Sherwin Hariri, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI -  - Allergist

Beverly Hills Allergy

Sherwin Hariri, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

Allergist & Immunologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Food Allergies Specialist

Food allergies can cause serious symptoms. Dr. Hariri uses state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment approaches to help Los Angeles, CA, area patients identify "triggers" and avoid annoying and serious symptoms that can arise from a wide array of foods.

Food Allergies

by Sherwin Hariri, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

What causes food allergies to occur?

Food allergies are faulty immune system reactions that are triggered by specific foods. They differ from food intolerance such as lactose intolerance, because those reactions, though bothersome, do not involve the immune system. If you have a food allergy, certain foods are recognized by the immune system as being threatening to your body. As a result, an immune reaction is initiated that can cause an array of symptoms, some of which may be life-threatening.

What symptoms are associated with food allergies?

Food allergies are associated with symptoms such as:

  • hives
  • tingling or itching in the throat, mouth or lips
  • swelling in the lips, tongue, throat or face
  • wheezing or trouble breathing
  • nasal congestion
  • digestive system issues such as diarrhea, cramping or vomiting
  • dizziness

Severe reactions may cause anaphylaxis, a reaction which can impair breathing, cause seizures and unconsciousness, and even result in death. Reactions can occur within a few seconds of eating a food to several hours afterward, and they may persist for several hours or more.

How are they treated?

Like any allergy, the first step in treating food allergies is identifying the food source that causes the allergic reaction, and then avoiding it whenever possible. When allergic symptoms do occur, minor reactions may be treated using over-the-counter or prescription medications aimed at reducing symptoms like hives or itching.

When a reaction is more severe, you may need to have an injection of epinephrine to reduce serious complications and bring your allergy under control. People with known severe allergic reactions to foods may be prescribed a special autoinjector device that enables a single dose of epinephrine following ingestion of a food known to cause a reaction. Dr. Hariri will be able to determine if your reaction is serious enough to warrant an autoinjector.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "Very caring and knowledgable Doctor! He really knows how to treat allergies. Beautiful office btw!"

    Tina Chuldzh
  • Google+

    "Genuine and very helpful! Staff is professional and I only had to wait 5 minutes to see the doctor."

    Honor Guard Team
  • Patient Fusion

    "Dr. Hariri is a very genuine doctor who is very interested in his patients' health and answers any questions you might have so that you feel comfortable."

    Kaylene
  • Google+

    "Competency. Compassion. Respect. Altruism. Four distinct traits that truly encompass Dr. Sherwin Hariri and his practice."

    Artin Galoosian
  • Google+

    "Dr. Hariri is a very compassionate doctor. He took his time and explained everything to me very well! I highly recommend him to all my family and friends!"

    Jackie I.
  • Yelp

    "His office looked very nice and elegant. I was able to get into his clinic immediately and the waiting time to be seen was very short."

    George M.
  • Yelp

    "Very knowledgable about food allergies. Within 15 min he figured out what I'm allergic to and testing was painless. Highly recommend."

    R-Mean P.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Hariri was so helpful in my understanding of my seasonal allergies. He took great care of me and I would enthusiastically recommend him to anyone."

    Caroline T.
  • Yelp

    "Doctor Hariri is the BEST!!! He is a true life saver! He is compassionate and smart. I finally found a Doctor who knows how to treat my eczema!"

    Annette M.
  • Google+

    "He is awesome and really cares about the overall health of his patients. He also has a great assistant!"

    Jacob R.
  • "I had an amazing experience! I came in today as new patient for a severe rash. Dr. Sherwin and his team were more than phenomenal."{

    Dior
  • "I would highly recommend Dr. Sherwin in the future to friends and family members who are seeking the assistance of an allergist in the greater Los Angeles area."

    Winston
  • Square

    "I always feel cared for whenever I go to this practice. The doctor is very nice and genuinely cares for his patients. Sabrina is always pleasant and helpful as well."

    Joan
  • Google+

    "I have seen many allergists in the past, and finally I walked into an office where I truly felt the doctor was not only brilliant, but also cared to listen to me."

    Alec P.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Hariri is the best. He definitely cares about his patients and will go above and beyond. Thank you Dr. Hariri for your amazing help and guidance!"

    Holly B.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Hariri is a genuine doctor who cares about his patients. He is very knowledgeable and smart. Thank you Dr. Hariri for everything!"

    Arpine M.
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