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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Kissing With Severe Food Allergies

Q: I’m a teenager with severe allergies to tree nuts and sesame seeds. If my boyfriend eats something that I’m allergic to, how much time should we wait before kissing?  Dr. Sharma: Dating can sometimes pose challenges for teens with food allergies, and kissing has been found to sometimes cause allergic reactions. In two studies between …

Dr. Susan Waserman

Dr. Susan Waserman

Advice on Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

Q: I have had four severe allergic reactions (wheezing, swollen eyelids, sneezing) but there was nothing common to each experience – nothing I could figure out, anyway. Two of the times I hadn’t even eaten anything. A skin test was inconclusive. My doctor called it “idiopathic anaphylaxis.” What do you suggest I do going forward?  …

Dr. Wade Watson

Dr. Wade Watson

Can Exercise Trigger a Food-Allergy Reaction?

Q: My son recently passed a baked milk challenge at his allergist’s office. I regularly feed him small pieces of caked baked with milk. He usually tolerates it, but on two occasions, he broke out in hives, developed swollen lips and felt tightness in his chest. Interestingly, on both occasions, he played sports about an hour after eating the …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Sports Breathing Issues – Asthma or Not?

Q: My teenage son had a second spell of bad breathing during a school basketball game. Even when he stopped playing, it felt like somebody was sitting on his chest. Could this be due to asthma? Dr. Bassett: Your suspicions might be warranted, particularly if your son has a history of allergies and asthma. Exercise-induced …

Dr. Michael Pistiner

Dr. Michael Pistiner

Advice on Skin Products

Q.  I have a soy allergy, and find that many personal care products, such as shampoos and body wash, contain soy. How concerned do I need to be about soy in these types of products? Dr. Pistiner: Although oral ingestion is the most common and concerning form of exposure to an allergen, such as soy, …

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Advice on Reacting to Smell of Peanut

Q. Can I react to the smell of peanut/nuts? Dr. Ham Pong: You can be assured that anaphylaxis to airborne food particles is very rare. An allergic reaction to food will not occur because someone is eating it in a classroom or vicinity of the allergic person. The main reason for advising that the allergenic …

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