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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 …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Asthma and Swimming: How to Keep Chlorine in Check

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: We’re amazed that our young daughter with asthma loves swimming (indoors as well as out). We thought the water and chlorine would bother her lungs, but they don’t. Is swimming OK for, or even good for, asthma? Dr. Bassett:  Generally speaking, swimming is among the best exercise choices for a child, adolescent or young …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Is There a Connection Between Dry Roasting Peanuts and Allergies?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Does the dry roasting cooking process used to make peanut butter and many peanut snacks have anything to do with how allergenic peanuts have become for so many?  Dr. Sicherer: There is a theory that the process of roasting  makes changes in peanut proteins that result in a more allergenic form. It’s important to realize …

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