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Allergic Reaction Topic Guide
Allergic Reaction: An allergic reaction is an overreaction to a harmless substance. Symptoms and signs of an allergic reaction include hives, rashes, swelling, itching, wheezing, nausea, and even anaphylactic shock in severe reactions. Treatment involves avoiding triggers, taking oral antihistamines, applying antiinflammatory steroid creams, and using an EpiPen.
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Allergy Shots Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, is recommended for severe allergy sufferers. Typically, immunotherapy consists of a three- to five-year course of allergy shots with the goal of reducing the allergy sufferers reaction to allergens and to reduce or eliminate the person's need for other allergy medications.
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