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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Puberty Make Allergy Symptoms Worse?

Q: My 12-year-old with legume allergies had only ever had mild reactions, then recently she had an accidental exposure to food containing soy flour and experienced anaphylaxis. Could this reaction have anything to do with hormonal changes, since she has only recently hit puberty? Dr. Sharma: As your daughter’s case illustrates, food allergy reactions are unpredictable, and …

Dr. Susan Waserman

Dr. Susan Waserman

Advice on Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

Q: I have had four severe allergic reactions (wheezing, swollen eyelids, sneezing) but there was nothing common to each experience – nothing I could figure out, anyway. Two of the times I hadn’t even eaten anything. A skin test was inconclusive. My doctor called it “idiopathic anaphylaxis.” What do you suggest I do going forward?  …

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Advice on Reacting to Smell of Peanut

Q. Can I react to the smell of peanuts or nuts? Dr. Ham Pong: You can be assured that anaphylaxis to airborne food particles is very rare. An allergic reaction to food will not occur because someone is eating it in a classroom or vicinity of the allergic person. The main reason for advising that …

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