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Southwest Allergy & Asthma Center



6100 Windcom Court,
Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093

Serving: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Garland, Dallas, The Colony, Addison, Coppell, Little Elm, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 398 - 3500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In the Texoma Medical Plaza adjacent to the new Texoma Medical Center
5012 South US HWY 75,
Suite 150
Denison, Texas 75020

Serving: Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Gainesville, Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, McKinney, Prosper, Durant (OK) and Madill (OK)

(903) 463 - 8400Telephone:
(903) 463 - 8500FAX:

7785 Eldorado Pkwy,
Suite 500
McKinney, Texas 75070

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 542 - 0500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In Twin Creeks Medical Center Two
1101 Raintree Cir,
Suite 200
Allen, Texas 75013

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(469) 656 - 1057Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

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Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to the proteins found in a particular food.

Is food allergy common?

Approximately 6% of children and 3.7% of adults have a food allergy, so they are very common.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction? What is anaphylaxis?

Classic allergic reactions usually include a red, itchy rash called hives that occurs within minutes of ingesting foods containing cow’s milk. Hives can progress to or occur as part of a more serious allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may include any of the following symptoms: wheezing or other breathing problems; vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps; face, mouth, or throat swelling; or signs of shock, including low blood pressure, dizziness, and passing out.

Is anaphylaxis an emergency?

Yes. If you or your child is experiencing an anaphylactic reaction you should seek immediate medical attention (call 911) and administer epinephrine with an auto-injector (Epipen or Twinject). Severe anaphylaxis may require treatment with epinephrine, intravenous fluids, antihistamines, and steroids in an emergency medical facility.

What should I do if I have a child with a history of anaphylaxis?

Children with food allergies should have an emergency care plan at home and at school. They should also have an epinephrine injector readily available to be administered by a trained adult.

What are some common foods that can cause anaphylaxis?

Shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts are the foods responsible for most cases of anaphylaxis. Anaphylactic reactions to other foods implicated in food allergy including milk, egg, wheat, soy, and fish are possible, but less common.