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  1. Food Allergies - Treatment Overview

    The best treatment for food allergies is to avoid the food that causes the allergy. When that is not possible, you can use medications such as antihistamines for mild reactions and the medications in an allergy kit for serious reactions.

  2. Food Allergies - When To Call a Doctor

    For food allergies, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have had a severe reaction in the past from the same food and similar symptoms are developing. If you have an allergy kit prescribed by your doctor, give yourself the shot.

  3. Allergic Rhinitis - Medications

    Treatment for allergic rhinitis usually starts with over - the - counter medicines. These include antihistamines, decongestants, and eyedrops.If over - the - counter medicines don't work or cause bothersome side effects, such as drowsiness or decreased coordination, your doctor will prescribe medicine. These include:Antihistamines that don't make you sleepy (non - sedating). They generally are ver

  4. Allergic Rhinitis - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor can usually diagnose allergic rhinitis by asking you questions about your symptoms, your activities, and your home life, and examining you. You may need further testing if:You and your doctor need to find out exactly what things you are allergic to so that you can take steps to avoid them.Treatment is not helping your symptoms.You have severe symptoms.You are considering allergy shots

  5. Food Allergies - What Increases Your Risk

    You have a greater chance of developing food allergies if you have a family history of allergy.

  6. Drug Allergies - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about drug allergies: What is a drug allergy? What is a penicillin allergy? Do I have a drug allergy or an adverse reaction? What should I do if I'm having a reaction now? Being diagnosed: What questions will my doctor ask about my medical history? Getting treatment: How do I give myself an epinephrine shot? How do I give my child an epinephrine shot? ...

  7. Medical History for Allergies to Insect Stings - Topic Overview

    Your health professional will ask you several questions to determine whether you could be having an allergic reaction to an insect sting. Questions may include the following: What did the insect look like? What color was it? Did it have any distinctive patterns or other markings? If you saw the nest,what did it look like? Was it in the ground or in a shrub or tree? Where were you and what were ...

  8. Food Allergies - Medications

    Read about medications used to treat food allergies.

  9. Food Allergies - Symptoms

    Symptoms of food allergy can affect many parts of your body, including your digestive system, skin, and respiratory system.

  10. Food Allergies - Cause

    Learn about food allergies that occur when the body's immune system overreacts to substances in food you have eaten, triggering an allergic reaction.

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