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 »
Dr. Sicherer shares his insight.
Dr. Sicherer advises on when to prepare a child to administer an auto-injector in an emergency.
Q. I’m 32 and just had my first anaphylaxis experience to shrimp. It was scary: I was wheezing and could hardly breathe. How can a grown woman suddenly develop a food allergy? Dr. Scott Sicherer: You are not alone in developing shrimp allergy as an adult. In our U.S. prevalence studies and studies in Canada… Read more »