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Dr. Hemant Sharma

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Kissing With Severe Food Allergies

Q: I’m a teenager with severe allergies to tree nuts and sesame seeds. If my boyfriend eats something that I’m allergic to, how much time should we wait before kissing?  Dr. Sharma: Dating can sometimes pose challenges for teens with food allergies, and kissing has been found to sometimes cause allergic reactions. In two studies between …

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. Clifford Bassett

Dr. Clifford Bassett

Sports Breathing Issues – Asthma or Not?

Q: My teenage son had a second spell of bad breathing during a school basketball game. Even when he stopped playing, it felt like somebody was sitting on his chest. Could this be due to asthma? Dr. Bassett: Your suspicions might be warranted, particularly if your son has a history of allergies and asthma. Exercise-induced …

Dr. Michael Pistiner

Dr. Michael Pistiner

Advice on Skin Products

Q.  I have a soy allergy, and find that many personal care products, such as shampoos and body wash, contain soy. How concerned do I need to be about soy in these types of products? Dr. Pistiner: Although oral ingestion is the most common and concerning form of exposure to an allergen, such as soy, …

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Dr. Antony Ham Pong

Advice on Reacting to Smell of Peanut

Q. Can I react to the smell of peanut/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 the allergenic …

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