Volume 6 Supplement 1

2nd WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012), Abstracts

Open Access

Food allergy and anaphylaxis – 2049. Evolution of food allergy in a high risk population: the Canadian asthma primary prevention study (CAPPS)

  • Rishma Chooniedass1,
  • Brenda Gerwing1,
  • Saiful Huq1,
  • Clare Ramsey2,
  • Anita Kozyrskyj3,
  • Edmond Chan4,
  • Moira Chan-Yeung5 and
  • Allan Becker1
World Allergy Organization Journal20136:417


Published: 23 April 2013


Food allergy is on the rise. It is often assumed that allergy in early life to milk and egg often resolves whereas this is less frequent with peanut.


CAPPS is a high risk allergy and asthma birth cohort. 545 families were enrolled during pregnancy in Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada. Study participants were prenatally randomized into a multifaceted modified diet, lifestyle and environment intervention group or control group. Questionnaires were completed prenatally and when the children were assessed by a Pediatric Allergist at 1, 2, 7 and 15 years of age. Assessments included skin testing to common inhalant and ingestant (milk, egg and peanut) allergens. A positive skin test was defined as having a mean wheal diameter ≥ 3mm.


At age 1, 3.4% (16/474) of children were sensitized to milk, 9.1% (43/474) to egg and 5.3% (25/474) to peanut. At age 15, 1.6% (5/321) were sensitized to milk, 1.9% (6/321) to egg and 10.9% (35/321) peanut. At age 15, 100% of children sensitized to milk and egg at age 1 were no longer sensitized to those foods. Interestingly 64% (16/25) of the children sensitized to peanut at age 1 outgrew sensitization to peanut at age 15. New food sensitizations developed between the ages of 1 and 15. Sensitization to peanut at age 1 does have an increased risk of sensitization to peanut at age 15 (OR=9.4, 95% CI 3.6-25.0). However, sensitization to peanut at age 2 has the greatest likelihood of persistence (OR=35.8, 95% CI 14.0-91.9). At age 15, 5.6% of those tested (18/322) had developed sensitization to peanut after age 7 while 3% (10/322) of those sensitized at age 7 to peanut were no longer skin test positive. Similarly from age 7 to 15, 1.6% (5/322) became sensitized to milk and 1.6% (5/322) became sensitized to egg.


Food sensitization to milk, egg and peanut decrease over time. The greatest likelihood for persistent peanut sensitization is seen with a positive skin test at age 2. Risk factors for new sensitization and factors associated with the loss of sensitization need to be defined.

Authors’ Affiliations

Pediatrics and Child Health/ Section of Allergy, University of Manitoba
Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba
Pediatrics, University of Alberta
Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
Internal Medicine, University of British Columbia


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