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Dr. Wade Watson

Advice on Testing Toddler for Food Allergy

By Dr. Wade Watson

Q. I have peanut and soy allergies and my husband gets hay fever, so I’ve been putting off introducing our son (no known allergies) to peanuts and nuts. He’s 2 ½ and going to daycare soon, so we have to start the process. My allergist is willing to skin test, but if there haven’t been …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

How Long Until Someone Starts to Feel Better After Food Allergy Anaphylaxis?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: I’m severely allergic to tree nuts and eggs and recently had a frightening anaphylactic reaction in which I had trouble breathing and became covered in hives. I used my auto-injector, had a second dose in the ambulance and required a third dose at the hospital.  My question: how long does it take for someone’s …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

At What Age are You Less Likely to Outgrow a Milk Allergy?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I’m a teacher with a daughter in high school who has allergies to dairy and soy. When she was little, the pediatrician said: “She’ll outgrow the milk allergy.” She hasn’t, and last year had a serious reaction. At my school I’m now seeing kids in fifth and sixth grades with dairy allergies. Is there an …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can Egg Allergy Lead to a Peanut Allergy?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: My daughter has developed an egg allergy at 12 months. At the appointment where tests confirmed this, the allergist mentored being “mindful of possible peanut allergy”. I’m confused: are these two allergies related? And if so, what can I do to be careful? Dr. Sharma: Allergies to egg and peanut often go together. For example, …

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. Scott Sicherer

How Do You Know if an Allergy is Truly Gone?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My 6-year-old daughter’s IgE blood test numbers for peanut allergy have significantly decreased, and the allergist is offering an oral challenge test. My question: as allergic reactions aren’t consistent, if she doesn’t react or has only minor symptoms on the day of the oral challenge, can we be certain this allergy is truly gone? …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Can You Tell if a Food Allergy is Life-Threatening?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: What I don’t understand is: how does an expert decide whether a food allergy is “life-threatening” or not? This issue comes up frequently, such as when preparing forms for daycare or schools. Dr. Sharma: Your question is a great one because it points out a major limitation of our currently available food allergy tests, …

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