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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Puberty Make Allergy Symptoms Worse?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My 12-year-old with legume allergies had only ever had mild reactions, then recently she had an accidental exposure to food containing soy flour and experienced anaphylaxis. Could this reaction have anything to do with hormonal changes, since she has only recently hit puberty? Dr. Sharma: As your daughter’s case illustrates, food allergy reactions are unpredictable, and …

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

How to Get Your Skin Winter-Ready with Eczema

By Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

Q. Last winter, it was very cold where I live, and I struggled with my atopic eczema. I got outbreaks of dry, flaky or blistering skin, especially on my neck and near my mouth. Do you have suggestions for “winterizing” my skin? I’d like to avoid steroid creams again. For instance, would a super mild soap …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can a Child With a Peanut or Nut Allergy React to Dog Treats With Allergens?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My son has peanut and tree nut allergies and we now own a dog, and on weekdays she is walked by a service. As some dog treats contain peanut butter or nut ingredients, should I be concerned about what the walker feeds the dog? Is there any risk of a serous allergic reaction?  Dr. …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

How to Keep a Food Diary and Other Info to Bring to a First Allergist’s Visit

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: For the second time, our 1-year-old has broken out in hives after eating. And this time was worse – many hives on his face chest and arms. Our doctor is sending us to an allergist and told us to “keep a food diary.” What should go into one, and what other information is helpful …

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 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 an …

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 …

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