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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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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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Can Baked Egg Be Egg Safe?

Q: My 7-year-old is anaphylactic to milk and peanut. He also has a mild egg allergy: he has never had a problem tolerating foods containing baked egg, and has mild diarrhea if he eats an actual egg. But based on a mild-positive skin test, our new allergist is recommending complete avoidance of egg, and says this […]

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Why isn’t Sesame a Top Allergen in the U.S.?

Q: My 11-year-old has sesame allergy and I keep hearing about more and more sesame-allergic children. Why isn’t sesame on the top allergens list and labeled on foods as an allergen? Dr. Sicherer: Sesame is not regulated in U.S. labeling laws, although it is included in these laws in many other countries, including Canada. The […]

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What can we safely feed our child with multiple food allergies?

Q: I have a 2-year-old who is highly allergic to milk, eggs, wheat and tree nuts and is still on his hypoallergenic infant formula. It’s so difficult to move forward with introducing new foods, and I can’t bring myself to experiment with rice drink (milk). I’m fearful he’ll have an anaphylactic reaction, such as he […]

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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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