Talk: How to Prevent and Handle Severe Allergic Reactions

  • Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
  • Time: 7 – 9:00 PM
  • Place: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Bowles Conference Area

Life-threatening food allergies now affect an estimated 4% of teens and adults and 5% of young children. To help prevent tragic deaths and emergency situations, allergist Curtis Moody, MD, will present a talk and answer questions about food allergies and severe allergic reactions on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:00 PM, at the Metro-Boston Allergy and Asthma Educational Support Group, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter.

Dr. Moody will explain how to prevent, recognize, and treat anaphylaxis (the medical term for severe allergic reactions), and how to decide when to use epinephrine, the life-saving medication that comes in auto-injector devices. In addition to foods, the same symptoms and responses apply to allergies to stinging insects, medications, and latex. Dr. Moody is an allergist with offices in Brookline and Concord, and serves as Medical Advisor to the support group.

This workshop is free and is the first meeting of the fall season for the support group. For more information, or a free copy of “Eating Out with Food Allergies” or checklists for managing food allergies in school and child care, call (781) 444-7778 or see www.asthmaandallerg