Massachusetts Allergists

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I have a sister who is looking to relocate to Massachusetts. She has a 6 year old child with a severe peanut allergy condition. While I personally don't have much knowledge in this area, I have been surfing, in the hope of assisting her with finding a specialist in this area. It seems every where I go I keep seeing the name of Dr. Michael Young. I was wondering if anybody might have information about this doctor, or better yet, may have experience with him. My neice is coming from the west coast; from a school that provides a peanut free zone. If anybody out there has experience with a doctor in the Greater Boston area who specializes in this area and is supportive. Please respond with any information you might have. Thank you.

On Dec 23, 2003

Dr. Young is a pediatric allergist at Children's Hospital Boston, and is probably considered the tops in the field of food allergies (especially peanut allergy) in this area. He is the author of The Peanut Allergy Answer Book.

That being said, I have no personal experience with him, but other people here have, and iirc, they like him.

If your sister wants her child to have an appointment with him, she should call to schedule the appointment 4-6 months in advance, though, because there is usually quite a wait to see any of the Children's Hospital allergists. (We use a different Children's Hospital allergist, and usually have a several month wait to see him at a suburban office.)

Any idea of which town in the Boston area your sister will be moving to?

HTH, Debbie

On Dec 23, 2003

My son has been seeing Dr. Curtis Moody. He is also affiliated with Children's. His offices are in Brookline and Concord. He was voted the best allergist in the Boston Magazine this past year.

On Dec 23, 2003

Oh, I should mention that for myself, I also use Dr. Moody, at his Concord office. I like him, both from a skill and personality point of view.

His partner, Dr. Twarog, is very highly thought of, as I understand it. I used to see him many years ago, but I personally just didn't get along with him as well.

--Debbie

On Dec 23, 2003

I worked for Dr. Young. He is a great doctor and so very smart! I do not think you could do much better. Dr. Tworog and Dr. moody are also good. Dr. Young see's pt.s at Childrens hospital and his own office in Weymouth, ma

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On Dec 23, 2003

My son sees Dr. Young. He was very nice and answered all of my questions. His staff was very friendly as well.

On Dec 24, 2003

Do you know if Dr.Young supports Peanut free zones in school, as my sister is concerned this way.

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Originally posted by michelle0123: [b]My son sees Dr. Young. He was very nice and answered all of my questions. His staff was very friendly as well. [/b]

On Dec 30, 2003

I know he is against bans. I'm not sure how he feels about zones, though.

On Dec 31, 2003

I'm pretty sure he does. I know that he has gone into schools to speak about the seriousness of PA.

On Feb 2, 2004

Lets see -- How can I say this without getting into deep water...

Given Caitlin's FA's, its tough to do much but wait until... Our current allergist we don't see. we see her NP (nurse practioner). We're happy with her, dont get me wrong. Shes helped us a lot.

But is there more we can do NOW? What else can be done but have a 'wait and see' approach. We've done the rast, the spt's, we know the reactions, we know the routine.

Do we just sit back and wait? Is that all that CAN be done? Do we delve into altenative treatments, or do we not?

C's in preschool now. You know the stories. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I guess the question I pose is 'Now what'?

Ann's mentioned (and read) a lot about Dr. Young, and thinks 'why cant we switch'? Sure we could, I suppose, but what good would it do? Theres another question [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Should we change if we could?

For the latter question, I answered to her, "Why? Wouldnt do any good"

Any comments from his patients here? or answers? (no, theres no real answers, I know, but...)

Jason Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts Sara 2-13-98 NKA (avoiding nuts) Meghan 2-28-03 dx'ed Reflux - Alimentum feeder, Zantac - 1.5ml 2x/day - RAST neg. for everything. [url="http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin"]http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin[/url]

On Feb 13, 2004

We don't see Dr Young, but I've spoken with him at a presentation and found him very approachable. Anyway - to answer your question another way - have you thought about how you will manage your other children's introductions to allergenic foods?

I've found some allergists to be very strict -- "delay introduction to age 5 or beyond for peanuts, TN, shellfish" -- and some to be quite the opposite -- "treat them as if they have not allergy because the odds of a sibling developing an allergy are really quite small"

Your comfort level of introducing these foods in your home, a doctors office, or a well equipped hospital (like Boston Children's)could also play a role in the allergist you choose. Likewise, if you're delaying introduction of certain foods to age 5 or beyond, you may need an allergist's support when that child enters preschool, elementary school.

T.

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