Severe reactions to foods among kids climbed by 285 percent.
Q: My 4-year-old son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, and we recently learned he also has grass allergies. Our family doctor said to give him a daily antihistamine during grass-pollen season, but our allergist said not to, because it could mask symptoms of anaphylaxis. What should we do? Dr. Sharma: Many children with… Read more »
Trips to emergency department for food anaphylaxis in kids doubled in 4 years.
Simon Katz, 16, of Littleton, Colorado had been celebrating homecoming.
Spike of 95% seen for severe reactions over a 7-year period, with teen rates the highest.
New research suggests that when a child experiences anaphylaxis, either the severity of the allergic response or delay in getting epinephrine are key risk factors in whether the child will go on to have a biphasic (or secondary) anaphylactic reaction.
Q: Why does asthma put a child with food allergies at higher risk of anaphylaxis than other children with food allergies? Dr. Sicherer: Asthma is a condition in which the airways narrow, become inflamed and make extra mucus. There are many triggers of asthma including airborne allergens, exercise, infections, smoke, cold air, and others. Foods… Read more »
Teen Scott Johnson ate pancakes believing they were dairy-free. After eating he suffered deadly anaphylaxis.
A father shares the story of his 3-year-old son’s terrifying severe allergic reaction, and why it changed everything.