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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. Scott Sicherer

How Long Until Someone Starts to Feel Better After Food Allergy Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: I’m severely allergic to tree nuts and eggs and recently had a frightening anaphylactic reaction in which I had trouble breathing and became covered in hives. I used my auto-injector, had a second dose in the ambulance and required a third dose at the hospital.  My question: how long does it take for someone’s …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Why Does Asthma Put a Food-Allergic Child at a Higher Risk of Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Why does asthma put a child with food allergies at higher risk of anaphylaxis than other children with food allergies?  Dr. Sicherer: Asthma is a condition in which the airways narrow, become inflamed and make extra mucus. There are many triggers of asthma including airborne allergens, exercise, infections, smoke, cold air, and others. Foods that are otherwise tolerated are …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Encouraging a Child to Eat After Anaphylaxis

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My 10-year-old with allergies to dairy, egg and peanut had an anaphylactic reaction four months ago and has been eating like a bird since. She refuses to try any food she hasn’t eaten before. Have you got any suggestions so I can help her to get over fearfulness around food? Dr. Sharma: After experiencing …

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 …

Dr. Susan Waserman

Advice on Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

By Dr. Susan Waserman

Q: I have had four severe allergic reactions (wheezing, swollen eyelids, sneezing) but there was nothing common to each experience – nothing I could figure out, anyway. Two of the times I hadn’t even eaten anything. A skin test was inconclusive. My doctor called it “idiopathic anaphylaxis.” What do you suggest I do going forward?  …

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 …

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