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10/20/2017 Westminster Closure

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10/17/2017 Bethesda Closure

Our Bethesda Office will be closed today 10/17/2017. We will reopen for our normal hours on Wednesday.


10/17/2017 Silver Spring Opening Late

Our Silver Spring office will be open this Friday, 10/20 at 10 am.


10/02/2017 Shady Grove/Rockville Opening Late on 10/6

Our Shady Grove/Rockville Office will be opening at 9 am on Friday, 10/6.


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Food Allergy

A food allergy is an exaggerated immune system response triggered by a certain food. A severe food allergy can lead to anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be deadly.

Common Food Allergies

  • peanuts
  • soy
  • milk
  • fish/shellfish
  • eggs
  • tree nuts
  • Causes of a Food Allergy

    When you have a food allergy, the immune system mistakes the food as harmful and triggers your body to produce antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE) and IgE signals your body to produce histamine that causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction such as rashes, itchy eyes, nausea and anaphylactic shock.

    Symptoms of a Food Allergy

    Food allergies usually occur seconds after a food has been eaten. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • hives/rashes
  • nausea
  • swelling/angioedema
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
  • Prevention

    Avoidance of the food that causes the allergic reaction is the best prevention. However, sometimes a food can not be avoided and for these times make sure you carry an EpiPen to protect yourself from anaphylaxis.

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    To diagnose a food allergy, allergists may consider challenge testing or allergy skin testing. These tests can determine which foods cause an allergic reaction to occur.

    Treatment for food allergies depends on the type of reaction being experienced minor or severe.

    For minor reactions, a doctor might prescribe antihistamines or over-the-counter medications.

    For severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), seek immediate medical attention or administer an injection of epinephrine using an EpiPen or other epinephrine autoinjector.

    For more information on food allergies or to schedule an appointment with an allergist, call 1-800-778-9923 or visit the Allergy & Asthma Center location near you.

     
     

     

     
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