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Allergies on the Rise: How Do You Know if You Have a Food Allergy?

Davidson,Joshua_hsIn recent years, food allergies have become a greater concern worldwide, affecting both children and adults, especially in developed countries like the U.S. What are possible causes of this notable increase? How do you know if you have a food allergy? Do kids sometimes outgrow an allergy or is treatment always needed? How is treatment of food allergies the same as or different from treatment for environmental allergies like hay fever? Dr. Joshua Davidson, a Los Angeles allergist and immunologist, brings the latest information parents need about allergies in children and adults. (Marti was excited to learn there now are shots that might reduce her allergy to cats, something that was not available when she had allergy shots as a child!)


What new things did you learn about allergies from Dr. Davidson’s discussion with Marti & Erin? Have you or your child had allergies or sensitivities to food? How did those reactions change over time? What did you do to prevent or reduce those reactions? Leave a comment below!


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  1. Heidi Gefroh on June 26, 2014

    This was a great topic! My two month old daughter can’t digest milk protein. Since I am nursing her, I can’t have any dairy at all in my diet. If I wasn’t nursing her, the formula she would need to be on is $45 per can. I’m familiar with her allergy as my dad, nephew, and niece all had it, but it was really good information to know that it can be genetic and that we are seeing it more and more within the US.