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Melinda M Rathkopf, MD
(907) 562-6228
3841 Piper St Ste T4-054
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1997

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Jeffrey G Demain, MD
(907) 562-6228
2741 Debarr Rd Ste C405
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: U S Air Force Hosp, Elmendorf Afb, Ak
Group Practice: Allergy Asthma & Immunology

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Teresa Neeno, MD
(715) 847-3225
2741 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak

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Melinda Mcneal Rathkopf
(907) 562-6228
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Eric Albert Meier
(907) 562-6228
3841 Piper St
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Jeffrey G DeMain
(907) 562-6228
3841 Piper St
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Teresa A Neeno
(907) 562-6228
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Dr.Jill E. Barnes
(907) 562-6228
Aurora ENT, Bldg A Suite 461, 3340 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Gender
F
Speciality
Allergist / Immunologist
General Information
Hospital: Anp For Allergy Asthma & Immunology Center
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Dr.David A. Hemry
(907) 562-6228
3841 Piper St # T4-054
Anchorage, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry
Year of Graduation: 1966
Speciality
Allergist / Immunologist
General Information
Hospital: Allergy, Asthma And Immunology
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.6, out of 5 based on 8, reviews.

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David Allan Hemry, MD
(907) 563-3534
2741 Debarr Rd Ste C405
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1966

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Food Allergies Call for Savvy Sleuthing

Some people grocery shop with a list. My friend, Susan, strolls along the aisles with a magnifying glass in hand. Why? She needs it for reading labels.

Her husband is one of the roughly 12 million Americans who have food allergies and one of roughly 1% of Americans who are allergic to peanuts. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, peanuts and tree nuts are the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal food allergic reactions.

It’s no wonder Susan isn’t taking any chances. Her magnifying glass trains on label after label, looking not only for obvious sources such as peanuts, peanut flour, and peanut butter but other more obscure forms of offending peanut proteins like peanut extracts, ground nuts, packaged cakes, crackers, soups, salad dressings, health bars, and chocolate candy, just to name a few. My usual supermarket sprint turned into a mega-shopping marathon when I decided to join Susan one afternoon, but it was well worth it. Now, I have bona fide experience at being a food allergy sleuth.

What Is Food Allergy?

Today, food allergy seems to be the new “in” medical disorder. It’s the hot topic discussed at cocktail parties, on talk shows, and by movie stars, moguls, and supermodels. But true food allergy isn’t something to take lightly.

Food allergy, explains Anne Muñoz-Furlong, cofounder of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, “is a condition in which the immune system incorrectly identifies a food protein as a threat and attempts to protect the body against it by releasing chemicals into the blood. The release of these chemicals results in the symptoms of an allergic reaction.”

These symptoms, which may begin minutes or up to two hours after eating an offending food, can range from mildly annoying itching and wheezing to a life-threatening drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness.

Food intolerance and food sensitivity are two terms commonly confused with food allergy. Food intolerance doesn’t involve the immune system. Instead, it’s a condition in which our bodies can’t adequately digest a certain component of a particular food. Lactose intolerance—an inability to digest the natural sugar in milk—is a good example. A reaction is uncomfortable but not usually life threatening.

The definition of food sensitivity is a bit fuzzier. It’s generally used as a blanket term for both food intolerances and food allergies, which at worst creates a plateful of misunderstanding.

“If you think you have a food allergy,” says Muñoz-Furlong, “keep a diet diary to help pinpoint the food or foods. Then, work in partnership with your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. If you’re tested and the results point to a food that’s a staple in your diet, speak up; it might be a false positive.”

A clinical history, meaning a detailed account of what you eat and how you f...

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