• By Dana Sparks

Peanut and Other Food Allergies

April 11, 2013

This week Dr. Richard Besser at ABC News conducted a Twitter Chat about food allergies. For instance, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, twice as many children as adults are diagnosed with peanut  allergies and only 20 percent of them outgrow peanut sensitivities.Peanuts and peanut butter spoon

Dr. Adela Taylor, an allergist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., who participated in the chat, said she feels most adults are better equipped to deal with their food allergies than children because they can advocate for themselves. "Adults can prepare their own food and read the labels on their own," she said. "They can have a conversation and they can ask the right questions."

Read transcript    Follow other Tuesday Twitter chats at 1 pm ET #ABCDrBchat @mayoclinic

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