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Dr. Hemant Sharma

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

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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. …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

How to Keep a Food Diary and Other Info to Bring to a First Allergist’s Visit

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: For the second time, our 1-year-old has broken out in hives after eating. And this time was worse – many hives on his face chest and arms. Our doctor is sending us to an allergist and told us to “keep a food diary.” What should go into one, and what other information is helpful …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

How a Coach Can Help a Child Having an Asthma Attack

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: I’m a baseball coach and one of our team members recently had a mild asthma attack. I followed the action plan, made sure the child got two puffs of the reliever inhaler, and told the parent. I’m left wondering: how do you know that it’s a more severe attack and time to call an …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Antihistamines Mask Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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 …

Dr. Wade Watson

How to Introduce Peanuts or Nuts When a Sibling Has Allergies

By Dr. Wade Watson

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 …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

How to Introduce Peanuts or Nuts When a Sibling Has Allergies

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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 …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

How Smog Can Worsen Asthma and Grass Allergy in Summer

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q. My asthma is always harder to control in summer. I have a grass allergy, and smog affects me more when it’s hot. Do the two triggers somehow act together to increase chances of an attack? How can I keep control? Dr. Bassett: Smog contains air contaminants, such as ground-level ozone, which researchers have associated …

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