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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can You be Allergic to Spices?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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 …

Dr. Wade Watson

Can Peanut and Egg Allergies be Related?

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q: My daughter has developed an egg allergy at 12 months. At the appointment where tests confirmed this, the allergist mentioned being “mindful of possible peanut allergy.” I’m confused: are these two allergies related? And what can I do to be careful? Dr. Watson: Your daughter is an age where new food allergies can develop. I think the …

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

What is Contact Dermatitis?

By Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

Q. I have hand eczema that is red, scaly and itchy. My doctor thinks it’s “contact dermatitis” and is sending me for patch testing. Can you tell me about the condition and test? FYI, I’m a caterer, so I do wash my hands a lot. Dr. Skotnicki: Contact dermatitis is a common occupational medical issue. It will occur in occupations where there is exposure …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Is it Possible to be Allergic to Garlic?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I have recently begun getting hives and diarrhea after eating foods containing garlic (which seems the only common denominator). Is it possible to be allergic to garlic, and should I see an allergist?  Dr. Sharma: It is possible to be allergic to garlic, but it appears to be rare and only a few cases …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Why isn’t Sesame a Top Allergen in the U.S.?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My 11-year-old has sesame allergy and I keep hearing about more and more sesame-allergic children. Why isn’t sesame on the top allergens list and labeled on foods as an allergen? Dr. Sicherer: Sesame is not regulated in U.S. labeling laws, although it is included in these laws in many other countries, including Canada. The …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

What can we safely feed our child with multiple food allergies?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I have a 2-year-old who is highly allergic to milk, eggs, wheat and tree nuts and is still on his hypoallergenic infant formula. It’s so difficult to move forward with introducing new foods, and I can’t bring myself to experiment with rice drink (milk). I’m fearful he’ll have an anaphylactic reaction, such as he …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Can Asthma Be Outgrown?

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: I had asthma as a kid, but seemed to outgrow it. I’m 33 now, and I’ve developed a cough, and have felt tight in the chest around my girlfriend’s cat. Can asthma come back? Dr. Bassett: We know that asthma tends to persist from childhood through adulthood. A person may not have symptoms for …

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