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Can Puberty Make Allergy Symptoms Worse?

Q: My 12-year-old with legume allergies had only ever had mild reactions, then recently she had an accidental exposure to food containing soy flour and experienced anaphylaxis. Could this reaction have anything to do with hormonal changes, since she has only recently hit puberty? Dr. Sharma: As your daughter’s case illustrates, food allergy reactions are unpredictable, and […]

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Can a Child With a Peanut or Nut Allergy React to Dog Treats With Allergens?

Q: My son has peanut and tree nut allergies and we now own a dog, and on weekdays she is walked by a service. As some dog treats contain peanut butter or nut ingredients, should I be concerned about what the walker feeds the dog? Is there any risk of a serous allergic reaction?  Dr. […]

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Can Antihistamines Mask Anaphylaxis?

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 […]

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How to Introduce Peanuts or Nuts When a Sibling Has Allergies

Q. My husband and daughter have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Our youngest just had a skin test and does not have a peanut or tree nut allergy. Since he is at higher risk with our family history, the allergist recommended that I start to introduce peanuts and nuts into my son’s diet  to […]

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At What Age are You Less Likely to Outgrow a Milk Allergy?

Q: I’m a teacher with a daughter in high school who has allergies to dairy and soy. When she was little, the pediatrician said: “She’ll outgrow the milk allergy.” She hasn’t, and last year had a serious reaction. At my school I’m now seeing kids in fifth and sixth grades with dairy allergies. Is there an […]

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Can Egg Allergy Lead to a Peanut Allergy?

Q: My daughter has developed an egg allergy at 12 months. At the appointment where tests confirmed this, the allergist mentored being “mindful of possible peanut allergy”. I’m confused: are these two allergies related? And if so, what can I do to be careful? Dr. Sharma: Allergies to egg and peanut often go together. For example, […]

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When to Test for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

Q: I can barely get my 2.5-year-old to eat solid foods. He’s not even drawn to foods that kids love – like bologna or chicken nuggets. He’s underweight, complains of tummy aches, and when he does eat, it’s with great effort. He often gags or even throws up after eating a small amount. I don’t […]

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Can You be Allergic to Spices?

Q: My daughter is allergic to tree nuts, particularly cashews and pistachios. We’re a little confused about safe spices. Would sumac (used in Middle Eastern cuisine) and nutmeg be safe for her to eat?  Dr. Sharma: Spice allergy appears to be uncommon, although it may be under-diagnosed. A recent review estimated that it affects between […]

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Are Lupine Beans Related to Peanuts?

Q: While traveling in France, I had a brioche from a bakery. I’d been assured there were no peanuts in use (I’m an allergic 24-year-old). But after eating it, my throat began to tighten, breathing got difficult and I was sick to my stomach. I used my auto-injector and quickly felt better. I followed up with […]

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What to Do If You Have a Reaction When Home Alone

Q: I’m a single mom and my teenager with multiple food allergies is alone in our apartment before I get home from work (about 6 p.m.). Any suggestions for what she should do if she finds herself having a reaction while on her own? Dr. Sharma:  Putting a plan in place for managing anaphylaxis is critical in all settings, and is especially important […]

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