In reported news today, Zhaire Smith of the Philadelphia 76’ers will be out possibly the whole NBA 2018-2019 season due to complications from an allergic reaction.
It was known that the rookie had a peanut allergy and food was individually prepared for him at the teams facility so he was not exposed to peanut. Apparently it was also discovered that he has a sesame allergy and he had an allergic reaction after eating foods containing that ingredient. Sesame is considered the “9th” food allergen and the FDA may soon require labeling of that.
Since the reported allergic reaction, Zhaire Smith has lost 20 pounds and has undergone a thoracoscopy.
Thoracoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a thin, lighted scope with a video camera is inserted into the chest through a small incision.
If you have been following our blog, we have had many previous posts of celebrities and athletes who have had allergic reactions reported in the news, unfortunately the details are very sketchy as to what actually happened.
In general after a food allergy reaction or anaphylaxis, the first treatment line is epinephrine which can be given in a self injectable device such as an Epipen or Auvi-Q.
Sometimes there can be a delayed reaction that presents later, but once the reaction is treated there should not be future residual issues. We do not know Zhaire Smith’s history or exactly what happened, but we wish him the best and hope he makes a speedy recovery.
If you do have food allergies or suffer from an allergic reaction, it is important to be followed by an allergy doctor to give you the best care.