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,… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Dr. Waserman shares her insight.
Q. I have a 5-year-old son who is allergic to dairy, egg, banana, peanuts and other tree nuts. At a party at Thanksgiving, 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 and started to eat it. I made… Read more »