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Food Allergies

Food allergies can be serious, so it's important to quickly identify and treat allergic reactions.

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Teach Your Child About Food Allergies

You want your child to be safe when you're not around. Even little kids can learn to say, "No, thanks; I have food allergies" if someone offers them a snack. These articles are written at your child's level. Share them or read and discuss them together.

Kids

Help your child avoid foods they are allergic to. Teach them what to do if they have a reaction. Help kids learn about their health by asking them questions like, "What are 3 signs of an allergic reaction?"

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Teens

Teens are becoming more independent. Share these articles with your teen so they can help friends, teachers, and coaches understand — and step up when needed.

Managing food allergies

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Food Allergy FAQs

Pollen-food allergy syndrome (also called oral allergy syndrome) causes a type of allergic reaction. It usually only affects the lips, mouth, and throat, and happens when someone with a pollen allergy eats some foods — fruits, vegetables, and nuts. For a few kids, it can be serious.

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Allergies don't cause asthma. But when kids already have asthma, having allergies can sometimes make their asthma symptoms worse.

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Doctors often use a combination of skin testing and blood testing to diagnose a food allergy.

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