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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."
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