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Dr. Clifford Bassett

Can Cat Allergy Develop in Adult Life?

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q. My teenage daughter brought home (and we’ve adopted) a calico cat. I started getting a runny nose and a cough when near it, so I went to an allergist for testing. The results were positive. I don’t get it: our family had cats when I was a child. Can you develop an allergy to …

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. Hemant Sharma

When to Test for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I can barely get my 2.5-year-old to eat solid foods. He’s not even drawn to foods that kids love – like bologna or chicken nuggets. He’s underweight, complains of tummy aches, and when he does eat, it’s with great effort. He often gags or even throws up after eating a small amount. I don’t …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Can Food Allergies Put You at a Higher Risk of Developing Asthma?

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: My 6-year-old son has food allergies and now also seems to be coughing a lot during the night (long after he’s eaten). Could he be developing asthma? How can we know and what are the next steps?  Dr. Bassett: You are right to be concerned. A history of atopy or allergy, including to food, increases …

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 …

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