Dr. Clifford Bassett weighs in.
Q: I was using an eye shadow that made my eyelids break out in dermatitis. (l have fragrance skin allergies). So l tried some aloe vera gel to treat it – big mistake! The rash turned very red and made my eyes incredibly itchy. Can you be allergic to aloe vera? Dr. Skotnicki: People often… Read more »
Q: I have moderate asthma and work in a busy accounting department. As we get into a stressful tax period, I’m finding my asthma worsens. Despite using a daily steroid inhaler, I also have to use my puffer to stop breathing difficulty two or three times a week. Can stress play a role in asthma?… 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: My stepson has asthma that bothers him most during ragweed season. He also gets eye symptoms (conjunctivitis) in the fall. Although he’s on a controller medication, last September he had an asthma attack that landed him briefly in the ER. I’d like to help him get better control. What would you recommend? Dr. Bassett: Ragweed… Read more »