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Ask the Allergist

AAFA's "Ask the Allergist" is a free service provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Our allergist will answer your questions about asthma and allergies. We provide only general advice about managing asthma or allergies, medicines and treatments. "Ask the Allergist" does not answer questions about specific consumer products. This information is not a substitute for medical advice from your physician. Always talk with your doctor before changing your asthma or allergy management plan. You can submit your own question to "Ask the Allergist."

Could I have eczema?

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Recently, I've struggled with strange tingling from my nose down to my lips. Then my lips turned red, burned/tingled, and swelled like I've had a bad lip injection. My primary care physician says it's eczema. The dermatologist says it's perioral dermatitis. The allergist thinks it's hereditary angioedema. One of these seems to explain my symptoms. What do you think it could be?
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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

When should I take my child to an allergist vs. a pulmonologist?

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My child is being treated for exercise-induced asthma by his pediatrician. He is still struggling to breathe during exercise and we'd like to see a specialist. He has never experienced asthma until this past January when he had the flu. What is the difference between an Allergist and a Pulmonologist? Which is a better place to start?
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Asthma, Diagnosis

Do I have a cat allergy?

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I have never been allergic to cats. Two days ago I got a new kitten. Yesterday I began having a lot of allergy symptoms. Last night I put him in my guest bathroom and deep cleaned my room, which was the only place he had been. It has been approximately 15 hours, but my symptoms haven't improved very much. Is there any way to determine if I have a cat allergy?
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Diagnosis, Pet Allergy

Should someone with food allergies get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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I would like information about the COVID-19 vaccines. My 21-year-old daughter is allergic to sesame, mustard, tree nuts, peanuts, and fish. She always carries injectable epinephrine with her for emergencies (which has happened half a dozen times since she was 3 years old). What are the recommendations for getting a vaccine?
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COVID-19, Food Allergy
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