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How do medications treat soy allergies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Medications can't treat the soy allergy itself, but they can treat the symptoms. Oral antihistamines are generally prescribed for mild reactions to soy. They help treat symptoms like itching and swelling by blocking the effects of a chemical called histamine. If you have a severe allergy to soy, a doctor may prescribe an epinephrine injector. In an emergency, epinephrine controls anaphylactic shock by reducing swelling and relaxing muscle.

To avoid coming into contact with soy, always ask questions about what you're eating and read nutrition labels.

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