As a pediatric allergist, I meet families from all types of backgrounds who share concerns about common childhood conditions such as asthma, environmental allergies, food allergies and eczema. These topics generate quite a few questions from primary care colleagues and other specialists.
Food allergies affect 1 in 13 U.S. children, causing immediate onset allergic reactions every time someone eats the food. Peanut, milk, egg, wheat, soy, tree nuts and seafood are the most common food allergies.
When we breath, air is commonly moistened and heated in our nasal passages. Often, during physical exertion, athletes will breathe more through their mouths rather than their noses, so the air they inhale is colder and dryer. For some people, this irritates and narrows the airways, leading to asthma symptoms.
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