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  1. Food Allergies - Exams and Tests

    Information on food allergy tests.

  2. Food Allergies - What Increases Your Risk

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

  3. How to Avoid Pollen

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

  4. Food Allergies - Health Tools

    This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding food allergies.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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