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What's Going Around - Food Allergies

August 29, 2011

Food allergies affect about six percent of young children, which is especially important as kids head back to school in late-August.

Dr. Arvind Madaan of Charlottesville, Allergy & Respiratory Enterprise says he's seeing an increase in the number of cases of kids with food allergies. He says the issue could result in a trip to the ER if it's not immediately addressed.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, itching, hives, wheezing and dizziness. It can even cause the airways to close.

The foods most commonly linked to allergies include peanuts, fish or shellfish. Children with known food allergies are advised to avoid those foods, but if they accidentally come in contact with a trigger food the best way to treat the problem is with an Epinephrine shot.

Dr. Madaan also has a reminder for people young and old who suffer from general allergies. The fall trouble season is quickly approaching. To keep tabs on pollen counts in your zip code, click here.

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