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Dr. Duane Gels
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Peanut Allergy (Definition)

A peanut allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to peanut protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


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What is the chance of losing a peanut allergy?

What is the chance of losing a peanut allergy?

Not very high: Children with peanut allergy "outgrow" the allergy about 15-20% of the time--it is much more unlikely for an adult to "lose" a peanut allergy. ...Read more

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Is there a way to determine if your child has a food aversion versus an allergy, like peanut butter versus something cooked in peanut oil?

Is there a way to determine if your child has a food aversion versus an allergy, like peanut butter versus something cooked in peanut oil?

Allergy blood test: Your pedi can do blood testing for peanut allergy. Allergy symptoms can include itchy mouth, lip or tongue or facial swelling, difficulty breathing, or hives. Food intolerance means child may have mild symptoms and will likely outgrow the allergy. Only 30% of kids outgrow peanut allergy sometime between 6 yrs and 16 yrs.Problem. Peanut allergy can be life threatening and related to any peanut p. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer and heredity? How much does heredity play a part in getting thyroid cancer? Is it different if the relative who had it is a cousin vs. A mother or an aunt? What about an identical twin?

Thyroid cancer and heredity? How much does heredity play a part in getting thyroid cancer? Is it different if the relative who had it is a cousin vs. A mother or an aunt? What about an identical twin?

A little bit: Authorities think about 5% of patients with thyroid cancer may have a hereditary component. We can't identify the genes yet, and go by "clusters. In general, the closer the relative, the more likely you will have thyroid cancer, assuming that this has an hereditary component. But most dont. ...Read more

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Which is the best infant milk formula for babies with family history of allergy?

Which is the best infant milk formula for babies with family history of allergy?

Pre-digested formula: There are 2 hypoallergenic formulas, nutramigen and alimentum. They are predigested to avoid food allergies. They are also much more expensive. You can probably try regular priced formulas that are either milk-free or with partially digested milk proteins. By far, most babies do well without needing a hypoallergenic formula. ...Read more

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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...Read more

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Will eating a lot of peanut butter and peanuts during pregnancy cause a peanut allergy for the baby?

Will eating a lot of peanut butter and peanuts during pregnancy cause a peanut allergy for the baby?

NO: This has never been definitively proven and would essentially mean anything a pregnant mother eats in excess would be a possible allergen to the baby, which is not the case, or babies all over the world be allergic to ice cream, etc. What is important, is to try and breast feed for the first year, as immunoglobulins that can be transferred to the growing baby through mom's breast milk can help. ...Read more

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Is a milk allergy in an infant a symptom of autism?

Is a milk allergy in an infant a symptom of autism?

No, it is not: A milk allergy can occur at any time. I developed it two years ago. This is a pure milk allergy without any difficulty with lactose intolerance. I have a daughter with the same condition and yet my autistic grandson does not have that symptoms at all. ...Read more

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Is there a certain type of dog that would'nt effect my teen sons allergies?

Is there a certain type of dog that would'nt effect my teen sons allergies?

Less effect: Dogs less likely to cause reactions include poodles, wheaton terriers, portugese water dog, others. ...Read more

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I've heard the mother's age at conception is important (below 35 usually best) for a baby's health. How much of a factor is the father's age?

I've heard the mother's age at conception is important (below 35 usually best) for a baby's health.  How much of a factor is the father's age?

Age effects: Women get the blunt of aging effect due to the basics of reproduction.Women are born with all the eggs they will ever release and the effect of background radiation/toxic exposures add up.Men produce sperm from stem cells and essentially make a new batch daily.The healthiest and best swimmers are the most successful for conception.This natural selection spares some of the age issue for men. ...Read more

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What is a good source of calcium for children that have a cows milk allergy ?

What is a good source of calcium for children that have a cows milk allergy ?

Depends: There are a variety of sources depending on age and co-existing food allergies. Soy milk is a possible but 30% of cow milk allergic will be allergic to it. Goat milk or cheese, rice milk, etc. Older kids can simply be fed Tums wafers/tablets I a once or twice a day dosing based on size/need. These have enough calcium. The fluid/sugar & fat found in cow milk can be found in many sources. ...Read more

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Would there be a (big) difference in the measurement if a 12wk old fetus compared to a 9wk old fetus? The gestational age would be determined in u/s?

Would there be a (big) difference in the measurement if a 12wk old fetus compared to a 9wk old fetus? The gestational age would be determined in u/s?

Yes: An first trimester sonogram is fairly accurate at dating a pregnancy (within a margin of error of about a week). At 12 weeks menstrual age with a viable pregnancy a sonogram measurement of 9 weeks would change the dating of the pregnancy and your due date should be based on that sonogram. Later sonograms should not change this established date. ...Read more

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My daughter has severe allergies to milk, fish, and peanut. Her allergist thinks she's a good candidate for peanut desensitization. Is this safe?

My daughter has severe allergies to milk, fish, and peanut. Her allergist thinks she's a good candidate for peanut desensitization. Is this safe?

Possible: Peanut desensitization is an emerging option for pt with peanut allergy. However, this is still in the investigational stage and not all patient are candidates. If one is interested in this treatment option, i would strongly encourage speaking with an academic center that is actively researching this area. ...Read more

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I am allergic to birch pollen, is there a certain farm or time of year whn count is low?

I am allergic to birch pollen, is there a certain farm or time of year whn count is low?

Highest in spring: Birch trees pollinate from early march to late may depending on the geographical location. Birch pollen counts are usually low rest of the year. ...Read more

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I am allergic to ragweed. My DC has recommended a supplement that is "contraindicated in known allergy to plants of the daisy family." Is it ok?

I am allergic to ragweed. My DC has recommended a supplement that is "contraindicated in known allergy to plants of the daisy family." Is it ok?

It's ok to be...: It's ok to be allergic to ragweed pollen. Many people are allergic to a variety of pollens. A primary care provider can help take care of such allergies. A "DC" usually means a chiropractor. Chiropractors are not medical doctors, so nobody knows what chiropractors are doing when they make medical recommendations. If worried, one can bring the supplement to his real medical doctor to ask about it. ...Read more

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At what age is an only child (male) a biggest challenge to single mom?

2: There is no one answer to this question because every child is different but as a matter of personal opinion i think 2 yo are always a challenge. Now that being said for any child (adult children as well can offer their own unique challenges. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more