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Dr. Wade Watson

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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Advice on Sesame vs. Sunflower

Q. My son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and all seeds. I’m curious about the seed allergies: why is sesame viewed as a major allergen and declared in the ingredients of foods while sunflower seeds and oil are not? Also, since seeds are an issue, should we be worrying about mustard and mustard seed? Dr. Watson: […]

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About Preventing Allergies in Siblings

Q. I have three children, aged 12, 7 and 18 months. My 12-year-old daughter developed peanut allergy at 2. My 7-year-old daughter had a test at 3 and wasn’t allergic to peanut. Now at age 7, she is. Why is that? And is there anything preventative I can do for my 18-month-old son? Dr. Watson: […]

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