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Allergies
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.47

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    allergen, allergist, antibody, latex, mildew, mites, questioning, mucus, allergy, substance, ordinary, sheets, diarrhea, pollen, shots, stays
     content words:    So Tom


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Allergies
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Susan was visiting her cousins, Lori and Doug. They had a new puppy called Murphy. They were all having a fun time rolling around in the backyard. Soon their buddy Tom came over to play. He had fun until he started sneezing. Then he began to get hives all over.
 
2     "Tom!" Lori yelled. "Look at your arm. What's happening?" There were red bumps all over him.
 
3     "Uh-oh! Those are hives," Tom answered.
 
4     "Why do you have hives?" Doug asked.
 
5     "I'm allergic to dogs. I should have told my mom I was coming to see Murphy. I'll just go home and take my allergy medicine. I'll be right back," Tom said. So Tom ran home to do just that.
 
6     "What's an allergy?" Susan asked. "He sounded like he had a cold along with a rash to me."
 
7     "It's kind of like that," Lori and Doug's mother said, "except that his sneezing is not caused by a germ. He reacts like that each time he's with a dog. A cold, on the other hand, comes and goes. If your eyes and nose are itchy, it's usually an allergy, not a cold. If the mucus is clear, it's usually an allergy. If it's yellowish and thick, it's usually a cold."
 
8     "Aunt Jane?" Susan asked. "Why am I not allergic to Murphy? I don't live here either."
 
9     Lori's mother smiled. "It's not like that, honey. It has to do with your immune system. It protects you from diseases and fights germs. If you have allergies, though, it sometimes fights ordinary things and overreacts."

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