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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Do Asthma Inhalers Contain Milk Protein?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’ve recently read that asthma inhalers can contain a small amount of milk protein. Since my child has milk allergy and asthma, I’m worried. Is this true and how can she avoid the exposure? Dr. Sharma: It is true that some asthma inhalers contain lactose, and as a result, contain trace amounts of associated …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Does Alcohol Make Food Reactions Worse?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: I’m a university student with food allergies. I’ve heard that if you accidentally eat a food with your allergen while also drinking alcohol, your allergic reaction will be worse. Why would that happen? Dr. Sicherer: “Co-factor enhanced food allergy” is a term used to describe a situation where a food- allergic reaction is worse …

Dr. Wade Watson

Question on Exercise-Induced Wheezing

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q: My 14-year-old daughter wheezes when she exercises, so our family doctor prescribed her a salbutamol inhaler to use to relieve the wheezing. Is that appropriate or should she be on a daily medication? Dr. Watson: Exercise-induced wheezing is a sign of asthma. It was appropriate for your family doctor to prescribe a “reliever” inhaler …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Do Blood Test Results Show Allergy Likelihood?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My daughter, who’s 4, was diagnosed with peanut allergy shortly before her third birthday after experiencing a rash around her mouth when she ate a peanut butter cup. Her blood test for peanut showed an antibody level of 4.85, and it was 3.82 a year later. Her allergist suggests a food challenge in a …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Can Asthma Be Outgrown?

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: I had asthma as a kid, but seemed to outgrow it. I’m 33 now, and I’ve developed a cough, and have felt tight in the chest around my girlfriend’s cat. Can asthma come back? Dr. Bassett: We know that asthma tends to persist from childhood through adulthood. A person may not have symptoms for …

Dr. Wade Watson

Could Baby’s Rash Be Food-Allergy Related?

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q: My 10-month-old often has a rash on her cheeks. Her pediatrician described it as mild eczema. Her skin is clear elsewhere. Could the rash be from something she is eating or that I’m eating (I’m breastfeeding)? Should I keep a food diary? Dr. Watson: Rashes on young children’s faces are common, and eczema can …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Can Skin Contact Cause Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My daughter, who’s 7 years old, has dairy and other allergies and asthma, and has had one anaphylactic reaction. Then last fall, she broke out in big welts on her arms where another child’s milk spilled on her. (She did not get wheezing.) Is it possible to get anaphylaxis from skin contact with an …

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