Dr. Scott Sicherer explains.
Q: I often have people say that, “unlike your son, my child’s allergy is not that severe.” My understanding is that there is no way to know if a reaction will be life-threatening, regardless of past reaction experience. What do you advise saying to people who believe an allergy is “not severe”? Dr. Sharma: You are absolutely… Read more »
Q: I’m allergic to shrimp, lobster, mussels and clams, having found this out through reactions during college, and which allergy tests confirmed. What I’m not clear on: would it be safe for me to eat calamari? I did used to eat it before my other reactions over the past three years. Dr. Sharma: Since seafood allergy… Read more »
Q: Our 6-year-old was diagnosed as a toddler with multiple food allergies, following trial and error with food introduction. His allergies range from the usual suspects (dairy, eggs, peanut) to the more obscure (poultry, some legumes and garlic). We’d like to retest to see if he’s outgrown some of these, but with such a long… Read more »
Q: I’m encouraged about oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy and my 13-year-old is considering whether she would take part in a local trial. My biggest concern is: how great is the risk of developing (EoE) or eosinophilic esophagitis, which I’m told can develop during this therapy? Dr. Sicherer: Eosinophilic esophagitis is akin to having a rash… Read more »
Q: My daughter has had bad eczema and reflux. Now at 11 months old, she was tested for allergies, and results were positive for almonds. I had been using a natural eczema cream on her with almond oil, but the allergist tells me you should never use potentially allergenic food products such as nut oils on… Read more »
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 »