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John A Panuto Jr, MD
(440) 329-7760
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 1988

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Gonzalo Alvarez Del Real, MD
(216) 339-2121
6809 Mayfield Rd Apt 1174
Mayfield Heights, OH
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1998

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Kholoud Khalil Wishah, MD
5850 Landerbrook Dr
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Jordan, Fac Of Med, Amman, Jordan
Graduation Year: 1991

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Marta Marie Vielhaber, MD
2500 Metrohealth Dr
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1980

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Richard L Ruggles, MD
(216) 721-0491
11201 Shaker Blvd
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Languages
German
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1944
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Oh

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Jeffrey Jon Wisnieski, MD
5850 Landerbrook Dr
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1971

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Steven M Houser
(216) 778-8890
2500 Metrohealth Dr
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology, Otolaryngology

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John Wm Wolf, MD
(440) 461-2550
6770 Mayfield Rd Ste 424
Mayfield Heights, OH
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1970

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Emerging Health
(216) 246-9238
23215 Commerce Park, Suite 205D
Beachwood, OH
Services
Other, Weight Management, Reiki, Pain Management, Nutrition, Geriatrics, Fitness/Exercise, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Arthritis, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Gregory Alan Watts, MD
(440) 461-5300
29001 Cedar Rd
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Hospitals Of Cleveland, Cleveland, Oh; Hillcrest Hosp, Cleveland, Oh; Marymount Hospital, Garfield Hts, Oh
Group Practice: Cleveland Ear Nose & Throat

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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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