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Unexpected severe allergic reactions strike many schools

from HealthDay News

More than one in 10 U.S. schools reported at least one student who suffered a severe allergic reaction during the 2013-2014 school year, new research shows. And 22 percent of those students had no previously known allergies, the researchers added. Epinephrine is typically used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). "There's always a first time for a reaction — it can be at home, it can be in school, it can be in a restaurant, it can be on the soccer field," said study author Dr. Martha White, research director of the Institute for Asthma & Allergy in Wheaton, Md. "But the bottom line is that many students experiencing anaphylaxis in school had no prior known allergies and would not have had medication there or at home," she said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. more

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