Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Samara Carroll


Food Allergy Therapist Samara Carroll has lived with life-threatening food allergies since she was a toddler. Now that she’s all grown up, Samara helps children with food allergies navigate the ups and downs of life as a food-allergic kid.

AllergyBites: What foods are you allergic to?

Samara Carroll: I have had anaphylactic food allergies to peanuts since I was 2 years old. I was also diagnosed with a tree nut allergy at that time. When I was 18, I grew out of the tree nut allergy, but I’ve since developed a shellfish allergy.

AB: Can you describe the first time you truly understood you had food allergies because they impacted your life in a meaningful way?

SC: When I was 8 years old, I wanted to go to a friend’s sleepover birthday party. The friend lived on our street. My mom explained to me that she didn’t want me to…

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