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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Do Asthma Inhalers Contain Milk Protein?

Q: I’ve recently read that asthma inhalers can contain a small amount of milk protein. Since my child has milk allergy and asthma, I’m worried. Is this true and how can she avoid the exposure? Dr. Sharma: It is true that some asthma inhalers contain lactose, and as a result, contain trace amounts of associated […]

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Do Blood Test Results Show Allergy Likelihood?

Q: My daughter, who’s 4, was diagnosed with peanut allergy shortly before her third birthday after experiencing a rash around her mouth when she ate a peanut butter cup. Her blood test for peanut showed an antibody level of 4.85, and it was 3.82 a year later. Her allergist suggests a food challenge in a […]

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Are Quail Eggs Safe for Egg Allergy?

Q: If my child’s allergic to chicken eggs, could I safely cook for him using quail eggs? Dr. Sharma: People with allergy to hen’s eggs are generally also allergic to other bird eggs, including quail, turkey, duck, goose and seagull. This is called cross-reactivity, which occurs because of the similarity in the protein structures among […]

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Can Nut Residue Stay on Sports Equipment?

Q: My son goes to high school next year and wants to try out for the football team. But he has peanut and nut allergies and I wonder: is there a risk of him coming in contact with nut residue on the ball?  Dr. Sharma: Having a food allergy shouldn’t limit a teen from living […]

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Can You Tell if a Food Allergy is Life-Threatening?

Q: What I don’t understand is: how does an expert decide whether a food allergy is “life-threatening” or not? This issue comes up frequently, such as when preparing forms for daycare or schools. Dr. Sharma: Your question is a great one because it points out a major limitation of our currently available food allergy tests, […]

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How Does Epinephrine Turn Off an Allergic Reaction?

Q. How does epinephrine turn off an anaphylactic reaction? This seems rather amazing, since anaphylaxis affects so many body systems. Dr. Sharma:  The ability of epinephrine to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis is rather amazing. It acts on a number of receptors in the body to exert its effects. First, it causes constriction, or […]

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Why Does My Latex Allergic Child Need to Avoid Bananas?

Q. We’ve just learned that my daughter is allergic to latex. My doctor listed things she has to avoid now – like most balloons, BandAids, apples and bananas. I get balloons and bandages, but bananas? Can you clarify? Dr. Sharma A.  Let’s take a closer look at your daughter’s latex allergy to help clarify this. […]

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Living Well with Food Allergy: Putting Risks and Fears into Perspective

The New York Times Magazine published an article last month called “The Allergy Buster” that has generated much discussion about food allergy and excitement for potential treatments under study.

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Is Goat’s Milk Safe for Dairy Allergy?

Q. Is it safe for my child with milk allergies to have goat’s milk or goat’s cheese? Dr. Hemant Sharma: This is a great question, and one that many parents of children with cow’s milk allergy have as they search for a suitable substitute for cow’s milk. Unfortunately, because goat’s milk protein is similar in […]

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