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Dr. Clifford Bassett

How a Coach Can Help a Child Having an Asthma Attack

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: I’m a baseball coach and one of our team members recently had a mild asthma attack. I followed the asthma action plan, made sure the child got two puffs of the reliever inhaler, and told the parent. I’m left wondering: how do you know that it’s a more severe attack and time to call …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Antihistamines Mask Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My 4-year-old son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, and we recently learned he also has grass allergies. Our family doctor said to give him a daily antihistamine during grass-pollen season, but our allergist said not to, because it could mask symptoms of anaphylaxis. What should we do? Dr. Sharma: Many children with …

Dr. Wade Watson

How to Introduce Peanuts or Nuts When a Sibling Has Allergies

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q. My husband and daughter have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Our youngest just had a skin test and does not have a peanut or tree nut allergy. Since he is at higher risk with our family history, the allergist recommended that I start to introduce peanuts and nuts into my son’s diet  to …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

How to Introduce Peanuts or Nuts When a Sibling Has Allergies

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q. My husband and daughter have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Our youngest just had a skin test and does not have a peanut or tree nut allergy. Since he is at higher risk with our family history, the allergist recommended that I start to introduce peanuts and nuts into my son’s diet  to …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

How Smog Can Worsen Asthma and Grass Allergy in Summer

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q. My asthma is always harder to control in summer. I have a grass allergy, and smog affects me more when it’s hot. Do the two triggers somehow act together to increase chances of an attack? How can I keep control? Dr. Bassett: Smog contains air contaminants, such as ground-level ozone, which researchers have associated …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

How to Take Control of a Horse Allergy

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q. My daughter loves horseback riding, but has developed an allergy to horses, which ranges from congestion and eye symptoms to even sometimes hives on her hands if she touches a horse. Is there any therapy that would help? Dr. Bassett: The conundrum is to have your daughter enjoy her pastime of riding and still …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Can Someone With a Nut Allergy React to Mangoes or Peppercorns?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Testing has confirmed that our 4-year-old is allergic to cashews and pistachios. (We visited an allergist after our daughter’s reaction to one cashew, in which her eye and lips became swollen and she got hives.) I’m unclear about what other foods she’ll need to avoid. While those are the only nuts she tested allergic …

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