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01/15/2017 Bethesda Office closing early Thursday

Bethesda Office will be closing on Thursday 01/18/2017 at 12:30. Thank You for your patience.


The Westminster office will be closed Wednesday, January 10th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

01/08/2018 Westminster and Germantown Closing

All offices will be closing effective immediately due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions. We will reopen at normal time on Tuesday 1/9/2018.

01/04/2017 One Hour Delay (Late opening)

Due to inclement weather, all offices, with the exception of our DC, Towson, and Bel Air Offices, will be opening one hour late today.

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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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