Q. My teenage daughter brought home (and we’ve adopted) a calico cat. I started getting a runny nose and a cough when near it, so I went to an allergist for testing. The results were positive. I don’t get it: our family had cats when I was a child. Can you develop an allergy to [...]
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, [...]
Q. My younger child is allergic to peanuts and our family doctor recently said he should be avoid chickpeas (which he hasn’t tried) as well. She says there’s a high risk of reaction in peanut-allergic kids. Is this true? Dr. Scott Sicherer: It is true that there is a “higher” risk of a chickpea allergy [...]
Q. How does epinephrine turn off an anaphylactic reaction? This seems rather amazing, since anaphylaxis affects so many body systems. Dr. Sharma: The ability of epinephrine to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis is rather amazing. It acts on a number of receptors in the body to exert its effects. First, it causes constriction, or [...]
Q. We’ve just learned that my daughter is allergic to latex. My doctor listed things she has to avoid now – like most balloons, BandAids, apples and bananas. I get balloons and bandages, but bananas? Can you clarify? Dr. Sharma A. Let’s take a closer look at your daughter’s latex allergy to help clarify this. [...]
The New York Times Magazine published an article last month called “The Allergy Buster” that has generated much discussion about food allergy and excitement for potential treatments under study.
Q. I have a 5-year-old son who is allergic to dairy, egg, banana, peanuts and other tree nuts. At a recent party, I told him that he could not have a certain kind of cracker being served, as it would make him sick. He grabbed it anyway started to eat it. I made him spit [...]
Q. Is it safe for my child with milk allergies to have goat’s milk or goat’s cheese? Dr. Hemant Sharma: This is a great question, and one that many parents of children with cow’s milk allergy have as they search for a suitable substitute for cow’s milk. Unfortunately, because goat’s milk protein is similar in [...]