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Food Allergy Awareness: Risk Factors for Severity of Allergic Reactions to Food

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 The severity of allergic reactions to foods is due to many factors and is variable.  The severity of a reaction cannot be accurately predicted by the degree of severity of past reactions, nor by the level of blood levels for IgE antibody or the size of the wheal (red bump) from skin testing.  The factor most commonly identified with the most severe reactions is the coexistence of asthma.


Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers. (Download PDF)

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Kids With Food Allergies
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