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Dexter Winn Walcott, MD
(601) 354-4836
1600 N State St Ste 201
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Mississippi Asthma & Allergy

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James R Haltom
(601) 354-4836
1600 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Daniel L Venarske, MD
(601) 354-4836
1600 N State St Ste 201
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Richard Denson De Shazo, MD
(601) 984-5600
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: University Clinic Associates

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Stephen Frederick Kemp, MD
(601) 984-6645
768 Lakeland Dr Bldg LJ
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Clinical & Lab Immunology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
English
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: University Clinic Associates; University Int Med Asso

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Todd Nicholson Adkins, MD
(601) 354-4836
1600 N State St Ste 200
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1988

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Don Quinton Mitchell, MD
(601) 354-4836
1600 N State St Ste 201
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; St Dominics -North Campus, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Mississippi Asthma & Allergy

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James Robert Haltom, MD
(601) 984-6440
1600 N State St Ste 201
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinic Pa; Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinic Pc; University Clinic Associates

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John Ellis Moffitt, MD
(601) 984-1010
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: University Clinic Associates; University Pediatrics Associates

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Syeda Rubina Inamdar, MD
(601) 984-6645
768 Lakeland Dr
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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