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Dr. Susan Waserman

Is it Possible to be Allergic to Kiwi?

By Dr. Susan Waserman

Q: I recently fed my almost-3-year-old son kiwi, and he immediately complained that his “mouth hurt”. His top lip did appear somewhat swollen. We have no history of food allergies in the family, and he has eaten kiwi four or five times before without any reaction. I won’t give it to him again, but what …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

How Does Epinephrine Turn Off an Allergic Reaction?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q. How does epinephrine turn off an anaphylactic reaction? This seems rather amazing, since anaphylaxis affects so many body systems. Dr. Sharma:  The ability of epinephrine to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis is rather amazing. It acts on a number of receptors in the body to exert its effects. First, it causes constriction, or …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

When Can a Child Self-Inject?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Dr. Sicherer advises on when to prepare a child to administer an auto-injector in an emergency.

Dr. Scott Sicherer

How Can an Adult Develop Shrimp Allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. I’m 32 and just had my first anaphylaxis experience to shrimp. It was scary: I was wheezing and could hardly breathe. How can a grown woman suddenly develop a food allergy? Dr. Scott Sicherer: You are not alone in developing shrimp allergy as an adult. In our U.S. prevalence studies and studies in Canada …

Dr. Michael Pistiner

Advice on Nut Allergies at School

By Dr. Michael Pistiner

Q.  My daughter is allergic to several tree nuts, and is just starting kindergarten. Her school restricts peanuts, but not tree nuts. Can you give me any advice on how to keep her safe at school? Dr. Pistiner: Passing the responsibility of caring for children with food allergies to others can be tricky and anxiety-provoking. …

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