Can I develop an egg allergy as an adult?

Though egg allergies usually occur in children, it is possible for adults to develop an egg allergy. An egg allergy, like all food allergies, is most likely to happen in children because their digestive system is immature. Even if it can recognize a triggering food, it continues to absorb it and causes a reaction. As children grow, their digestive system understands not to ingest the triggering substance. However, although it's not fully understood why, sometimes things change and an adult can suddenly develop a food allergy.

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