Latest research findings from the John Hopkins Children�s Center in Maryland have found that allergies to tree nuts such as almonds, cashews and pecan may not be life long. In fact, nine percent of children studied outgrew their allergies.

Nut allergies have the potential to be so severe that even miniscule amounts may trigger anaphylaxis shock in some individuals. There is no cure for nut allergies; extreme caution is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction.

While researchers had previously reported that as many as 20 percent of children outgrow peanut allergies, the current study explored whether the same held true for tree nuts.

The findings, based on nearly 300 participants aged 3-21, were published in this month�s issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The study revealed that of children allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts, those who had outgrown their peanut allergy were more likely to outgrow the tree nut allergy. However, children who are allergic to more than one type of tree nut are unlikely to outgrow their allergy.

According to Anaphylaxis Canada , approximately 2 percent of Canadians have a potentially life threatening allergy.

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