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Dr. Scott Sicherer

Why are There So Many Food Allergies Today?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Since my 6-year-old has multiple allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, soy and sesame), people ask me all the time: why are there so many food allergies today? Do you have a good shorthand answer?  Dr. Sicherer: The shortest answer is “we do not know exactly” and the long answer could involve writing a tome. There are …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

If a Child Passed a Milk and Egg Challenge Test, Is There Still a Risk of Reacting?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My severely allergic child passed a baked egg and milk challenge in the allergist’s office. We are starting to introduce foods with baked allergens, like muffins and bread. I’m optimistic but nervous. Do you find many children in our son’s situation returning with reports of reactions or even anaphylaxis? And, if he continues to …

Dr. Wade Watson

Can Exercise Trigger a Food-Allergy Reaction?

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q: My son recently passed a baked milk challenge at his allergist’s office. I regularly feed him small pieces of caked baked with milk. He usually tolerates it, but on two occasions, he broke out in hives, developed swollen lips and felt tightness in his chest. Interestingly, on both occasions, he played sports about an hour after eating the …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Kissing With Severe Food Allergies

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’m a teenager with severe allergies to tree nuts and sesame seeds. If my boyfriend eats something that I’m allergic to, how much time should we wait before kissing?  Dr. Sharma: Dating can sometimes pose challenges for teens with food allergies, and kissing has been found to sometimes cause allergic reactions. In two studies between …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

What can we safely feed our child with multiple food allergies?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I have a 2-year-old who is highly allergic to milk, eggs, wheat and tree nuts and is still on his hypoallergenic infant formula. It’s so difficult to move forward with introducing new foods, and I can’t bring myself to experiment with rice drink (milk). I’m fearful he’ll have an anaphylactic reaction, such as he …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

At What Age are You Less Likely to Outgrow a Milk Allergy?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’m a teacher with a daughter in high school who has allergies to dairy and soy. When she was little, the pediatrician said: “She’ll outgrow the milk allergy.” She hasn’t, and last year had a serious reaction. At my school I’m now seeing kids in fifth and sixth grades with dairy allergies. Is there an …

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