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Dr. Wade Watson

Can Exercise Trigger a Food-Allergy Reaction?

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 […]

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Controlling Seasonal Allergies

Q: My daughter is 10 and has allergies to pollen, dust, cats and peanuts. In the months of her allergies (May through September) she will sneeze day or night. Lately, every night around 3 a.m. she is up and sneezing – and her biggest “allergy months” lie just ahead. We don’t have cats, we don’t smoke in the […]

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Latex Allergy in Children

Q: At a birthday party a few months ago, my 5-year-old’s whole face became swollen, her breathing became difficult, and a rash covered her face and arms. Amelia has not been diagnosed with a latex allergy (the kids were playing with balloons). What can you tell me about it? I’m scared for my daughter.  Dr. Watson: Latex […]

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Advice on Christmas Tree Reactions

Q: My 6-year-old daughter has severe dust and pollen allergies, which trigger her asthma. We’ve been invited to an aunt’s for Christmas dinner, but I know they always have a real tree set up in the living room, where the family gathers. I’d hate to miss the event – would a few hours at her […]

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Question on Exercise-Induced Wheezing

Q: My 14-year-old daughter wheezes when she exercises, so our family doctor prescribed her a salbutamol inhaler to use to relieve the wheezing. Is that appropriate or should she be on a daily medication? Dr. Watson: Exercise-induced wheezing is a sign of asthma. It was appropriate for your family doctor to prescribe a “reliever” inhaler […]

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Could Baby’s Rash Be Food-Allergy Related?

Q: My 10-month-old often has a rash on her cheeks. Her pediatrician described it as mild eczema. Her skin is clear elsewhere. Could the rash be from something she is eating or that I’m eating (I’m breastfeeding)? Should I keep a food diary? Dr. Watson: Rashes on young children’s faces are common, and eczema can […]

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Will our baby develop asthma, too?

Q. My husband has controlled moderate-to-severe asthma. We now have a four-month-old, and I’m concerned that he may develop asthma, too. Should we take any special precautions with the baby during spring allergy season? Dr. Watson: There are many factors that contribute to the development of asthma in children. Having a mother or father with […]

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Advice on Testing Toddler for Food Allergy

Q. I have peanut and soy allergies and my husband gets hay fever, so I’ve been putting off introducing our son (no known allergies) to peanuts and nuts. He’s 2 ½ and going to daycare soon, so we have to start the process. My allergist is willing to skin test, but if there haven’t been […]

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Advice on French Fries and Oil

Q. My 5-year-old daughter has several food allergies (eggs, peanuts, sesame, peas), and recently tested allergic to fish and shellfish. In past, sometimes the only safe thing she could eat at a restaurant was French fries. But now with the fish allergy, I’m wondering: is it OK for the French fries to be fried in […]

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Advice on Living with Wasp Allergy

Q. I was stung by a wasp last year, with no reaction. About three weeks later I was stung again and my lips and ears swelled, as did my arm where I was stung. I’ve been told I’m anaphylactic now, and I’m afraid when I’m outside. How do I go on living a normal life? […]

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