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Sarah S. Kehl, M.D.

Sarah S. Kehl, M.D.

Dr. Sarah Kehl brings to Oak Street Medical her combined expertise as a board certified allergy/immunology specialist and pediatrician. Warm and approachable, Dr. Kehl tries to put all of her patients at ease.


160712Eczema-200Babies and children with eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, often have a family history of eczema, asthma or allergies. They also have a much higher chance of developing environmental and food allergies, as well as asthma.

In fact, a 2003 study published in the journal Pediatrics showed up to 80 percent of children with eczema go on to develop allergies and/or asthma, while up to 30 percent of patients with eczema may also have a food allergy, compared to 1-3 percent in the general population. This progression of developing eczema in infancy, followed by allergies and asthma as the child gets older, has been dubbed the "atopic march."

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160223EczemaEczema is a chronic, itchy skin condition that affects around 10 percent of U.S. children* and 1 to 3 percent of adults. The term eczema is often used interchangeably with atopic dermatitis.  

What does eczema look like?

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150714GlutenGluten is a protein found in many grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. As awareness increases, it’s become more and more common for people to ask to be evaluated for a gluten allergy or intolerance. Yet, many people are confused about what differentiates a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance and celiac disease.

Here’s a quick explanation of each:

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150602Immunotherapy-300Those who suffer from grass or ragweed allergies and could benefit from immunotherapy treatment now have another option, one that doesn't involve shots or regular trips to the allergy office.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) been used in Europe for more than a decade with success. Last spring, the FDA approved its use in the United States. For those with grass allergies, there are two products, Oralair and Grastek, and for those with ragweed allergy, Ragwitek is available. Like traditional allergy shots, SLIT is used to induce tolerance to a particular environmental allergen, changing the way a body reacts to an allergen over time.

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Tagged in: Allergies Immunology

150421OralAllergySyndrome-300Some people who are allergic to pollen develop itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face and throat when they eat certain fruits and vegetables. This is known as oral allergy syndrome. Symptoms usually occur within minutes of eating the food.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by a cross-reaction between various pollens and certain proteins in fruits, vegetables and nuts that are structurally similar to the proteins in pollen. The immune system becomes confused and causes an allergic reaction that can lead to an itchy, tingly mouth and sometimes a mild sensation of swelling in the mouth or lips. Occasionally, blisters may result.

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Tagged in: Food Food Allergies