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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Egg Allergy Lead to a Peanut Allergy?

Q: My daughter has developed an egg allergy at 12 months. At the appointment where tests confirmed this, the allergist mentored being “mindful of possible peanut allergy”. I’m confused: are these two allergies related? And if so, what can I do to be careful? Dr. Sharma: Allergies to egg and peanut often go together. For example, […]

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When to Test for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).

Q: I can barely get my 2.5-year-old to eat solid foods. He’s not even drawn to foods that kids love – like bologna or chicken nuggets. He’s underweight, complains of tummy aches, and when he does eat, it’s with great effort. He often gags or even throws up after eating a small amount. I don’t […]

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Can You be Allergic to Spices?

Q: My daughter is allergic to tree nuts, particularly cashews and pistachios. We’re a little confused about safe spices. Would sumac (used in Middle Eastern cuisine) and nutmeg be safe for her to eat?  Dr. Sharma: Spice allergy appears to be uncommon, although it may be under-diagnosed. A recent review estimated that it affects between […]

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Are Lupine Beans Related to Peanuts?

Q: While traveling in France, I had a brioche from a bakery. I’d been assured there were no peanuts in use (I’m an allergic 24-year-old). But after eating it, my throat began to tighten, breathing got difficult and I was sick to my stomach. I used my auto-injector and quickly felt better. I followed up with […]

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What to Do If You Have a Reaction When Home Alone

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Kissing With Severe Food Allergies

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 […]

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Can Fruit & Vegetable Allergies be Related to a Pollen Allergy?

Q: Over the past year, I started getting a terribly itchy mouth if I ate apples or pears or celery. Now carrots and potatoes, too! My doctor says this is a form of food allergy, related to my pollen allergies. Can you help me understand this? I’m concerned about what’s OK to eat. Dr. Sharma: This […]

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What Type of Formula Can I Give to My Milk-Allergic Baby?

Q: I’ve been breastfeeding, and would like to begin introducing formula to my milk-allergic baby. I’m confused about which types are safe to give her. Can you help? Dr. Sharma: Your confusion is understandable since so many options are available. There are two categories of hypoallergenic formulas available: extensively hydrolyzed (Alimentum, Nutramigen) and amino acid-based (Elecare, […]

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Are Nuts and Peanuts Related?

Q: I understand my daughter being allergic to peanuts and soy beans – as they are both legumes. But following a reaction, she’s now confirmed allergic to tree nuts. Is this coincidence or are nuts and legumes related? Dr. Sharma: This is not coincidence, as about one-quarter to one-half of people with peanut allergy also have […]

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