Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have had a severe reaction in the
past from the same food and similar symptoms are developing. If you have an
allergy kit prescribed by your doctor for severe
allergic reactions, give yourself the
epinephrine shot before you call for help. If
possible, have someone else call while you give yourself the shot.
Because symptoms can come back even after the injection, go to the
emergency room every time you have a reaction, even if you are feeling better.
You should be observed for several hours after the reaction.
Alternaria. Aspergillus. Cladosporium. Penicillium. Unless you have a special fondness for fungi, you’re probably not too familiar with these or any of the thousands of other common molds.
But if you’re among the estimated 5% of Americans who have mold allergies, you may be all too well acquainted with the itchy eyes, nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, skin irritation, and other symptoms mold allergies can cause. Severe mold allergies can even trigger potentially dangerous asthma attacks.
A nutritionist or
registered dietitian can help you keep a balanced diet
even when you can't eat some foods. A nutritionist or dietitian can also help
you learn how to avoid hidden
allergens in foods and give you ideas about how to
make substitutions in recipes.