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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When it comes to teens and their allergies should you be worried they aren’t taking their health seriously?READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: Most Popular Pet Names In 2021
Teenagers are known to be risk-takers and in some cases they think they are immortal.
In some cases it is with drugs and alcohol, but there is one area you might not have thought about when it comes to teens and risks they are taking, their food allergies.READ MORE: Triple Shooting In Kensington Leaves 2 Men Dead, Another Injured, Philadelphia Police Say
Behavior such as not reading food labels or knowingly eating foods labeled “may contain allergens” are relatively common.
Teens can be careless, but it gets worse among highly allergic teens.
Many of them do not always carry an epipen, or self-injectable epinephrine, the medication that is immediately needed in the case of a severe allergic reaction.MORE NEWS: Doylestown, Buckingham Township House Fire Leaves Man Dead
If you have a teen with severe allergies this could be a conversation that could keep them, and you, out of the emergency room.