The real dangers of a food and peanut allergy

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Food allergies are a growing problem and something you need to be prepared for.

In Chester Dr. Teresa Stillion is dealing with food allergies, like peanut allergies.

It is important to be aware of such an allergy because it may carry severe symptoms, some life threatening, like an anaphylactic reaction.

It is important to avoid known allergens, if possible, and read labels carefully when you have food allergies. Avoidance is the key.

Milder reactions may be managed with antihistamines such as Benadryl, and oral/ topical steroids.

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