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How are food allergies treated?

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The best way to avoid a reaction is to stay away from foods that cause it. Mild reactions usually will go away without treatment. For rashes, skin creams may ease discomfort, while antihistamines can help reduce itching and other symptoms.

For more serious reactions, corticosteroids like prednisone will reduce swelling. In life-threatening situations, an epinephrine injection can start to reverse symptoms and is the only effective treatment.

From: Food Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

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News conference, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dec. 3, 2010.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

The Food Allergy Initiative.

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

News conference, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dec. 3, 2010.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

The Food Allergy Initiative.

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 16, 2018

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