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Can Cat Allergy Develop in Adult Life?

Q. My teenage daughter brought home (and we’ve adopted) a calico cat. I started getting a runny nose and a cough when near it, so I went to an allergist for testing. The results were positive. I don’t get it: our family had cats when I was a child. Can you develop an allergy to […]

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Are Coconuts Safe with Tree Nut Allergy?

Q. I’ve read differing views on whether it would be safe for a nut-allergic person to eat baked goods with coconut or coconut oil. What’s your view on coconut? Dr. Scott Sicherer: Despite its name, coconut is not actually a nut, but a fruit. Regardless, the Food and Drug Administration considers it a tree nut, […]

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Will a Peanut-allergic Child Also React to Chickpeas?

Q. My younger child is allergic to peanuts and our family doctor recently said he should be avoid chickpeas (which he hasn’t tried) as well. She says there’s a high risk of reaction in peanut-allergic kids. Is this true? Dr. Scott Sicherer: It is true that there is a “higher” risk of a chickpea allergy […]

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How Does Epinephrine Turn Off an Allergic Reaction?

Q. How does epinephrine turn off an anaphylactic reaction? This seems rather amazing, since anaphylaxis affects so many body systems. Dr. Sharma:  The ability of epinephrine to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis is rather amazing. It acts on a number of receptors in the body to exert its effects. First, it causes constriction, or […]

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Why Does My Latex Allergic Child Need to Avoid Bananas?

Q. We’ve just learned that my daughter is allergic to latex. My doctor listed things she has to avoid now – like most balloons, BandAids, apples and bananas. I get balloons and bandages, but bananas? Can you clarify? Dr. Sharma A.  Let’s take a closer look at your daughter’s latex allergy to help clarify this. […]

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Living Well with Food Allergy: Putting Risks and Fears into Perspective

The New York Times Magazine published an article last month called “The Allergy Buster” that has generated much discussion about food allergy and excitement for potential treatments under study.

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Susan Waserman

Who Is More Likely to Develop Food Allergies Later in Life?

Dr. Waserman shares her insight.

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How can I deal with a child who disobeys food allergy rules?

Q. I have a 5-year-old son who is allergic to dairy, egg, banana, peanuts and other tree nuts. At a recent party, I told him that he could not have a certain kind of cracker being served, as it would make him sick. He grabbed it anyway started to eat it. I made him spit […]

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How close to steam would an allergic person have to be to react?

Dr. Sicherer shares his insight.

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Is Goat’s Milk Safe for Dairy Allergy?

Q. Is it safe for my child with milk allergies to have goat’s milk or goat’s cheese? Dr. Hemant Sharma: This is a great question, and one that many parents of children with cow’s milk allergy have as they search for a suitable substitute for cow’s milk. Unfortunately, because goat’s milk protein is similar in […]

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