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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. Scott Sicherer

Why are There So Many Food Allergies Today?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Since my 6-year-old has multiple allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, soy and sesame), people ask me all the time: why are there so many food allergies today? Do you have a good shorthand answer?  Dr. Sicherer: The shortest answer is “we do not know exactly” and the long answer could involve writing a tome. There are …

Dr. Wade Watson

How Can I Guard My Allergic Child Against Kindergarten Allergen Exposures?

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q: I’ve got a child who is highly active and impulsive. He has milk, egg and peanut allergies and is just starting kindergarten. The school seems allergy-aware, but it’s my son I’m worried about. Do you have any advice? I’m doubtful my messages are getting through to this Curious George. Dr. Watson: Sending a child with …

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 …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Is Shea Nut Butter Safe With a Tree-Nut Allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My 5-year-old is allergic to tree nuts, and I’d like to know more about shea (nut) butter, as it’s in so many products. Is it safe to use on her skin as a lotion? Are candies with it safe for her to eat?  Dr. Sicherer: Shea nut butter or oil is derived from the seed of …

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