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Can Someone With a Nut Allergy React to Mangoes or Peppercorns?

Q: Testing has confirmed that our 4-year-old is allergic to cashews and pistachios. (We visited an allergist after our daughter’s reaction to one cashew, in which her eye and lips became swollen and she got hives.) I’m unclear about what other foods she’ll need to avoid. While those are the only nuts she tested allergic […]

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How to Control The Itch and Blurring of Eye Allergies

Q: I moved to the northeast and find the tree pollen in spring bothers my eyes incredibly. They burn, itch, blur, and I get nasty conjunctivitis. Is there such a thing as “eye allergy” — and how do I control it? Dr. Bassett: In spring trees including birch, maple/box elder, alder and oak release their pollen, […]

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What is an FPIES Food Allergy?

Q: My grandson has been a very sick little boy who has suffered bouts of severe diarrhea and vomiting. At last his parents got a diagnosis for him — a type of allergy called FPIES, and they’re now avoiding several foods including milk and soy. It seems it’s not a “typical” food allergy. Could you […]

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How Long Until Someone Starts to Feel Better After Food Allergy Anaphylaxis?

Q: I’m severely allergic to tree nuts and eggs and recently had a frightening anaphylactic reaction in which I had trouble breathing and became covered in hives. I used my auto-injector, had a second dose in the ambulance and required a third dose at the hospital.  My question: how long does it take for someone’s […]

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At What Age are You Less Likely to Outgrow a Milk Allergy?

Q: I’m a teacher with a daughter in high school who has allergies to dairy and soy. When she was little, the pediatrician said: “She’ll outgrow the milk allergy.” She hasn’t, and last year had a serious reaction. At my school I’m now seeing kids in fifth and sixth grades with dairy allergies. Is there an […]

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What Can I Do for My Baby’s Terrible Eczema?

Q: I have an 18-month-old with eczema all over his face and body. He was tested at 12 months for allergies, and was found to be allergic to eggs, soy, milk and wheat, and also to dog dander. I continue to nurse him for now. I have tired many creams and none seems to help […]

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Are Allergic Reactions Without Hives Unusual?

Q: I’d been led to understand that you had to have hives to have an allergic reaction, but my daughter, who’s 14, has come through an anaphylactic reaction to nuts (she ate a food product that turned out to contain cashews). She was nauseated, wheezing and the ER said her blood pressure dropped low. But not […]

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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 Food Allergies Put You at a Higher Risk of Developing Asthma?

Q: My 6-year-old son has food allergies and now also seems to be coughing a lot during the night (long after he’s eaten). Could he be developing asthma? How can we know and what are the next steps?  Dr. Bassett: You are right to be concerned. A history of atopy or allergy, including to food, increases […]

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