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Answering Parents’ Big Questions on Safely Introducing Peanut to Babies

New guidelines for the early introduction of peanut foods to children as a way to prevent peanut allergy were published on January 5, 2017. In the food allergy community, this had led to an outpouring of concern – since the possibility of allergic reactions in babies is anxiety-inducing – along with some smart and specific […]

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New Guidelines on Introducing Kids to Peanut Early, and When to Allergy Test

Feeding from 4 to 6 months aimed at preventing this pervasive allergy.

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How to Keep a Food Diary and Other Info to Bring to a First Allergist’s Visit

Q: For the second time, our 1-year-old has broken out in hives after eating. And this time was worse – many hives on his face chest and arms. Our doctor is sending us to an allergist and told us to “keep a food diary.” What should go into one, and what other information is helpful […]

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Why are There So Many Food Allergies Today?

Q: Since my 6-year-old has multiple allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, soy and sesame), people ask me all the time: why are there so many food allergies today? Do you have a good shorthand answer?  Dr. Sicherer: The shortest answer is “we do not know exactly” and the long answer could involve writing a tome. There are […]

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Is Shea Nut Butter Safe With a Tree-Nut Allergy?

Q: My 5-year-old is allergic to tree nuts, and I’d like to know more about shea (nut) butter, as it’s in so many products. Is it safe to use on her skin as a lotion? Are candies with it safe for her to eat?  Dr. Sicherer: Shea nut butter or oil is derived from the seed of […]

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Is There a Connection Between Dry Roasting Peanuts and Allergies?

Q: Does the dry roasting cooking process used to make peanut butter and many peanut snacks have anything to do with how allergenic peanuts have become for so many?  Dr. Sicherer: There is a theory that the process of roasting  makes changes in peanut proteins that result in a more allergenic form. It’s important to realize […]

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Why Does Asthma Put a Food-Allergic Child at a Higher Risk of Anaphylaxis?

Q: Why does asthma put a child with food allergies at higher risk of anaphylaxis than other children with food allergies?  Dr. Sicherer: Asthma is a condition in which the airways narrow, become inflamed and make extra mucus. There are many triggers of asthma including airborne allergens, exercise, infections, smoke, cold air, and others. Foods that are otherwise tolerated are […]

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What LEAP Study’s Results Mean For You

Dr. Scott Sicherer takes on the top practical questions about the LEAP study findings.

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Inside the Search for Chinese Herbal Food Allergy Treatments

Meet Dr. Ying Song, one of the researchers on the hunt for improved Chinese herbal food allergy treatments and the reason why they work.

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If a Child Passed a Milk and Egg Challenge Test, Is There Still a Risk of Reacting?

Q: My severely allergic child passed a baked egg and milk challenge in the allergist’s office. We are starting to introduce foods with baked allergens, like muffins and bread. I’m optimistic but nervous. Do you find many children in our son’s situation returning with reports of reactions or even anaphylaxis? And, if he continues to […]

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