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What to Do When There's an Allergic Reaction to Food on 'Dr. Oz' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 20th 2010 8:25PM
Is there a Doctor in the house?

On Tuesday's edition of 'The Dr. Oz Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Dr. Mehmet Oz brought Food Network chef Duff Goldman onstage to talk about allergies to common foods and how to help someone if they have an allergic attack.

As Oz explained it, food allergies happen when your immune system -- by mistake -- thinks that the food is an enemy invader. When that happens, you release histamines, which are designed to very quickly bring blood vessels to the attacking area -- but the gigantic influx of blood vessels can cause a stressful attack.

To illustrate what to do when someone has an allergic attack, he had guest Michael Emerson fake an allergic attack -- and then asked Goldman -- and his other guest, Valerie Harper -- what to do. There were five items on the table to use, including a cell phone, antihistamines and ice -- which ones could he use to help Emerson?

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