Schools can now treat major allergic reactions

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A new law in Illinois now allows school administrators to treat serious allergic reactions.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation Monday.

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Nurses could use an EpiPen or other device to administer the medication to students who might be having a life threatening allergic reaction (sometimes called anaphylactic shock.)

Such an allergic reaction may include:- Abdominal pain- Abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds- Anxiety- Confusion- Cough- Diarrhea- Difficulty breathing- Difficulty swallowing- Fainting, light-headedness, dizziness- Hives, itchiness- Nasal congestion- Nausea, vomiting- Palpitations- Skin redness- Slurred speech- Wheezing(Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health online at MedlinePlus .)

Also under the new law, schools will no longer be required to have the medicine on hand.

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