Severe food allergy is a unique kind of condition: You’re surrounded with the risk of being exposed to the thing that you’re allergic to.

It would be so simple if your allergy was poisonous to everyone.  Most substances that are poisonous to humans, like venom, arsenic, and fungi, are universally poisonous. Therefore, society takes great care to keep these things away from itself.

For those with food allergies, on the other hand, the substances that make you sick are abundant in kitchens, cafeterias, restaurants, grocery stores, and homes. It can feel hard to keep yourself safe from those threats.

Modern medicine does, however, make it possible to ensure your safety. A severe allergic reaction (Anaphylaxis) can be temporarily countered by an epinephrine shot. Epinephrine, which you may know better by the name “adrenaline,” is the human hormone that produces large bursts of energy and is naturally activated as an instinctive fight-or-flight response. As a naturally occurring hormone, it poses no risk to the recipient and has been proven to be a life-saving agent in the treatment of anaphylactic shock.

Epinephrine shots should be administered at the first sign of allergic reaction. Afterwards, the patient should be brought by ambulance to an emergency room for follow-up treatment.

For those in the DC Metropolitan and Bethesda communities, if you or a loved one have experienced or been diagnosed with any severe allergies, call the Jivana Care clinic at 301-951-3606. We prescribe epinephrine and a host of other allergy management tools and our doctors can work with you to develop personalized emergency care plans.

Contact us today for allergy treatment and much more.