3. Know the symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to treat it

Symptoms include:
Swollen lips or tongue
Swollen eyes
Tightening in throat/difficulty swallowing
Difficulty breathing
Drop in blood pressure
Loss of consciousness

Please follow these links for more detailed information about how to recognize an allergic reaction and what to do if your child shows any of these symptoms:

Types of allergic reactions
FAAN's defintion of anaphylaxis
Epipen's definition of anaphylaxis

Talk to your allergist about how you should treat an allergic reaction. Sometimes an antihistamine such as Benadryl is enough. Other reactions might require an injection of epinephrine and a trip to the emergency room. Figure this out with your child's allergist before your child has an allergic reaction.
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