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Managing Severe Allergies

People prone to extreme allergic events need to be prepared. If you or your child suffers from one or more serious allergies, your first line of defense is to avoid the cause of the allergy. Of course, this isn’t always possible. It is critical to learn how recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction, understand how and when to use emergency epinephrine, and develop an action plan that you can share with friends and family in case a severe reaction occurs.

Roundtable Discussion: Living with Severe Allergies

Real parents and a patient discuss severe allergies and anaphylaxis.

Living With Severe Allergies

Learn about managing severe allergies and the life-saving benefits of emergency epinephrine.

Getting Tested for Severe Allergies

Think you might have severe allergies? Discover ways to get tested, including blood tests, IgE skin tests, and drug provocation testing.

Getting Support with Severe Allergies

A severe allergy diagnosis can be overwhelming. Find out more about the many available support options, including web resources, communities, and toolkits.

Tips for Living with Dangerous Allergies

Have you been diagnosed with severe allergies? Find out more about steps you can take to avoid the risk of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

Your Severe Allergy Action Plan

Learn why it makes sense to create a step-by-step severe allergy action plan. Share it with your family, friends, coworkers, and/or your child’s teacher.

The Future of Treatment for Severe Allergies

What does the future hold for severe allergy treatments? Learn more about current research, clinical trials, and potential future therapies for allergies.

The Most Common Food Allergens

Think you might have food allergies? Learn more about the most common food allergens—including shellfish, egg, and nuts—as well as where they might hide.

Explaining Severe Allergies to Your Child

If your child (or someone they know) has severe allergies, it’s critical that they understand the condition and how to avoid triggers. Here’s a guide to help.

Managing Severe Allergies with Young Children

Get tips for how to talk to your children about severe allergies, as well as the importance avoiding triggers.

Epinephrine Autoinjectors: Teaching Others How to Use Them

An anaphylactic reaction can occur anywhere and anytime. Get tips for instructing family, friends, and others how and when to use an epinephrine autoinjector.

More Severe Allergy Resources

Apps That Can Save Your Life

These smartphone apps help people with food allergies avoid potentially dangerous foods or get treatment faster in the event of accidental exposure.

Managing Your Child’s Anaphylaxis at School

Before school starts, make an appointment with your child’s teacher, support staff, and school administrators to discuss a plan for managing and preventing allergy attacks.

For Parents: Creating a Food Allergy Cheat Sheet

You are your child’s greatest health advocate, but you won’t be able to monitor everything he or she eats. Use this helpful guide to remind yourself and teach your child ways to avoid potentially harmful foods.

First Aid Kit for Allergy Sufferers

People prone to extreme allergic events need to be prepared. Put together a first aid kit complete with all the necessary tools to save your life or your child’s, and keep it with you at all times.

Anaphylaxis: Your FAQ Answered by an Expert

Dr. Grace Yu answers common questions about allergic reactions in children and adults and treatments for anaphylaxis.

True Stories: Anaphylaxis

Three parents and patients share the day-to-day aspects of living with food allergies and the risk of anaphylaxis.