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Kevin T. Dooms, MD

Allergist
Languages: French, English
Accepting New Patients
Education
Institution
Type
Field of Study
Year
University of Washington
Medical School
2004
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Residency
Pediatrics
2007
St. Louis University
Fellowship
Allergy/Clinical Immunology
2009
Professional Associations
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology
Personal Interests
Cooking, travel, cycling
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Allergy and Immunology
Blog Posts
By: Kevin Todd Dooms, MD
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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In January 2017, food allergy experts issued updated guidelines recommending most infants be fed peanut proteins starting at around 6 months of age.  Emerging research suggests peanut exposure starting at an early age may help reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.


By: Kevin Todd Dooms, MD
Friday, February 5, 2016

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about which foods are appropriate for infants and moms. Families often get confused and ask questions such as: Can you eat peanuts while you’re pregnant? What solid foods should I give my infant, and when? Read on for answers.


By: Kevin Todd Dooms, MD
Monday, March 2, 2015
Is your house filled with people sneezing, sniffling or rubbing their red, watery eyes? If so, you or a family member may have “hay fever,” also known as “allergic rhinitis” or “allergic conjunctivitis.”  With the unseasonably warm weather, the spring pollen season has arrived especially early this year.

By: Kevin Todd Dooms, MD
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This week an important new study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that infants and toddlers exposed to peanut at a young age have a significantly lower risk of developing peanut allergy.

The study took place at King’s College in London, and involved 640 infants at high risk for developing peanut allergy (infants who already had severe eczema or egg allergy). Starting as early as 4 months of age, half of the babies in the study began eating peanut on a regular basis.  The other half of babies completely avoided peanut until they were 5.

When the children in the study reached their fifth birthday, researchers compared the rates of peanut allergy in the two groups:


By: Kevin Todd Dooms, MD
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
With food allergies on the rise in the past several years, you probably know at least one person who is allergic to cow’s milk, eggs, soy, wheat, nuts, or seafood. Individuals with a food allergy typically experience symptoms every time they eat a particular food. These symptoms range from relatively mild like hives and swelling to more severe such as coughing, vomiting, or loss of consciousness.

Unfortunately, there are no approved treatments for food allergies today. Individuals cope by avoiding the food and having proper medications nearby in case of an allergic reaction. As most children eventually outgrow some food allergies, it’s important to get tested for an accurate diagnosis.

To diagnose a food allergy, allergy specialists usually ...

By: Kevin Todd Dooms, MD
Monday, August 19, 2013

Food allergies have been on the rise in recent years.  Studies suggest that up to 1 in 13 children are affected by a food allergy.  Egg and cow’s milk are the most common food allergies for infants and toddlers.  Fortunately, most children will lose a milk or egg allergy by the time they enter school.  Peanut and tree nut allergies are also becoming more common.  Unfortunately, only 10-20% of children will ever outgrow a nut allergy.

Currently there is no cure for food allergies.  Instead, doctors rely on an accurate diagnosis, avoiding food triggers, and being prepared in the event of a severe reaction.  Making the situation more challenging, nearly half of children with a food allergy may be at risk for a potentially life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. 

Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:

  • hives or itchy welts
  • swelling
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing (cough, wheeze ...
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