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Dr. Clifford Bassett

Visiting and Asthma: When Relatives Own a Cat

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: It took a long time to get our 10-year-old daughter’s asthma under control with medication. One of her triggers is cat dander, and over the holidays we’re visiting the in-laws who have a cat. Is it safe to stay with them? (My mother-in-law promises to board the cat, and vacuum like crazy.) Or would …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

What to Do If You Have a Reaction When Home Alone

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’m a single mom and my teenager with multiple food allergies is alone in our apartment before I get home from work (about 6 p.m.). Any suggestions for what she should do if she finds herself having a reaction while on her own? Dr. Sharma:  Putting a plan in place for managing anaphylaxis is critical in all settings, and is especially important …

Dr. Michael Pistiner

My Child is Afraid of Using The Auto-Injector, What Can I do?

By Dr. Michael Pistiner

Q: My child is afraid of the auto-injector. What can I do? Dr. Pistiner: I’ve met kids whose eyes widen and  tears well up at the mere mention of an auto-injector. This is a very real issue that comes up for some children. We should all keep in mind that sometimes the unknown can be scarier …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can You Be Allergic to Just One Type of Tree Nut?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My child tested highly positive to tree nut allergy, but I know she has eaten foods with almonds and hazelnuts without a problem. Does this mean, though, that she might go on to develop a nut allergy? Dr. Sharma: It would first be important to confirm which specific tree nuts tested positive for your …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Can Fussiness in a Child be a Sign of Allergic Reaction?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Recently my mother was babysitting my son, who is 3 years old and peanut-allergic. She called me distressed; she had given my son a cookie she’d baked and he’d broken out in some hives on his face and began rubbing his nose. But what really made her think something was wrong was that he was suddenly very fussy, cranky …

Dr. Wade Watson

Are Smears on a Football a Risk for Nut Allergies?

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q: My son goes to high school next fall and wants to try out for the football team. He has peanut and nut allergies, so is there a risk of him coming in contact with nut residue on the ball? Other boys will eat products containing these foods.  Dr. Watson: For children and young adults with …

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Sports Breathing Issues – Asthma or Not?

By Dr. Clifford Bassett

Q: My teenage son had a second spell of bad breathing during a school basketball game. Even when he stopped playing, it felt like somebody was sitting on his chest. Could this be due to asthma? Dr. Bassett: Your suspicions might be warranted, particularly if your son has a history of allergies and asthma. Exercise-induced …

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