Welcome to the Chair’s Corner

Food allergies occur when our immune system mistakenly sees a particular food as harmful. When our immune system attacks the food allergen, our body responds with symptoms that can be mild or life-threatening. Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern, but early recognition and strict avoidance of food allergens can help patients manage the symptoms.

How can a food allergy be diagnosed? What new research is being done to help people with food allergies? UNC physicians answer these questions in this podcast series from the Chair’s Corner.

Episodes include:

Food Allergy & Sensitivity with Dr. Edwin Kim
Peanut Allergy with Dr. Wesley Burks
Alpha-Gal Allergy with Dr. Scott Commins
Alpha-Gal Allergy Patient Story

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    Peanut Allergy – with Dr. Wesley Burks

    Dr. Wesley Burks discusses peanut allergy in this second episode of our Conversations on Food Allergy podcast series. Dr. Burks addresses anxieties families have concerning peanut allergy, how to respond to a reaction, and describes the current research and treatments. Dr. Wesley Burks is the Curnen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UNC and he is the Exec … Continued

  • Alpha-Gal Allergy – with Dr. Scott Commins

    Dr. Scott Commins describes alpha-gal allergy, which scientists believe is triggered by a tick bite and can cause a reaction to red meat. Dr. Commins talks about the symptoms of a reaction, how one can be tested for the allergy, and changes in diet recommended for patients who have alpha-gal. Dr. Scott Commins is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, … Continued

  • JoAnne, alpha-gal patient

    Alpha-Gal Allergy Patient Story

    As the fourth and final episode in our “Conversations on Food Allergy” series, patient JoAnne Van Tuyl joins Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Scott Commins to talk about her experience with getting diagnosed with alpha-gal allergy. JoAnne recounts her first allergic reaction to meat, and provides some tips to others for coping and eating with this allergy. Dr. Scott Commins is an Associate P … Continued

  • Food Allergy & Sensitivity – with Dr. Edwin Kim

    This is the first episode in our Conversations on Food Allergy podcast series, and Dr. Edwin Kim discusses the differences between a food allergy and a food sensitivity, how one can be tested and diagnosed, and the current research in this field. Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology and the Thurston Arthritis Resea … Continued