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  1. Get Ready for Spring Allergy Season

    Spring means longer days, picnics, and time outdoors. But if you or your child has allergies, it’s time to be on alert, too. Use these tips to avoid triggering your allergies.   As many as 15 million people in the U.S. have these. You’ll want to work with your doctor to find out which foods give you

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  2. Should You Get Allergy Shots?

    Allergy shots can’t cure your allergies, but they can really cut down on your symptoms. The shots are best if you have severe allergies or symptoms that last more than 3 months every year, says Michael Land, MD. They can also help if you can't take allergy medicines because of side effects or intera

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  3. Do You Have a Cold or Allergies?

    Do you know how to tell the difference between a cold and allergies? Are you sure? It's easy to get them confused. Just ask Paul Ehrlich, MD, a professor of pediatrics at New York University. Ehrlich had been an allergist for years when he came down with what he thought was a cold. "I'd had a watery

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  4. Is It a Cold or the Flu?

    It's no surprise so many people get colds and the flu mixed up. They're both contagious illnesses that affect your lungs and airways, and they have many of the same symptoms. But unlike a cold, the flu can cause serious and even life-threatening problems. That's why it's important to be able to tell

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  5. Food Allergies: Protect Your Child at Home and Away

    If your child has a food allergy, get ready for a change to your family’s eating habits. Learn what to look out for at home and away to make sure he isn’t exposed to foods that might trigger an allergic reaction. "Finding safe options that children are willing to eat can be a challenge," says Marion

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  6. Anaphylaxis: Where to Find Information & Support

    If your child has a serious allergy, take him to see a pediatric allergist or immunologist. Your doctor can refer you. This doctor, who specializes in treating kids with allergies, will do tests to find your child's allergy triggers, create a treatment plan for them, and teach you how to manage your

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  7. 4 Ways to Raise an Allergy-Savvy Child

    When your child has severe allergies, there's a lot you can do to help him avoid anaphylaxis, a dangerous allergic reaction. Work with your child and with the friends, family members, and other adults who are part of his life to manage his allergies and, in turn, make anaphylaxis less likely. Get an

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  8. Allergic Reactions at School

    Many children have allergies. Most never have a dangerous allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Still, it's best to be prepared. To do that, you need a plan for when your child is at school. An allergist can help. He can use blood and skin tests to find your child's allergy triggers, review her trea

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  9. How Epinephrine Injections Can Help Your Child

    If your child has a severe allergy, he could also have a sudden and often dangerous reaction called anaphylaxis. The good news is that his doctor can prescribe an easy-to-give drug called epinephrine that can delay symptoms and buy time in an emergency. The trick is to know what to do with it when y

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  10. Serious Food Allergies: How to Keep Your Teen Safe

    Life with a food allergy can be more of a challenge for a teen than a young child. These years are all about fitting in, but a kid with allergies often can’t eat what her friends eat, or has to ask for special meals, or must pass when everyone else is eating something she can't have. Here are some w

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