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    Peanut Allergy Prevention – Can You Prevent Peanut Allergies?

    Allergies are on the rise – especially peanut allergies. In fact, every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Food allergies have been rising rapidly around the world over the past 20 years and now affect an estimated 2 to 10 percent of children in the United States. Food allergies […]

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    Meat Allergy: A Mystery Food Allergy Until Now

    A severe food allergy in many cases is a straight forward diagnosis for an experienced allergist to make. The key to diagnosing is a comprehensive, detailed history of what the patient ate in relation to the time the allergic reaction occurred. Peanut allergy, tree nut allergy, and shellfish allergy are all high protein foods and […]

  • Food Allergy Advice for Pregnant Mothers

    It would be nice for once if the advice doctors gave their patients made sense and didn’t seem to change all the time! I admit as a food allergy specialist I am as guilty as my colleagues in being fooled by what seems obvious. In this case, nut food allergy is the canary in the […]

  • Peanut Allergy Prevention: Is Conventional Thinking by Doctors All Wrong?

    Allergies are on the rise – especially peanut allergies I just read a great article in The New Yorker magazine by one of my favorite science writers, Dr. Jerome Groopman. The February 7th issue is titled: The Peanut Puzzle. The article discusses what has baffled Food Allergy researchers for the past twenty years: Why are food allergies, particularly […]

  • Peanut Allergy: Exciting Breakthroughs in Diagnostic Testing and Treatment!

    During my last 20 years as an allergist, the only advice I could offer to patients with a history of peanut allergies was to avoid peanuts and peanut products. Now, some new research has come out that may end our frustrations! Here’s what’s new: First, resolved component testing (aka the UKnow Peanut Test), a technique […]

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    A Successful Treatment for Peanut Allergy: Sublingual Allergy Drops Work!

    There may be a brighter future for peanut allergy sufferers I received my allergy medical journal a little late this month, but it has a special surprise: a great article showing that sublingual allergy drops can protect children from a peanut allergy. This is major headline news, and yet I didn’t hear anything in the […]

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    Forbidden Fruit in the Spring Allergy Season

    I saw several youngsters this past week in my office, ages 5 to 13, really getting pounded with allergies. One boy’s face was swollen and his eyes were red and tearing. Another girl couldn’t stop sneezing and her nose was bleeding from constantly blowing “to get out the snot” as she put it. Another boy […]

  • Peanut Allergy and a Transfusion Reaction

    Important news for anyone giving the gift of life: food allergens can affect blood transfusions. The letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine on May 19, 2011, Anaphylaxis from Passive Transfer of Peanut Allergen in a Blood Product, describes how a 6-year-old boy with Leukemia developed a severe allergic reaction after a transfusion […]

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    Is the Peanut Allergy Cure Here?

    I was watching ABC News on Sunday when I heard the words: “Peanut allergy cure is found”. Of course, I immediately stayed tuned to hear if there was a new breakthrough I wasn’t aware of. The exciting news (which I was aware of), is that Dr. Wesley Burks at Duke University has successfully desensitized children […]

  • Peanut Allergy Tragedy: What Can Be Done Next Time?

    Natalie Giorgi I heard the news on TV in passing: a child dies of peanut allergy in California. I thought to myself, “Oh no, not another mistake causing a child to lose their life to a food allergy.” Later, I learn the details from the Internet and I’m even more stunned: a precious, strawberry blonde […]

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    Severe Reaction to Flu shot: Is it Really an Allergy?

    I recently saw a woman who had an anaphylactic reaction after receiving the flu shot for the 1st time. It is exceptionally rare to have anaphylaxis (the most severe allergic reaction) after a flu shot. This woman’s case will bring out an important point that may save others. This patient didn’t have a history of […]

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    Pollen Plague: What is Your Best Defense?

    Offense (Global warming) vs. Defense (Allergy drops) The recent cover of USA Today’s weekend edition on May 31st, 2013 read: Pollen plague: How Climate change is Affecting Every Breath You Take. The reporter chose to focus on Chicago as the location where Dr. Joseph Leija has been recording pollen counts for 24 years on the roof […]