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Dr. Scott Sicherer

Do Reactions Worsen With Each Exposure?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Is it true that food allergies to shrimp or peanuts will get worse with every accidental exposure? I had my first (quite bad) reaction to shrimp at 25 years of age, and this worries me. Dr. Sicherer: No, it is not true. It is a common myth that allergic reactions automatically become worse with …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can You Tell if a Food Allergy is Life-Threatening?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: What I don’t understand is: how does an expert decide whether a food allergy is “life-threatening” or not? This issue comes up frequently, such as when preparing forms for daycare or schools. Dr. Sharma: Your question is a great one because it points out a major limitation of our currently available food allergy tests, …

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

Are Coconuts Safe with Tree Nut Allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. I’ve read differing views on whether it would be safe for a nut-allergic person to eat baked goods with coconut or coconut oil. What’s your view on coconut? Dr. Scott Sicherer: Despite its name, coconut is not actually a nut, but a fruit. Regardless, the Food and Drug Administration considers it a tree nut, …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

How can I deal with a child who disobeys food allergy rules?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. I have a 5-year-old son who is allergic to dairy, egg, banana, peanuts and other tree nuts. At a recent party, I told him that he could not have a certain kind of cracker being served, as it would make him sick. He grabbed it anyway started to eat it. I made him spit …

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 …

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