Allergic reactions occur in the body when the immune system that guards our body’s biology is activated after a foreign entity invades it. The immune system quickly makes immunoglobulin E antibodies, which, after binding to your various organs, release histamine when it detects foreign elements.
Food allergies occur when your body’s immune system perceives or incorrectly treats proteins in various foods as foreign elements. Food allergies are as life-threatening as they are common and can occur with edibles such as milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, etc.
Food allergies are believed to be a long-term phenomenon that prevents a person from eating that particular food for almost his entire life. However, cases have emerged where people have managed to successfully outgrow their food allergies. The outgrowth can occur at different stages of life, including when a person is a toddler.
dr. Suven Kalra, ENT Consultant, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, explained in an interview with the Indian Express how infants absorb immunoglobulins and take up ready-to-use antibodies from breast milk. This process is known as pinocytosis or cell drinking.
However, sometimes during childhood, some allergy-causing proteins are absorbed into the baby’s gut before being digested or broken down into amino acids. “As part of the normal growth process, a child’s reliance on ready-made antibodies from the mother decreases, and this pinocytosis stops. Therefore, the child outgrows her allergy,” says Dr Kalra.
According to Dr. Kalra, there are other methods by which one can finally be free from their allergies. One such method is oral immunotherapy which mirrors the process of microdosing. In this process, a person is given the same food to which he is allergic, but in small amounts.
After a significant period of time, their body’s immune system becomes desensitized and the person can grow out of their allergy. However, this method is carried out under the supervision of experts, as sometimes there can be serious reactions that require immediate medical attention.
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