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Ask the allergist – February 2024

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Ask the allergist is a daily function in our newsletters the place Canadian allergists reply your questions! Please observe: The allergists featured on this collection reply questions on normal matters, please speak to your physician you probably have questions on your individual well being or the well being of your baby. 


With Valentine’s Day in thoughts, we’re resharing a query about teenagers with meals allergy and kissing, answered by Dr. Julia Upton.

My teenage son is allergic to exploit and eggs; he has had anaphylactic reactions to each. He now has his first girlfriend and I’m searching for data that I can share with him. For instance, when is it protected for him to kiss his girlfriend after she has eaten his allergen(s)?

It’s potential to have an allergic response from kissing if a associate has just lately eaten your meals allergen. Allergen publicity from kissing might be minimized by ready just a few hours after consuming and by consuming one other meals with out the allergen. The danger shouldn’t be totally recognized however analysis suggests about 5-12% of individuals with meals allergy symptoms have had a response from kissing. The danger of response from sexual acts reminiscent of oral intercourse is probably going very small however not zero.   

Training may help teenagers to dwell safely and confidently with meals allergy. Steps might be taken to attenuate the possibilities of encountering their meals allergen and to be able to deal with a response if it occurs.   

Educating your baby about their meals allergy symptoms, telling intimate companions in regards to the meals(s) that should be prevented, conserving their bronchial asthma managed (if in addition they have bronchial asthma), and carrying epinephrine and utilizing it to deal with anaphylaxis are all necessary measures to be as protected and assured as potential.   

Study extra

The Final Information for Teenagers with Meals Allergic reactions ebook
Teenagers and younger grownup part

Dr. Julia Upton is on employees on the Hospital for Sick Kids within the Immunology and Allergy Division; and an Affiliate Professor within the Division of Paediatrics on the College of Toronto. She is the previous Part Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Meals Allergy Part of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Medical Immunology. Dr. Upton can also be a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.  

Please observe: Dr. Upton is answering as a person allergist and her solutions don’t represent an official place of her affiliated organizations. Her responses are for informational functions solely and don’t represent particular medical recommendation, suggestions, prognosis, or remedy. Please speak to your physician about any issues or questions you might have relating to your individual well being or the well being of your baby.  

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