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Dr. Scott Sicherer

Is Shea Nut Butter Safe With a Tree-Nut Allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My 5-year-old is allergic to tree nuts, and I’d like to know more about shea (nut) butter, as it’s in so many products. Is it safe to use on her skin as a lotion? Are candies with it safe for her to eat?  Dr. Sicherer: Shea nut butter or oil is derived from the seed of …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Asthma and Swimming: How to Keep Chlorine in Check

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: We’re amazed that our young daughter with asthma loves swimming (indoors as well as out). We thought the water and chlorine would bother her lungs, but they don’t. Is swimming OK for, or even good for, asthma? Dr. Bassett:  Generally speaking, swimming is among the best exercise choices for a child, adolescent or young …

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 …

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