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Thomas C Finn, MD
(405) 840-9061
10517 Eastlake Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1953

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Martha M Tarpay, MD
(405) 752-0393
4200 W Memorial Rd Ste 206
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Semmelweis Orvostudomanyi Egyetem (Peter Pazmany Univ), Budapest
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok; Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Allergy & Asthma Ctr

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M Joe Crosthwait, MD
(405) 290-5600
5005 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Family Practice, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Midwest City Regional Hospital, Midwest City, Ok; University Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok

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Jon Word Blaschke, MD
(405) 232-3095
608 NW 9th St Ste 4204
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok

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Richard Beach Dawson, MD
(405) 636-1506
4805 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Languages
German
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Dawson Medical Group

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Warren Vernon Filley, MD
4140 W Memorial Rd Ste 115
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok; Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma

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Martha M Tarpay
(405) 752-0393
4200 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Howard Ozer, MD
(405) 271-6822
PO Box 26901 Williams Pavilion Rm WP2080,
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1975

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Charles Dennis Haunschild
(405) 235-0040
750 Ne 13th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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John Russell Bozalis
(405) 235-0040
750 Ne 13th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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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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