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Food Allergy (cont.)

Food Allergy Medical Treatment

In a severe reaction, the first priority is to protect the airway (breathing) and blood pressure.

The health care professional will make sure that the airway is open and that the person is getting enough oxygen.

  • Oxygen may be given through a tube into the nose or by face mask.
  • In severe respiratory distress, mechanical ventilation may be required. A tube is placed in the mouth to keep the airway open.
  • In rare cases, a simple surgery is performed to open an airway.

Blood pressure will be checked frequently.

  • An IV line may be started.
  • This is used to give saline solution to help boost blood pressure.
  • It also may be used to give medication.

The person may need to be admitted to the hospital for further monitoring and treatment.

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