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Going back to school with Food Allergies

Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4%–6% of children in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. Allergic reactions to foods have become the most common cause of anaphylaxis in community health settings. In the United States, 90% of serious allergic reactions come from the following foods: milk, eggs, fin fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts, but any food could potentially cause an allergic...


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The Truth About Penicillin Allergy

WHAT IS A PENICILLIN ALLERGY? If you have ever taken an antibiotic from the penicillin family and had symptoms like rash, trouble breathing, vomiting or even a runny nose, you may have had a reaction to penicillin. Some reactions are actually common side effects of the medication. Other reactions may be signs of an allergy. Allergies happen when your immune system responds abnormally to something that is meant to be safe for your body. Some people were told they had...


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Allergic Rhinitis - Q&A

Allergic Rhinitis: Top Five Questions Answered

Spring is buzzing, and with that comes beautiful weather along with itchy eyes and runny noses.  Seasonal and “year around” (perennial) allergies affect about 20 million Americans annually.  The severity of your allergies can be based on a number of factors such as your environment, climate of where you live, and your own immune system.  Having perennial allergies in addition to seasonal allergies can affect how you feel on a daily basis, and on your exacerbated days, you likely...


How Registered Dietitians Help Provide Better Patient Outcomes

An Allergy & Asthma Center Blog Post: A recent article in the Washington Post discussed a bill being considered by the D.C. Council that would require doctors and nurses to complete two hours of nutrition study over a two-year period.


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