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It can be challenging to have a food allergy as a teen. Some feel embarrassed to eat differently than their friends, or to ask for special meals, or to pass when everyone else is eating something they can't.

In one survey, teenagers with food allergies admitted that they sometimes take risks with their food, particularly when they were out with friends. That's rare, says pediatric allergist Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet, MD. "In my experience, kids with severe allergies tend to be very mature and cautious." 

Where Eghrari-Sabet sees her teenage patients with food allergies getting into trouble, she says, is if they also have asthma. If they do, taking care of their asthma may help them avoid severe reactions to their allergy trigger foods.