First Aid: Allergic Reactionsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-AllergicReactions-enHD-1.2.jpgAlthough most allergic reactions aren't serious, severe reactions can be life-threatening and can require immediate medical attention.allergic reaction, allergic reactions, allergic, allergy, allergies, food allergies, allergic to, severe reaction, severe allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, anaphylaxsis, insect stings, medication allergy, pollen, mild reaction, Benadryl, diphenhydramine, antihistamine, epinephrine, epipen, EpiPen, injectable epinephrine, triggers, trigger, itching, itchiness, redness, swelling, stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, red bumps, hives, itchy eyes, watery eyes, swelling of the face, swelling of the mouth, difficulty swallowing, difficulty speaking, wheezing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fainting, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, CD1Allergy07/07/200404/27/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD04/27/201859bcd54d-cee6-4f0d-a758-11b1b6c61608https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/allergic-reaction-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/allergy.html/">Allergic reactions</a> can be triggered by foods, medicines, pets, insect stings, pollen, and other things. Most allergic reactions aren't serious. But <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anaphylaxis.html/">severe reactions</a> can be life-threatening and need immediate medical care.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <h4>Mild:</h4> <ul> <li>itching</li> <li>skin redness</li> <li>slight swelling</li> <li>stuffy, runny nose</li> <li>sneezing</li> <li>itchy, watery eyes</li> <li>red bumps (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hives.html/">hives</a>) anywhere on the body</li> </ul> <h4><strong>Severe:</strong></h4> <ul> <li>swelling of the mouth or tongue</li> <li>trouble swallowing or speaking</li> <li>wheezing or trouble breathing</li> <li>belly pain, nausea, vomiting, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a></li> <li>dizziness or fainting</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Contact a doctor if your child has an allergic reaction that is more than mild or concerns you.</li> <li>If the symptoms are mild, give an antihistamine by mouth such as diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl).</li> <li>If the symptoms are severe and you have injectable epinephrine (such as EpiPen), use it as directed right away and <strong>call 911</strong> for emergency medical help.</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Help kids avoid anything they're allergic to, and keep an oral antihistamine available.</p> <p>If your child has a severe allergy or has had a severe reaction, be sure the injectable epinephrine is on-hand at all times (including at school). You, your child (if old enough), and anyone who cares for your child know how to use it.</p>
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