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Irving Robert Plotnick, MD
(847) 634-1030
430 Milwaukee Ave
Lincolnshire, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1946
Hospital
Hospital: Highland Park Hosp, Highland Park, Il; Glenbrook Hosp, Glenview, Il
Group Practice: Associated Pediatrics Ltd

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Paul Martin Kentor, MD
(847) 634-1690
1201B McHenry Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1970

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Deeba Masood
(847) 570-1206
225 N Milwaukee Ave
Vernon Hills, IL
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Scott I Song
(847) 362-0691
6 E Phillip Rd
Vernon Hills, IL
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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David Scott Chudwin, MD
(847) 520-0060
135 N Arlington Heights Rd Ste 125
Buffalo Grove, IL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Highland Park Hosp, Highland Park, Il
Group Practice: Chudwin & Goldberg

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Parthiv S Shah, MD
(847) 662-4455
1262 Georgetown Way
Vernon Hills, IL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1999

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Lisa Marie Sullivan, MD
(847) 541-4878
985 S Buffalo Grove Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1999

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Yasmeen S Bilimoria
(847) 634-2635
1215 Mchenry Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology, Internal Medicine

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Maria C Yango Eugenio, MD
135 N Arlington Heights Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1979

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Robert Louis Levy, MD
(847) 945-3850
400 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Highland Park Hosp, Highland Park, Il; Evanston Hosp, Evanston, Il; Childrens Mem Hosp, Chicago, Il
Group Practice: Levy & O'Brien

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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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