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When Food Can Kill You: Coping With Severe Food Allergies

When Food Can Kill You: Coping With Severe Food Allergies
Illustration by Valentine Gallardo

 

What do peanuts, shrimp, and eggs, have in common?—On the surface, nothing much. But all of the above, it turns out, are common causes of food allergies. On our next report,Tyler takes a look at food allergies in teens. Food allergies occur in some people, when the body’s immune system, which normally fights infection, gets confused and begins attacking foods we eat. Heather Braverman is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. If she even comes in contact with these foods, Heather experiences severe symptoms called anaphylaxis. We learn how she deals with her food allergies and get some advice on what to do if you have friends with food allergies.