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  1. Food Allergies - Prevention

    Food allergies often occur in people who have a family history of asthma, atopic dermatitis, or allergies to pollen, mold, or other substances. These people are said to be atopic, meaning they have an inherited tendency to develop allergic conditions.

  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. Food Allergies - Home Treatment

    Knowing which foods trigger food allergies and avoiding those foods is the best way to prevent allergic reactions. Unfortunately, food allergens are often "hidden" in sauces, ice creams, baked goods, and other items. If you have food allergies, read food

  4. Peanut Allergy - Overview

    What is a peanut allergy?A peanut allergy is a reaction that occurs when your body mistakenly identifies peanuts as harmful substances. When you eat peanuts or food containing peanuts, your immune system-the body's natural defense system that fights infections and diseases-overreacts and can cause a serious, even life - threatening response.What causes a peanut allergy?An allergic reaction occurs

  5. Topic Overview

    Food labels tell you what ingredients are in a food. Look for the name of your allergen in the ingredient list,such as buttermilk if you are allergic to milk. You may see an unusual name such as "lecithin" followed by the common name (soy). Also look for a "contains" statement,such as "Contains Wheat,Milk,and Soy." The following table provides terms you may see on a food label for common ...

  6. Allergies in Children: Giving an Epinephrine Shot to a Child

    If your child has had a severe allergic reaction in the past, you know how frightening it can be. Symptoms of breathing difficulty, itching, and swelling can come on quickly and become life - threatening. Giving your child an epinephrine shot with an EpiPen can slow down or stop an allergic reaction. That's why it is important to have an allergy kit containing an Epipen with you at all times and t

  7. Allergies: Giving Yourself an Epinephrine Shot

    If you have had a severe allergic reaction in the past, you know how frightening it can be. Symptoms of breathing difficulty, itching, and swelling can come on quickly and become life threatening. Giving yourself an epinephrine shot with an EpiPen can slow down or stop an allergic reaction. That's why it is important to have an allergy kit containing an Epipen with you at all times and to know .

  8. Food Allergies - Symptoms

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

  9. How to Avoid Pollen

    Nature got you down? WebMD explains pollen allergies, including how to avoid them.

  10. Food Allergy Checklist for Parents

    If your child has a food allergy, there are things you can do to ease, and prevent, his or her symptoms. Try these tips.

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