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Dr. Scott Sicherer

Is There a Connection Between Dry Roasting Peanuts and Allergies?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Does the dry roasting cooking process used to make peanut butter and many peanut snacks have anything to do with how allergenic peanuts have become for so many?  Dr. Sicherer: There is a theory that the process of roasting  makes changes in peanut proteins that result in a more allergenic form. It’s important to realize …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Why Does Asthma Put a Food-Allergic Child at a Higher Risk of Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

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 that are otherwise tolerated are …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Food Challenges When Outgrowing Milk and Egg Allergies

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My severely allergic child passed a baked egg and milk challenge in the allergist’s office. We are starting to introduce foods with baked allergens, like muffins and bread. I’m optimistic but nervous. Do you find many children in our son’s situation returning with reports of reactions or even anaphylaxis? And, if he continues to …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Are Lupine Beans Related to Peanuts?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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 …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Visiting and Asthma: When Relatives Own a Cat

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: It took a long time to get our 10-year-old daughter’s asthma under control with medication. One of her triggers is cat dander, and over the holidays we’re visiting the in-laws who have a cat. Is it safe to stay with them? (My mother-in-law promises to board the cat, and vacuum like crazy.) Or would …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

What to Do If You Have a Reaction When Home Alone

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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 …

Dr. Michael Pistiner

My Child is Afraid of Using The Auto-Injector, What Can I do?

By Dr. Michael Pistiner

Q: My child is afraid of the auto-injector. What can I do? Dr. Pistiner: I’ve met kids whose eyes widen and  tears well up at the mere mention of an auto-injector. This is a very real issue that comes up for some children. We should all keep in mind that sometimes the unknown can be scarier …

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