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Allergies Specialist services offered in Clarksburg, MD

More than 50 million people in the United States experience uncomfortable, allergy-related symptoms each year. At Peridot Primary Care in Clarksburg, Maryland, Princess "Marie" Stephenson, CRNP, and her team offer comprehensive allergy care for patients of all ages. Marie and her staff help you determine the cause of your allergies while providing a holistic approach to treatment that can alleviate your discomfort. To schedule an allergy evaluation at Peridot Primary Care, call the office or request an appointment online today.


Allergies Specialist Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to certain substances in your environment that are not typically considered harmful. When you come into contact with these substances, an overactive immune response produces antigens to fight off a perceived attack on your body. 

The production of these antigens triggers various symptoms that can make you uncomfortable or interfere with your quality of life. 

You can develop allergies at any time and may be at increased risk if you have a family history of allergies. Common allergens that can trigger symptoms include:

  • Mold 
  • Dust
  • Latex
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites
  • Pollen

Ingredients in some medications can cause allergic reactions, as can some foods, notably peanuts, soy, and shellfish.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Exposure to allergens can cause many symptoms. When you have contact with substances like pollen and mold, you may experience:

  • Coughing 
  • Sneezing 
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes

Insect bites and contact with latex or other substances can produce a rash, swelling, and hives. If you have food allergies, you may experience swelling in your mouth or tongue, dizziness, and stomach cramps. If you have asthma, exposure to allergens can trigger an asthma attack.

For some, allergens can cause a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, resulting in sudden inflammation in your throat that makes it difficult to breathe.

Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical treatment to prevent serious health complications. If you have a history of anaphylaxis, you must carry an EpiPen.

How are allergies diagnosed?

The team at Peridot Primary Care offers can help you determine the root cause of your allergies and offer advice on how to manage symptoms.

For food allergies, your provider has you keep a food diary where you record the foods you eat and any symptoms you experience. They may also suggest an elimination diet, where you avoid certain foods and then reintroduce them to help narrow down what's triggering your symptoms. 

How are allergies treated?

Treating allergies often involves avoiding allergy triggers and using medications to ease your symptoms. Peridot Primary Care offers therapies to reduce your body's reaction to allergens. This process involves regular injections of small amounts of allergens over several years.

For patients who experience anaphylaxis, Marie will prescribe an epinephrine injection for you to use during emergencies. She can also prescribe asthma medications or an inhaler to treat sudden asthma attacks due to allergies.

To learn more about available treatment options for allergies, call Peridot Primary Care or request an appointment online today.