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Allergies (1C)

Allergies are exaggerated immune responses or reactions to substances that are generally not harmful. Allergies are relatively common and generally not an accommodation issue except when the allergy is severe and impacts breathing or other bodily functions.
Allergies can be caused by many environmental stimuli. Some common causes of allergies are pollen, mold spores, latex, certain foods (e.g. peanut butter, strawberries), drugs, or insect venom. Allergic reactions can vary from mild symptoms (e.g. runny nose, congestion) to severe reactions (e.g. hives, anaphylactic shock). Students who might experience dangerous reactions should carry emergency epinephrine with them at all times. Epinephrine reduces the symptoms of an allergic reaction so the student has time to seek medical assistance. Students who carry epinephrine should communicate with faculty about how and when it might need to be used; students should also seek medical assistance immediately if they have a reaction, even if they successfully used their epinephrine.

Formal Diagnostics

A physician's diagnosis and information about the impact of allergies on student's ability to function would be necessary documentation.

Intake Questions

  • What triggers an allergic reaction?
  • Do you have any known severe food allergies?
  • What kind of allergic reaction do you have?
  • What needs to be done if you have an allergic reaction?
  • Do you carry an EpiPen?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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