• 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 […]

  • Avoid the “D” in Allergy Treatment

    The past few weeks the spring allergy season has been in full force. I’m seeing adults and children coming in with severe nasal congestion and sneezing. If you have ever experienced this or even severe cold, you know how uncomfortable these symptoms can be. Today, many allergy medications are available over-the-counter without a prescription. This […]

  • Halloween and Candy Allergies: We are Ready to Help you Take the Fear Out this Fun Holiday

    CBS News ran a story today about problems children have with food allergies, particularly tree nuts and peanuts, when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween, and how to take precautions against a reaction. In our NYC Allergy practice, I see a lot of kids with food allergies, but I have not found a case where a child couldn’t […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]