do with this? Does anyone know the answers to these questions?

I’d also like to have my own private doctor, someone who could answer all my questions whenever I ask them. Because I’m curious and afflicted, and inquiring minds wanna know.

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2 responses to “Can Food Allergies be Temporary?

  1. First of all in the length of a few months it is more likely the results of the test will change than the actual allergy (due to false positives/negatives). Adults can and do “outgrow” allergies just like children, but not usually in 6 months. Also, I read once that often it just morphs…like children who outgrow asthma end up with eczema later in life and vice versa. I would say that it is very likely you have/had a staph infection. My daughter gets them a lot from all the scratching, and yes that will definitely compromise your immune system which in turn will allow your allergy symptoms to take over. It’s a vicious cycle! I’m no Dr. but I’ve been dealing with food allergies and skin issuesw since my first daughter was born 14 yrs ago…OMG 14 yrs ago? has it been that long?? Have you tried a rotational diet? Basically it allows you to eat a food you are mildly allergic to one day a week…it’s more complicated than that but I think I’ve droned on enough for one day. Can you tell I don’t want to go clean my house? Best of luck to you!
    PS: I am so sorry that was so long, I hope some of it helped.

  2. mjennings26

    Allergy Mom,
    Thanks for the information! It’s helpful.

    The rotation diet is very difficult. I have attempted it several times and just find it really frustrating and definitely not fun. I need to keep my food as fun as possible!

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