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Dr. Susan Waserman

Advice on Teens who Resist Carrying Auto-Injectors

By Dr. Susan Waserman

Q. My son has tree nut allergy and asthma. He’s 16, starting to date and getting confrontational about not wanting to carry his auto-injector. He also no longer believes he’s that allergic – his only major reaction to cashews was back when he was 3 years old. The allergist doesn’t think his IgE levels are …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Can Cat Allergy Develop in Adult Life?

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q. My teenage daughter brought home (and we’ve adopted) a calico cat. I started getting a runny nose and a cough when near it, so I went to an allergist for testing. The results were positive. I don’t get it: our family had cats when I was a child. Can you develop an allergy to …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Are Coconuts Safe with Tree Nut Allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. I’ve read differing views on whether it would be safe for a nut-allergic person to eat baked goods with coconut or coconut oil. What’s your view on coconut? Dr. Scott Sicherer: Despite its name, coconut is not actually a nut, but a fruit. Regardless, the Food and Drug Administration considers it a tree nut, …

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. Hemant Sharma

How Does Epinephrine Turn Off an Allergic Reaction?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q. How does epinephrine turn off an anaphylactic reaction? This seems rather amazing, since anaphylaxis affects so many body systems. Dr. Sharma:  The ability of epinephrine to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis is rather amazing. It acts on a number of receptors in the body to exert its effects. First, it causes constriction, or …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Why Does My Latex Allergic Child Need to Avoid Bananas?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q. We’ve just learned that my daughter is allergic to latex. My doctor listed things she has to avoid now – like most balloons, BandAids, apples and bananas. I get balloons and bandages, but bananas? Can you clarify? Dr. Sharma A.  Let’s take a closer look at your daughter’s latex allergy to help clarify this. …

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