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Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions to food can cause reactions in multiple organ systems. It is important for us to learn the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction in order to keep children with food allergy safe. Allergic reactions usually start within minutes but can also start hours after exposure to the food. Reactions can include:

  • Hives (a raised, itchy rash) 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarseness or other change in voice
  • Wheeze (musical sound with breathing)
  • Pain in the belly, with or without nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling faint
  • Confusion
  • Feeling of impending doom