Q: I’m a teacher and our middle school recently had an incident in which a small amount of nut butter got smeared on a desk that was later occupied by a student in my class with an allergy to hazelnuts. (That student had a minor skin reaction.) I would like to be sure that desktops get… Read more »
Q: My 10-month-old grandson is allergic to peanuts and eggs, so we want to keep our food shopping safe for him. My husband and I usually buy legumes in bulk, but I’m concerned they might be handled in a facility along with peanuts. Will washing legumes thoroughly before cooking remove any cross-contamination, or should we… Read more »
Q: I’m highly allergic to peanuts, dairy and shellfish, and I’m having an argument with a friend who also has a dairy allergy. She says foods that say “may contain dairy” should be avoided, but she will eat a food when the label says “processed in a facility with dairy.” She’s studying law and claims… Read more »
Q: My 15-year-old has asthma and is learning to play the saxophone. If he practices a lot, he has shortness of breath afterward and sometimes the next day. Should he choose a different instrument? Dr. Bassett: Any exercise, even blowing into a windward or brass instrument can provoke asthma, notably shortness of breath, during and… Read more »
Q: My daughter has severe allergies to peanut and tree nuts. We’d like to know if she’s safe to eat shellfish, which she hasn’t yet tried (she’s 8 years old). The allergist advised she could just try shrimp but my husband and I are scared of a possible reaction. Should she have a blood test before trying tor what would you recommend?