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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. 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. Scott Sicherer

How to Keep a Food Diary and Other Info to Bring to a First Allergist’s Visit

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: For the second time, our 1-year-old has broken out in hives after eating. And this time was worse – many hives on his face chest and arms. Our doctor is sending us to an allergist and told us to “keep a food diary.” What should go into one, and what other information is helpful …

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