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a healthy start As k t h e D o c Q: Over-the-counter allergy medications only give me minimal relief. Would allergy shots work better? A: Dealing with seasonal allergies can be very difficult and exhausting, especially if you have allergies during more than one season. If over-the-counter medications are not offering enough relief, allergy shots can be another good option. Allergy medications merely mask the symptoms of allergies temporarily. Allergy shots actually treat the cause of the allergic symptoms. Seasonal allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes are your body’s reaction to contact with the allergen. Allergy shots decrease your body’s response to the allergen, therefore relieving the root cause of the symptoms. When you begin the series of allergy shots, the dosage is very low, and over time it is slowly increased as your tolerance builds up. Most individuals experience significant relief within several months. The course of shots continues for three to five years, with relief from symptoms usually lasting five to 10 years, significantly increasing quality of life for many sufferers. meet With dr. day To make an appointment with Katherine Day, MD, call 410-879-9100. Her office is at 520 Upper Chesapeake Drive, Suite 206, in Bel Air. —Katherine Day, MD, otolaryngologist lather, rinse, dOnate! Breast cancer survivor Debbie Sayler, left, and her surgeon, Meghan   Milburn, MD, discuss Dr. Milburn’s  donation to locks of love. Meghan Milburn, MD, fellowship-trained breast surgeon, co-director of the Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH) Breast Center and professor of surgery at the UM School of Medicine was excited about finally getting a haircut. Dr. Milburn had been growing her hair for over a year for Locks of Love, a program providing hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children who have long-term medical hair loss from diagnoses such as cancer. Debbie Sayler, a hair stylist and owner of Hair Ranch in Forest Hill, measured Dr. Milburn’s long hair to make sure she cut enough to meet the requirements. Debbie is a breast †Find a wealth of health information, videos and recipes at cancer survivor herself, and Dr. Milburn was her surgeon. Debbie remembers saying jokingly to Dr. Milburn, “So, you cut something off of me, and now it’s my turn.” After a breast self-exam, Debbie found a small lump. The first specialist didn’t believe it to be cancerous, but contacted Dr. Milburn for a second opinion. Dr. Milburn confirmed it was cancer and moved immediately to surgery. “I love how [Dr. Milburn] and her staff handled everything,” Debbie says. “I am recommending them to everyone.” As for Dr. Milburn and her new hairdo, she says, “The length was driving me crazy and I was ready to cut it myself! But I’m glad I waited for a professional.” The UCH Breast Center, on the Bel Air campus, will formally move to its new space in the Kaufman Cancer Center in fall 2013. Visit | summer 2013   3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2013

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2013
A Healthy Start
Matters of the Heart
We Give Parents Hope
At a Glance
Physician Update
News and Events

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2013