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What are the dangers of allergic reactions?

There are several types of allergic reactions, ranging from mild itching of skin to gastrointestinal symptoms and life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. Early identification of anaphylaxis, such as problems involving the airway or with breathing, is crucial for early intervention. Use of an epipen or even intubation as appropriate may decrease risk of mortality. There are additional risks of missing an allergic reaction. Some serious allergic reactions may present in a bi-modal fashion, or may take over a day to present symptoms. If an allergic reaction is suspected it is wise to visit to the emergency room for observation and intervention as needed. 

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