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  1. 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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  2. Parents: Allergy Tests & Food Diets Explained

    Angela Moore’s pediatrician was on the phone, relaying some frightening news about her 8-year-old son. Dennis’ blood test results showed he was allergic to corn, wheat, watermelon, and all tree nuts. More on Kids and Food Allergies Food Allergy Testing: What Parents Should Know “I was totally freake

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Many Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows. Just 16 percent knew the correct way to use an epinephrine

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  10. Quick Epinephrine Use Urged for Allergic Reaction

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People having a severe allergic reaction need immediate treatment with the medication epinephrine, newly released guidelines say. But, not all medical personnel are aware of the importance of epinephrine, according to the

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