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Dr. Scott Sicherer

Can Skin Contact Cause Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My daughter, who’s 7 years old, has dairy and other allergies and asthma, and has had one anaphylactic reaction. Then last fall, she broke out in big welts on her arms where another child’s milk spilled on her. (She did not get wheezing.) Is it possible to get anaphylaxis from skin contact with an …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Do Hand Sanitizers Protect Allergic Children?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My child’s school insists hand sanitizers are adequate for cleaning up children after eating. But to protect allergic children, don’t they need to use soap and water? Dr. Sicherer: Antibacterial gels and foams do not remove debris from hands, they only kill germs. These sanitizers will not remove milk, peanut or even dirt from …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Will a Peanut-allergic Child Also React to Chickpeas?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. My younger child is allergic to peanuts and our family doctor recently said he should be avoid chickpeas (which he hasn’t tried) as well. She says there’s a high risk of reaction in peanut-allergic kids. Is this true? Dr. Scott Sicherer: It is true that there is a “higher” risk of a chickpea allergy …

Dr. Wade Watson

Advice on Sesame vs. Sunflower

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q. My son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and all seeds. I’m curious about the seed allergies: why is sesame viewed as a major allergen and declared in the ingredients of foods while sunflower seeds and oil are not? Also, since seeds are an issue, should we be worrying about mustard and mustard seed? Dr. Watson: …

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Advice on Reacting to Smell of Peanut

By Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Q. Can I react to the smell of peanuts or nuts? Dr. Ham Pong: You can be assured that anaphylaxis to airborne food particles is very rare. An allergic reaction to food will not occur because someone is eating it in a classroom or vicinity of the allergic person. The main reason for advising that …

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