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 »
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 »