Doctors are seeing a growing number of patients who suffer from anaphylaxis. Some studies are looking whether the increased use of antiseptic soap may be a part of the cause. Children aren't being exposed to infections, and it is shifting their immune systems.
Bowen's son hasn't suffered from any more attacks since that day four years ago. The actress doesn't think they'll ever address the issue on "Modern Family." Allergies and doctor talk are a bit too serious for the comedy show.
But she'll do what she can and use her celebrity to promote a good cause.
"I am lucky to be on 'Modern Family' so people want to hear what I have to say," she said.
Common triggers: Cow's milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soybeans, wheat, insect bites, latex
Symptoms: Dizziness, headaches, weak pulse, nausea, skin rash, hives and swelling of the lips or tongue