Can steam and/or dust produced by an allergen food cause an allergic reaction?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Bob Gravani discusses if steam or dust produced by an allergen food cause allergic reaction.

    Host: Can steam and/or dust produced by an allergen food cause allergic reaction?

    Bob B. Gravani: Certainly small particles that can be aerosolized, that can be present in the air from table side cooking at a restaurant to small peanut dust particles in the air, can indeed cause allergic reactions in severely food allergic consumers. So we want to be aware of the fact that we need to avoid those kinds of situations that would cause that to occur. So if a severely food allergic person is dining in a restaurant and they have a severe allergy to shellfish and someone is sauteing shrimp table side, those aerosols produced by that sauteing could cause a reaction in severely allergic folks, so they have to be aware of that and make sure that they avoid situations like that.

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