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updated: 9/27/2013 12:05 AM

Poll Vault: Does anyone in your family have a food allergy?

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  • Many people who have severe food allergies carry an EpiPen, a device that injects a fast-acting dose of epinephrine to counteract anaphylactic shock.

      Many people who have severe food allergies carry an EpiPen, a device that injects a fast-acting dose of epinephrine to counteract anaphylactic shock.
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Thousands of families will converge on Chicago's Lincoln Park on Saturday for a benefit walk to help raise awareness about severe food allergies.

The Food Allergy Research & Education group, better known as FARE, says one out of every 13 schoolchildren in the U.S. is at risk for a whole-body reaction known as anaphylaxis. Common foods like nuts, milk or eggs can trigger life-threatening swelling and low blood pressure.

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Does anyone in your family suffer from a food allergy? Is your home a nut-free zone? How hard is it to reduce exposure to potentially lethal allergens?

Has your or your child's allergy become less severe with age?

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