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Do Reactions Worsen With Each Exposure?

Q: Is it true that food allergies to shrimp or peanuts will get worse with every accidental exposure? I had my first (quite bad) reaction to shrimp at 25 years of age, and this worries me. Dr. Sicherer: No, it is not true. It is a common myth that allergic reactions automatically become worse with […]

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Can I Be Allergic to All Fish But One?

Q: My girlfriend has confirmed allergies to tuna, anchovies, shrimp, crab, clams and mussels. However, she can eat salmon with no issues. Does it make sense that she could be able to eat salmon but still be allergic to virtually every other creature of the sea? If so, could she consider trying squid or escargot? […]

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Is it Possible to be Allergic to Kiwi?

Q: I recently fed my almost-3-year-old son kiwi, and he immediately complained that his “mouth hurt”. His top lip did appear somewhat swollen. We have no history of food allergies in the family, and he has eaten kiwi four or five times before without any reaction. I won’t give it to him again, but what […]

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

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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Do Hand Sanitizers Protect Allergic Children?

Q: My child’s school insists hand sanitizers are adequate for cleaning up children after eating. But to protect allergic children, don’t they need to use soap and water? Dr. Sicherer: Antibacterial gels and foams do not remove debris from hands, they only kill germs. These sanitizers will not remove milk, peanut or even dirt from […]

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Advice on Teens who Resist Carrying Auto-Injectors

Q. My son has tree nut allergy and asthma. He’s 16, starting to date and getting confrontational about not wanting to carry his auto-injector. He also no longer believes he’s that allergic – his only major reaction to cashews was back when he was 3 years old. The allergist doesn’t think his IgE levels are […]

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Are Coconuts Safe with Tree Nut Allergy?

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, […]

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Will a Peanut-allergic Child Also React to Chickpeas?

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 […]

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Who Is More Likely to Develop Food Allergies Later in Life?

Dr. Waserman shares her insight.

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How can I deal with a child who disobeys food allergy rules?

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 […]

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