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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Fruit & Vegetable Allergies be Related to a Pollen Allergy?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: Over the past year, I started getting a terribly itchy mouth if I ate apples or pears or celery. Now carrots and potatoes, too! My doctor says this is a form of food allergy, related to my pollen allergies. Can you help me understand this? I’m concerned about what’s OK to eat. Dr. Sharma: This …

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

What is Contact Dermatitis?

By Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

Q. I have hand eczema that is red, scaly and itchy. My doctor thinks it’s “contact dermatitis” and is sending me for patch testing. Can you tell me about the condition and test? FYI, I’m a caterer, so I do wash my hands a lot. Dr. Skotnicki: Contact dermatitis is a common occupational medical issue. It will occur in occupations where there is exposure …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

What Type of Formula Can I Give to My Milk-Allergic Baby?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’ve been breastfeeding, and would like to begin introducing  formula to my milk-allergic baby. I’m confused about which types are safe to give her. Can you help? Dr. Sharma: Your confusion is understandable since so many options are available. There are two categories of hypoallergenic cows’s milk-based formulas: extensively hydrolyzed (Alimentum, Nutramigen) and amino acid-based …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Are Nuts and Legumes Related?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I understand my daughter being allergic to peanuts and soy beans – as they are both legumes. But following a reaction, she’s now confirmed allergic to tree nuts. Is this coincidence or are nuts and legumes related? Dr. Sharma: This is not coincidence, as about one-quarter to one-half of people with peanut allergy also have …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

What causes hives to appear in a food-allergic reaction?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Why do we get hives in a food-allergic reaction? And will they always appear?  Dr. Sicherer: Hives, also called urticaria, develop when allergy cells in the skin release chemicals, including histamine, that cause localized swelling, redness and itching. The response looks like a series of mosquito bites, often across an expanse of skin, but various …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Is it common for a milk allergy to progress into a nut allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: As a baby, my son was diagnosed with a cow’s milk allergy and now, at age 4, had a reaction to cashews and the allergist has diagnosed him with a nut allergy. Is this type of food allergy progression common? might he gain more allergies?  Dr. Sicherer: About 35 percent of infants with a milk …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

How Do I Know When to Use My Auto-Injector?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My 5-year-old is newly diagnosed with anaphylaxis to soy and peanut. I’m a little nervous about when to use the auto-injector. If a reaction occurs, how do I know if the symptoms are serious enough to use it? e.g. would he need to be wheezing?  Dr. Sharma: Dealing with a new diagnosis of a food …

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