In a Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) October webinar, Dr. Robert A. Wood, a professor of pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins, and professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focused on anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that is potentially fatal. Answering questions like:
QUESTION: Are people with asthma more at risk of fatal anaphylaxis, and why?
DR ROBERT WOOD: Yes. Because the main reason that people die of anaphylaxis is that their airways shut down. Because of the underlying asthma, your airways are likely to be more sensitive to an allergic reaction.
(That would be me!) You can read more of the interview here.
Dr. Robert A. Wood, a professor of pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins, and professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has a wonderful book, a primer really, excellent to share with loved ones that want to know more about food allergies and their seriousness, especially as we head into the holiday season: Food Allergies For Dummies by Dr. Robert A. Wood
Another excellent book for your personal library and to share with loved ones to help them understand the seriousness of a food allergy diagnosis is Dr Scott Sicherer’s book: Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It. (Here's my review of it.)