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Dr. Bradley A. Becker

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Professor of Pediatrics and Inter...

Local Address:  Saint Louis , Missouri , United States
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

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Brad Becker, M.D., an ..., 14 Nov 2011 [cached]
Brad Becker, M.D., an allergy specialist at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and Saint Louis University School of Medicine, says that the reason for the increase is not clear. He notes that the incidence of all kinds of allergies has been rising since the 1970s.
One link in food allergies - at least to peanuts - is the food industry's widespread use of dry roasting. Dr. Becker says that in China, kids eat just as many peanut products, but there the nuts are processed by boiling, which may change or remove the peanut allergen because the allergy incidence has remained steady.
Older, school-age kids, Dr. Becker continues, have more heartburn while post-adolescent kids and adults have trouble swallowing, with food sometimes getting stuck.
With food allergies on the rise, Dr. Becker suggests that parents of newborns and young children familiarize themselves with basic information, particularly if the family has a history of allergies of any kind, including asthma, nasal allergies and eczema. He notes that allergies have a strong genetic component.
Allergic reaction can be frightening, Dr. Becker says, and parents need solid information to react appropriately "Part of any allergic reaction can be swelling around the eyes, the tongue, hands and feet and other parts of the body. Swelling is frightening, but is not actually life-threatening," he says.
While any allergic reaction should be evaluated by a physician, Dr. Becker cautions that if a child is having any difficulty breathing, this would warrant emergency treatment. Signs that an allergic reaction is leading to breathing problems may include wheezing when trying to breathe, hoarseness, difficulty with throat or mouth breathing, getting light headed or passing out.
While emergencies are frightening - and food allergies continue to make headlines - Dr. Becker suggests that parents who have concerns act upon them and have a child evaluated, and to adopt atreatment plan based on a thorough evaluation.
He notes that this year the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommended new guidelines aimed at preventing misdiagnosis. The guidelines state that doctors should use a combination of a detailed medical history, physical examination and medical tests when diagnosing someone with a food allergy.
Dr. Becker continues that allergy testing may only provide a piece of information needed to reach a diagnosis. For example, he notes that blood allergy tests provide rankings of positive responses to specific food allergens, but the "predictive value" of the rankings may vary between individual children.
Further, having a positive response - meaning the child carries antibodies to the allergens - does not mean the child will have an allergic reaction to the particular food, he says.
"Many of us walk around with allergy antibodies to peanuts or shellfish or eggs or milk, but we're a-symptomatic - and that is not a food allergy."
Dr. Becker continues: "I recommend that the parent of a child, or the child's doctor, send the child to an allergist for more investigation, if they are not sure how to interpret the tests."
Food allergies also sometimes get confused with "food intolerance," Dr. Becker adds. He adds that foods can contain natural chemicals that can react with other things, like pollen in the air, and cause allergic symptoms.
However, most children, Dr. Becker says, do not outgrow allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shell fish.
As the holidays approach, concerns about food allergies can become heightened, especially if a family is preparing for a large gathering and everyone's medical histories are not known.
Dr. Becker suggests simply asking guests if they have allergies to particular foods.
"So ask your guests, and if it's a really big gathering, consider putting a note card next to the food. People sometimes just eat and don't pay enough attention to the food they are eating," Dr. Becker says.
Study: Fall Babies May Be More Likely to Develop Asthma, 14 Jan 2009 [cached]
"If a baby is wheezing, it can sometimes just be a one-time, temporary viral infection," explains Dr. Bradley Becker, co-director of the Asthma Center for Children at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, and an associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine."If your baby is wheezing, coughing, short of breath, it's best to be safe and consult your child's physician."
STLtoday - Life & Style - Health & Fitness, 10 May 2004 [cached]
"Asthma and allergies can be a nuisance, and in some cases they can even be dangerous, but they can be controlled if managed properly," says allergist Dr. Brad Becker, co-director of the Asthma Center for Children at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics at St. Louis University.
> Becker says proper management of spring allergies may include antihistamines, steroids taken by inhalers, or allergen immunotherapy in cases where the former therapies are ineffective.Allergen immunotherapy involves injecting certain allergens into a patient's skin, prompting the body to decrease its reactivity to the symptom-causing allergen. Proper management of asthma, Becker says, includes having an asthma action plan, using prescription asthma medications, and lots of patient and parent education on the triggers that lead to asthmatic episodes.
"The work of this organization is vital," says Becker, who serves as volunteer for the St. Louis AAFA.
Bradley Becker, MD, ..., 1 May 2015 [cached]
Bradley Becker, MD, professor of pediatrics, St. Louis University School of Medicine and physician, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Asthma is All in the Family, 3 Mar 2009 [cached]
"Physical exertion in the form of play, P.E. class or organized sports is an important part of maintaining good lung health," said Bradley A. Becker, M.D., FAAAAI, Co-director of the Asthma Center for Children at Cardinal Glennon.
Dr. Becker said the injection helps prevent symptoms before they occur.
"A lot of people with asthma end up in the Emergency Room at some time or another, but it's much better to treat it preventatively. We want to improve the child's quality of life, as well as prevent exacerbations," he said.
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