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Dr. Scott Sicherer

When Can a Child Self-Inject?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Dr. Sicherer advises on when to prepare a child to administer an auto-injector in an emergency.

Dr. Scott Sicherer

How Can an Adult Develop Shrimp Allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. I’m 32 and just had my first anaphylaxis experience to shrimp. It was scary: I was wheezing and could hardly breathe. How can a grown woman suddenly develop a food allergy? Dr. Scott Sicherer: You are not alone in developing shrimp allergy as an adult. In our U.S. prevalence studies and studies in Canada …

Ask Asthma Educators

Tween-Age Asthma

By Ask Asthma Educators

Sometimes at school, you don’t want other kids to see you with your inhaler. But you need your medication. What to do? We asked certified asthma educators Ingrid Baerg and Angela Alexander for some tips. First tip: The great thing about asthma is that if you learn to control it, asthma  won’t control you. Some …

Dr. Wade Watson

Will our baby develop asthma, too?

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q. My husband has controlled moderate-to-severe asthma. We now have a four-month-old, and I’m concerned that he may develop asthma, too. Should we take any special precautions with the baby during spring allergy season? Dr. Watson: There are many factors that contribute to the development of asthma in children. Having a mother or father with …

Dr. Susan Waserman

Allergic to Daffodils?

By Dr. Susan Waserman

Q. Last year while volunteering for the Cancer Society, my teenage daughter had a reaction to the daffodils she was handing out. She went completely red in the face, got itchy hives on her hands and arms and her throat felt tight. (The latter may have been anxiety.) As it seems she’s allergic to daffodils, …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Eczema’s Link to Milk Allergy

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. I have long wondered: Is eczema directly linked to cow’s milk allergy? Dr. Sicherer: The allergic form of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is related to other allergic illnesses including asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and food allergies. These illnesses are inherited and often occur together in the same person. Infants and children …

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

Can Allergies Cause or Worsen Dyshidrotic Eczema?

By Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

Q. After months of misery, I’ve finally been diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema on my hands. My doctor says it’s genetic, but since I have asthma and environmental allergies, I wonder could this be caused or worsened by an allergy? Dr. Skotnicki: Dyshidrotic eczema, also known as pompholyx, is indeed a genetic skin disease, characterized by …

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