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A Nickel For Your Thoughts: Contact Dermatitis Allergens and Food Allergy

Tests that are considered proven for diagnosing food allergy have been skin tests, blood tests that look for IgE (the class of antibody associated with allergic diseases) and, if necessary, an office ingestion challenge.  When the skin tests and blood tests are normal, the scientific conventional approach is to call a recurrent specific food reaction […]

Maternal Diet And Preventing Childhood Allergies: Still Many Unknowns

posted in Allergies

One of the most frequently asked questions of allergists–besides “Why are there more people with allergies” (for which there is no single answer and is still considered to be due to multiple possibilities ranging from antibiotic overuse to diesel exhaust)— is: What can pregnant and postpartum women do to prevent food allergies and other allergic […]

Cat Allergy Treatment: Is A Vaccine Now Out Of The Bag?

posted in Allergies, Allergy and Asthma Care

In June, I discussed the topic of whether there are hypoallergenic dogs.  The question should probably be whether the person is hypoallergic. Scientific studies do not support the existence of a hypoallergenic breed of dog.  However, wide variation between individual dogs within a breed exists.  The variation may allow a dog-allergic human, who can tolerate […]