5 Expert Answers About Severe Allergy Treatment

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Jennifer Shih, MD, FAAP    

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Caring for a child with serious allergies can be stressful and scary, but arming yourself with knowledge and preparation can help you and your child take control. Pediatric allergy specialist Jennifer Shih, MD, FAAP, discusses the most common questions she hears from children and their parents about avoiding anaphylaxis and living with serious allergies.


1. Q: What is anaphylaxis?

A: In simple terms, anaphylaxis is the term for an extreme allergic reaction. Not all allergies lead to anaphylaxis, but the most common severe allergies are allergies to food, venom, medication and latex.

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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