Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

Why are food allergies more severe for some people than others?

Dr. Aldstadt discusses the severity of food allergies. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Like all allergies, food allergies do not affect every person the same way.

Some people with a peanut allergy, for example, only have a reaction when they eat peanut products. However other people have such severe peanut allergies they cannot even be in the same room with peanut products without having an allergic reaction, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)Off Site Icon.

An individual with a food allergy also can have a different allergic reaction to the same allergen each time they encounter it. For example, someone who is allergic to milk might react differently to it depending on whether is it plain or mixed and cooked into a recipe. Some people also outgrow allergies over time, while others’ allergies get worse, according to the NIH.

For more information about differences in the severity of reaction to food allergies, talk with your physician.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine