Allergic Reactions
to Food

Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction and can present with wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or feeling faint. Creating an Anaphylaxis Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan — using this downloadable form from FARE — in advance and giving copies to school, caregivers and family members is important. And it’s crucial that appropriate medications prescribed by your doctor, such as epinephrine, are always accessible.

If two of the following symptoms occur, consider anaphylaxis and inject epinephrine, and then seek emergency care:

  • Hives — Rash, or red, itchy skin
  • Stuffy or itchy nose, sneezing, or itchy and teary eyes
  • Vomiting, stomach cramps or diarrhea
  • Angioedema or swelling
  • Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat

FARE has an excellent list of ways children may use to describe a food allergy reaction that can be found here.

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