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8 Dangerous Food Allergies

8 Dangerous Food Allergies

Allergic reactions might start with a mild symptom, such as tingling lips or flushed skin. But serious food allergies can eventually cause trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, and even death. These eight foods account for about 90% of all allergic reactions to foods—and are often to blame for life-threatening reactions in adults and kids.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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