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Columbus Allergist Dr. Summit Shah Discusses Recent Findings on Food Allergies and Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis
Date:6/25/2012

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) June 26, 2012

In December, Dr. Summit Shah, allergist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was asked to present his findings on food allergies and Exercise at the XXII World Allergy Congress. In his presentation, the Ohio allergist cautioned individuals to be mindful of reactions with food allergies and exercise.

Being asked to speak at the Congress was a tremendous honor for Dr. Shah and his research team. “We are pleased that the World Allergy Organization appreciated the importance of our findings enough to invite us to speak,” stated Dr. Shah. “Like us, they believe that allergy patients and clinicians need to be aware of the various forms of food allergies."

Dr. Shah, allergist at Dublin Methodist Hospital, discussed two patients who experienced anaphylactic reactions after eating foods they were not previously allergic to, and exercising shortly after the food was ingested. The first, a 23-year-old Asian male, had a reaction to cashews after exercising, despite having eaten them previously without any problems. The second, a 42-year-old male, had a similar reaction to shrimp. In both cases, the patients exercised less than 60 minutes after eating.

“What was interesting about these findings,” stated Dr. Shah, “was that the skin prick tests were inconclusive. In the first patient, he tested positive for a reaction to cashews, but the second patient tested negative. Based on this, we believe that anaphylactic reactions after food ingestion followed by exercise can be more common than with food ingestion alone.”

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