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The Doctors share that food allergies have risen by 20 percent in the last 20 years. Lots of parents favor moist towelettes or wipes to keep their kids clean but a new study out of Northwestern University suggests these wipes may contribute to allergies. The wipes may chemically disrupt the skin’s natural barrier leaving the skin more vulnerable for allergens to penetrate and enter the body. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra highlights that many wipes contain harsh lathering agent, most commonly sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), so people should look for wipes without this and other sulfates. She thinks there really is a link between these wipes and it’s most common in kids who already have allergic tendencies.
The Doctors do have some good news in regards to children with food allergies. They speak with Kristen, a mother whose son, Josh, suffered from birth multiple food allergies including eggs, dairy, nuts and fish. Josh participated in a clinical study at Stanford University which successfully reversed multiple food allergies by using immunotherapy and gradual exposure to the allergic foods themselves.
Kristen says the trial was a long process. They went through food challenges just to qualify for the study, and then it was about a year in the study plus another 9 months of food dosing. While both Kristen and Josh were nervous, the study was a total game changer. They no longer need to live in fear now that all of Josh's food allergies have been eliminated. While this is not yet available to the public at large, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon hopes that this is fast-tracked so more children with allergies can reap these benefits.