7 Things to Know About Anaphylaxis

Life-Threatening Allergy Attacks

Most allergic reactions affect only one part of your body, such as your skin or lungs. But a severe type of allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, affects multiple parts of your body at once. Without treatment, this can be deadly. Anaphylaxis is a growing problem in the United States. Here's how to protect yourself.

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