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Is it common for a milk allergy to progress into a nut allergy?

Q: As a baby, my son was diagnosed with a cow’s milk allergy and now, at age 4, had a reaction to cashews and the allergist has diagnosed him with a nut allergy. Is this type of food allergy progression common? might he gain more allergies?  Dr. Sicherer: About 35 percent of infants with a milk […]

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How Do I Know When to Use My Auto-Injector?

Q: My 5-year-old is newly diagnosed with anaphylaxis to soy and peanut. I’m a little nervous about when to use the auto-injector. If a reaction occurs, how do I know if the symptoms are serious enough to use it? e.g. would he need to be wheezing?  Dr. Sharma: Dealing with a new diagnosis of a food […]

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Asthma Symptoms Triggered by Asprin?

Q: After taking asprin recently, I began to get asthma symptoms. I’ve since read online that some asthmatics are sensitive to asprin. Can you tell me why?  Dr. Bassett: A small number of those with asthma can be adversely affected by asprin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. In some cases, the resulting […]

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Can Skin Exposures Worsen a Child’s Allergy?

Q: I have two young children, and my 18-month-old daughter has had an anaphylactic reaction to dairy. I’ve been letting her older brother continue to eat cheese at lunch, but sometimes he’ll touch or grab his sister’s arm before I can wash him up. This happened recently and she got a few hives. Could skin […]

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Are Sinus Infections Connected to Asthma?

Q: I have moderate-persistent asthma and get frustrated with how often I get sinus infections. Is sinusitis actually connected to asthma and is there a good way to control it?  Dr. Bassett: The relationship of your sinuses and their effects on the lungs is well known. Some even refer to the nose-lung connection as 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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Allergic Rhinitis or the Common Cold?

Q: When should a parent suspect a child has allergic rhinitis as opposed to just a persistent cold?  Dr. Bassett: Allergies do share many symptoms with the common cold, but rhinitis has some telltale signs. A major clue to indicate your child has seasonal or indoor allergies is a strong family history. In a child with allergic […]

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Is Peanut Oil Safe or Not?

Q: I’ve read differing views about peanut oil. Some say it’s safe for those with peanut allergy because it is “most often” highly refined and would contain no protein. The problem I have is, how would we know if it is the highly refined kind and therefore safe? What’s your view? Dr. Sicherer: The trigger […]

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Encouraging a Child to Eat After Anaphylaxis

Q: My 10-year-old with allergies to dairy, egg and peanut had an anaphylactic reaction four months ago and has been eating like a bird since. She refuses to try any food she hasn’t eaten before. Have you got any suggestions so I can help her to get over fearfulness around food? Dr. Sharma: After experiencing […]

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Is it Possible to be Allergic to Garlic?

Q: I have recently begun getting hives and diarrhea after eating foods containing garlic (which seems the only common denominator). Is it possible to be allergic to garlic, and should I see an allergist?  Dr. Sharma: It is possible to be allergic to garlic, but it appears to be rare and only a few cases […]

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