What to Do When Your Baby Can’t Tolerate Regular Formula

Contributor: Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MD

During the first year of your child’s life, proper nutrition plays a significant role in supporting healthy development and immunity. Like many medical experts, I endorse breast-feeding as the best source of nourishment for babies after birth.

If you are unable to produce enough milk to breast-feed, baby formula is a …

Can You Develop an Allergy Later in Life?

Q: Can you develop an allergy later in life?

A. Yes. You can develop a new allergy as an adult.

After you move to a new area, you may experience new allergy symptoms. You may be developing new allergies to the specific regional allergens you haven’t been exposed to in the past.

Similarly, you might …

Is Your Child Being Bullied Because of Food Allergies? 5 Tips

The doctor’s question is routine: Has anyone bothered or bullied you because of a food allergy? The children’s answers are disturbing. They describe being chased around the playground by classmates waving threatening food in their face or hiding it in their lunches.

And sometimes the bully is an adult, says allergist Sandra Hong. Dr. …

Are Allergies Causing Your Baby’s Diaper Rash?

If you have a baby, you know about diaper rash. While it’s a common problem, even a mild case can upset you — and irritate your little one.

When you’re changing a diaper and find a red, painful-looking bottom, it’s important not only to know how to treat it, but also how to avoid recurrence. …

Should I Really Start Giving My 4-Month-Old Baby Peanut Butter?

Q: New headlines claim parents should now give babies peanut butter to avoid allergies. Is this really a good idea for my son?

A: Yes, the new National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases guidelines are in response to peanut allergies doubling over the past decade, when pregnant and nursing moms were asked to blacklist …

Itchy, Red Eyes? How to Tell If It’s Allergy or Infection

If you have red, itchy eyes and it’s hay fever time, you likely assume that allergies are causing the problem — and that you can treat it on your own with over-the-counter eye drops. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as that.

Even if you find a guide to help you choose the best eye drops

Think You’re Allergic to Penicillin? Why You May Be Mistaken

When your doctor asks if you’re allergic to penicillin, do you say yes? Lots of people do.

Penicillin helps fight off a variety of infections caused by bacteria — from ear aches and sinus infections to pneumonia and meningitis. For a few people, however, it causes an allergic reaction that may include hives, rashes, itchy …

Are Any Dogs Hypoallergenic?

Q: Are any dogs hypoallergenic?

A: No. Many people believe that exposure to other dogs will trigger their allergy symptoms, while exposure to their own dogs will not. However, objective scientific studies don’t support the idea that any dogs are hypoallergenic.

The best data comes from a 2012 study that measured dog allergen concentrations …

Do Hypoallergenic Pillow and Mattress Covers Really Work?

Q: Do hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers actually help you?

A: Yes. Hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers serve as a physical barrier primarily for patients who are allergic to dust mites. Evidence shows the covers provide a measurable, significant decrease in dust mite allergen on pillows and mattresses.

However, the hypoallergenic covers alone will …

Are Sinus Infections Contagious?

Q: Are sinus infections contagious?

A: Sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren’t.

Sinus infections that are  caused by bacteria, allergies, polyps or immunodeficiencies (conditions that impact how well your immune system works) are not contagious.

On the other hand, infections caused by viruses are contagious. They can be spread via droplets by …