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Dr. Scott Sicherer

What causes hives to appear in a food-allergic reaction?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: Why do we get hives in a food-allergic reaction? And will they always appear?  Dr. Sicherer: Hives, also called urticaria, develop when allergy cells in the skin release chemicals, including histamine, that cause localized swelling, redness and itching. The response looks like a series of mosquito bites, often across an expanse of skin, but various …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

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

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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 …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Is it Possible to be Allergic to Garlic?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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 …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Can Baked Egg Be Egg Safe?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

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 …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Do Blood Test Results Show Allergy Likelihood?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My daughter, who’s 4, was diagnosed with peanut allergy shortly before her third birthday after experiencing a rash around her mouth when she ate a peanut butter cup. Her blood test for peanut showed an antibody level of 4.85, and it was 3.82 a year later. Her allergist suggests a food challenge in a …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Are Quail Eggs Safe for Egg Allergy?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: If my child’s allergic to chicken eggs, could I safely cook for him using quail eggs? Dr. Sharma: People with allergy to hen’s eggs are generally also allergic to other bird eggs, including quail, turkey, duck, goose and seagull. This is called cross-reactivity, which occurs because of the similarity in the protein structures among …

Dr. Susan Waserman

Is it Possible to be Allergic to Kiwi?

By Dr. Susan Waserman

Q: I recently fed my almost-3-year-old son kiwi, and he immediately complained that his “mouth hurt”. His top lip did appear somewhat swollen. We have no history of food allergies in the family, and he has eaten kiwi four or five times before without any reaction. I won’t give it to him again, but what …

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