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An allergic reaction is an overreaction of the immune system to
a substance called an allergen. Allergens include chemicals, foods, medicines,
mold, plants, and pollen.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction can
range from mild and annoying to severe and life-threatening.
Allergic reactions may not occur the first time a person is
exposed to an allergen. A person may become more sensitive to the allergen with
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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