Confused about how to deal with common food allergies? Not sure where to even start? Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., a medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York and a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine, provides practical advice for managing food allergies in the primary-care setting:
Q: At what ages do most patients develop food allergies? Can they suddenly show up in adults?
A: Most food allergies develop in children 6 years of age or younger, but they can occur for the first time at any age, including in adulthood. The estimated prevalence of food allergy among American children is 5-7 percent. In adults, it is about 1-2 percent. Interestingly, roughly 25 percent of adults recently polled believe they have food allergies or know someone who does.