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A food allergy happens when the body’s immune system, which normally fights infections, reacts to a food as an invader. The immune system responds by releasing chemicals such as histamine into the body, triggering an allergic reaction.
Lots of kids have food allergies. The most common food allergies are to:
Allergic reactions can cause:
Even if previous reactions have been mild, someone with a food allergy is always at risk of a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. This can be life-threatening and needs immediate medical care. In some children, even touching or inhaling a food they are allergic to can cause anaphylaxis.
Students who have food allergies may need to:
The best strategy is to help students with allergies avoid the foods and drinks that they are allergic to. Be sure to read the ingredients on food labels and don’t allow food in your classroom if it might cause problems.
Students with food allergies may be bullied because of their allergies. Help other students understand the special precautions required due to food allergies.
Students at risk for food allergies must have a plan for handling emergencies. Make sure you, the students, parents, and school nurse all know where the epinephrine auto-injector is stored and how your student will get it quickly if needed.
Milk allergy can cause serious reactions. Find out how to keep kids safe.
Although food allergies are more common than ever, people who have them may feel different or embarrassed. A good friend can really help.
Milk is in all kinds of foods, even things like baked goods. So what should a person who’s allergic to milk do?
Being prepared for an allergy emergency will help you, your child, and other caregivers respond in the event of a serious reaction.
Fish allergy can cause a serious reaction. Find out how to keep kids safe.
Soy is found in many foods and it’s a common food allegy. Find out how to help kids with an allergy stay safe.
Wheat allergy can cause serious reactions. Find out how to help kids with an allergy stay safe.
Doctors are diagnosing more and more people with food allergies. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with food allergies can make a big difference in preventing serious illness.
Struggling with strawberries? Petrified of peanuts? Sorry you ate shellfish? Maybe you have a food allergy. Find out more in this article for kids.
With food allergies, preventing a reaction means avoiding that food entirely. But sometimes allergens can be hidden in places you don’t expect. Here are tips on living with a food allergy.
With preparation and education, a child with a food allergy can stay safe at school.
Shellfish allergy can cause serious reactions. Find out common symptoms of allergic reactions and how to respond.
Food allergies can cause serious and even deadly reactions in kids, so it’s important to know how to feed a child with food allergies and to prevent reactions.
Helping your child manage an egg allergy means reading food labels carefully, being aware of what he or she eats, and carrying the right medicines in case of an allergic reaction.
Living with an egg allergy means you have to be aware of what you’re eating and read food labels carefully. Here are some tips for teens who have an egg allergy.
A growing number of kids are allergic to nuts and peanuts. Find out more about this problem and how allergic kids can stay healthy.
Babies sometimes have an allergic reaction to eggs. If that happens, they can’t eat eggs for a while. But the good news is that most kids outgrow this allergy by age 5.
Peanuts are one of the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn’t imagine. Learn the facts on living with a nut or peanut allergy.
Shellfish allergies can be serious – and shellfish can appear in some surprising foods and products. Read about shellfish allergy and what to do when a reaction is severe.
Taking precautions and carrying meds are just part of normal life for someone who has a food allergy. Here are some tips on how to make travel also feel perfectly routine.
If your child is allergic to nuts or peanuts, it’s essential to learn what foods might contain them and how to avoid them.
Anaphylaxis is a sudden, life-threatening reaction that is usually caused by an allergy.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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