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Walter M Ryan, DO
(508) 495-6001
26 Katy Hatchs Rd
Falmouth, MA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1993

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Frederick William Lowe
(508) 548-4259
314 Gifford Str
Falmouth, MA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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David Louis Pierce, MD
(508) 477-5844
66 Neshobe Rd
Mashpee, MA
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1957
Hospital
Hospital: Massachusetts Eye And Ear Infi, Boston, Ma

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John Joseph Costa, MD
(508) 295-5572
53 Marion Rd Unit 7
Wareham, MA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1984

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Bruce Roderick Gordon, MD
(508) 790-0611
65 Cedar St
Hyannis, MA
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Massachusetts Eye And Ear Infi, Boston, Ma; Cape Cod Hosp, Hyannis, Ma
Group Practice: Cape Cod Ear Nose & Throat

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Paul R Sklarew, MD
(508) 548-4259
314 Gifford St
Falmouth, MA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1981

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Walter Leo McLean, MD
(508) 548-4259
314 Gifford St Unit 2
Falmouth, MA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1960

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John J Costa
(508) 759-7555
33 Cohasset Ave
Buzzards Bay, MA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology, Internal Medicine

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Richard David Bloom, MD
(508) 775-3727
140 Yarmouth Rd
Hyannis, MA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1982

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James Joseph A Cavanaugh, MD
(508) 775-3112
51 Main St Ste 2
Hyannis, MA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Cape Cod Hosp, Hyannis, Ma
Group Practice: Asthma & Allgeries Inc

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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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