How to Educate Your Child About a Severe Food Allergy

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Allie Lemco Toren

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Learning that your child has an extreme allergy can be frightening and life changing. If the allergy can cause anaphylaxis, it’s especially important to educate yourself and your child about the best ways to prevent an emergency. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may occur after a person is exposed to an allergen. During anaphylaxis, tissues in the body release histamine and other substances, causing airways to tighten; swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue; and hives, itchiness or other symptoms.

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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