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Dr. Scott Sicherer

Is Peanut Oil Safe or Not?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: I’ve read differing views about peanut oil. Some say it’s safe for those with peanut allergy because it is “most often” highly refined and would contain no protein. The problem I have is, how would we know if it is the highly refined kind and therefore safe? What’s your view? Dr. Sicherer: The trigger …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Will a Peanut-allergic Child Also React to Chickpeas?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. My younger child is allergic to peanuts and our family doctor recently said he should be avoid chickpeas (which he hasn’t tried) as well. She says there’s a high risk of reaction in peanut-allergic kids. Is this true? Dr. Scott Sicherer: It is true that there is a “higher” risk of a chickpea allergy …

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Advice on Reacting to Smell of Peanut

By Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Q. Can I react to the smell of peanuts or nuts? Dr. Ham Pong: You can be assured that anaphylaxis to airborne food particles is very rare. An allergic reaction to food will not occur because someone is eating it in a classroom or vicinity of the allergic person. The main reason for advising that …

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. 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 …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Can Fussiness in a Child be a Sign of Allergic Reaction?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Recently my mother was babysitting my son, who is 3 years old and peanut-allergic. She called me distressed; she had given my son a cookie she’d baked and he’d broken out in some hives on his face and began rubbing his nose. But what really made her think something was wrong was that he was suddenly very fussy, cranky …

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