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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Food Allergies - Symptoms

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

  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 - 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.

  7. Antihistamines or Decongestants? Getting Allergy Relief

    WebMD's guide to using decongestants and antihistamines for allergy relief.

  8. Medications to Treat Pollen Allergies

    You're already doing the best you can to avoid pollen, but sometimes you may also need medication to ease your seasonal allergy symptoms.

  9. Food Allergies - What Increases Your Risk

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

  10. 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 .

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