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Dr. Hemant Sharma

What to Do If You Have a Reaction When Home Alone

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’m a single mom and my teenager with multiple food allergies is alone in our apartment before I get home from work (about 6 p.m.). Any suggestions for what she should do if she finds herself having a reaction while on her own? Dr. Sharma:  Putting a plan in place for managing anaphylaxis is critical in all settings, and is especially important …

Dr. Michael Pistiner

My Child is Afraid of Using The Auto-Injector, What Can I do?

By Dr. Michael Pistiner

Q: My child is afraid of the auto-injector. What can I do? Dr. Pistiner: I’ve met kids whose eyes widen and  tears well up at the mere mention of an auto-injector. This is a very real issue that comes up for some children. We should all keep in mind that sometimes the unknown can be scarier …

Dr. Wade Watson

Can Exercise Trigger a Food-Allergy Reaction?

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q: My son recently passed a baked milk challenge at his allergist’s office. I regularly feed him small pieces of caked baked with milk. He usually tolerates it, but on two occasions, he broke out in hives, developed swollen lips and felt tightness in his chest. Interestingly, on both occasions, he played sports about an hour after eating the …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Fruit & Vegetable Allergies be Related to a Pollen Allergy?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: Over the past year, I started getting a terribly itchy mouth if I ate apples or pears or celery. Now carrots and potatoes, too! My doctor says this is a form of food allergy, related to my pollen allergies. Can you help me understand this? I’m concerned about what’s OK to eat. Dr. Sharma: This …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

What Type of Formula Can I Give to My Milk-Allergic Baby?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’ve been breastfeeding, and would like to begin introducing formula to my milk-allergic baby. I’m confused about which types are safe to give her. Can you help? Dr. Sharma: Your confusion is understandable since so many options are available. There are two categories of hypoallergenic formulas available: extensively hydrolyzed (Alimentum, Nutramigen) and amino acid-based (Elecare, …

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 Exactly When to Use the 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 …

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