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Dr. Scott Sicherer

Are Coconuts Safe with Tree Nut Allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q. I’ve read differing views on whether it would be safe for a nut-allergic person to eat baked goods with coconut or coconut oil. What’s your view on coconut? Dr. Scott Sicherer: Despite its name, coconut is not actually a nut, but a fruit. Regardless, the Food and Drug Administration considers it a tree nut, …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Are Nuts and Legumes Related?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I understand my daughter being allergic to peanuts and soy beans – as they are both legumes. But following a reaction, she’s now confirmed allergic to tree nuts. Is this coincidence or are nuts and legumes related? Dr. Sharma: This is not coincidence, as about one-quarter to one-half of people with peanut allergy also have …

Dr. Scott Sicherer

Is it common for a milk allergy to progress into a nut allergy?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: As a baby, my son was diagnosed with a cow’s milk allergy and now, at age 4, had a reaction to cashews and the allergist has diagnosed him with a nut allergy. Is this type of food allergy progression common? might he gain more allergies?  Dr. Sicherer: About 35 percent of infants with a milk …

Dr. Michael Pistiner

Advice on Nut Allergies at School

By Dr. Michael Pistiner

Q.  My daughter is allergic to several tree nuts, and is just starting kindergarten. Her school restricts peanuts, but not tree nuts. Can you give me any advice on how to keep her safe at school? Dr. Pistiner: Passing the responsibility of caring for children with food allergies to others can be tricky and anxiety-provoking. …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

Kissing With Severe Food Allergies

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

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. Scott Sicherer

Why isn’t Sesame a Top Allergen in the U.S.?

By Dr. Scott Sicherer

Q: My 11-year-old has sesame allergy and I keep hearing about more and more sesame-allergic children. Why isn’t sesame on the top allergens list and labeled on foods as an allergen? Dr. Sicherer: Sesame is not regulated in U.S. labeling laws, although it is included in these laws in many other countries, including Canada. The …

Dr. Hemant Sharma

What can we safely feed our child with multiple food allergies?

By Dr. Hemant Sharma

Q: I have a 2-year-old who is highly allergic to milk, eggs, wheat and tree nuts and is still on his hypoallergenic infant formula. It’s so difficult to move forward with introducing new foods, and I can’t bring myself to experiment with rice drink (milk). I’m fearful he’ll have an anaphylactic reaction, such as he …

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