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  Meet Darlene Mansoor, MD - Attending Physician, Division of Allergy and Immunology

Darlene Mansoor, MD
Darlene Mansoor, MD, began working at Children’s National a year and a half ago, after completing her internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Mansoor is an attending physician in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders as an Allergy & Immunology clinician at the Northern Virginia office.

On a daily basis, Dr. Mansoor sees patients for allergic diseases ranging from food allergies and allergic rhinitis to eczema to asthma. On top of treating patients with these allergic conditions, she teaches residents and fellows and is a clinical researcher in food allergy.

There are almost 3 million kids in the United States with food allergies, and Dr. Mansoor is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and their families through her work as a pediatric allergist and immunologist. Aside from providing an academic allergy practice for families in Northern Virginia, Mansoor emphasizes patient safety for the best possible patient care. “I enjoy providing care and education for patients and families regarding allergic diseases,” Mansoor says. “We are dedicated to making sure families receive the best patient experience possible, and I’m proud to be a part of this team.”

Educating patients and their families is key in managing food allergies. Dr. Mansoor feels it is very important to not let a patient or family member leave with any unanswered questions, and ensures that they may contact her if any questions arise. Families often have to adapt to a new way of eating and need to be aware of which foods their child needs to avoid to stay healthy.

Dr. Mansoor feels lucky to work with such a great team, and hopes that she can make a difference in the lives of children throughout the metro area. “I hope to create, along with my colleagues, an Allergy and Immunology Division that sets the standard for food allergy care, research, and patient education as well as train future generations of doctors to provide excellent patient care.” Mansoor says.

Want to schedule an appointment for your child to see one of our world-class allergist-immunologists?
Call 202-476-4490 to make an appointment at one of our locations in DC, Maryland or Virginia.

Common Questions About Food Allergies

Q: What is a food allergy?
A: When you have a food allergy, your body thinks that a particular food might be dangerous. Your immune system will start to attack it, causing a reaction. The most common foods people are allergic to are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.

Q: How can doctors tell if you have a food allergy?
A: A doctor can tell you have a food allergy when you complain about vomiting, swelling, difficulty breathing or a rash after eating certain foods. If the doctor suspects you have an allergy, he may send you to an allergist, who will ask you about reactions after eating certain foods and about your family history. The doctor may also do a skin test to determine what type of food you may be allergic to.

Q: What happens when you have a reaction?
A: When you have a reaction your body releases histamine, which can cause several symptoms including hives, itching or swelling of your mouth or tongue, hoarse voice, coughing, trouble breathing, belly pain, vomiting and diarrhea. A bad reaction is called anaphylaxis which can cause difficulty breathing. If this happens, it is important to get medicine right away.

Q: How are food allergies treated?
A: Some kids will outgrow their food allergies, but some do not. The best thing to do is to avoid the food you are allergic to. Your parents and allergist can help you determine what foods you can and cannot eat. Some ways to control a food allergy are by carrying a card with foods to avoid, learning how to read food labels, talking to your friends about food allergies, and ordering from restaurants with a chef card.

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