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  • All About Allergy

    All About Allergy Many symptomatic conditions of allergy require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions that result f...

  • All About Asthma

    All About Asthma Many symptomatic conditions of asthma require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions that result fro...

  • Allergen: Insect Stings

    Allergen: Insect Stings Insect stings that most commonly cause allergic reactions Insects that are members of the Hymenoptera family most commonly cause allergic reactions. These include: Bees Wasps ...

  • Allergens: Animals

    Allergens: Animals What is an animal allergen? Allergens found in animals are a common cause of allergic reactions. They are caused by the protein found in an animal's: Skin Dander Saliva Urine House...

  • Allergens: Chemical Sensitivity

    Allergens: Chemical Sensitivity What is chemical sensitivity? Chemical sensitivity is not considered an allergic reaction because it does not involve the release of IgE (immunoglobin E) antibodies, h...

  • Allergens: Dust and Dust Mites

    Allergens: Dust and Dust Mites What are dust allergens? Dust allergens are substances found in dust, and may include: Fabric fibers Lint Feathers Stuffing materials Animal protein (dander, saliva, ur...

  • Allergens: Food

    Allergens: Food What is food allergy? A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food. It is important to know that this is different than a food intolerance, which does not affe...

  • Allergens: Mold

    Allergens: Mold What is mold? Mold is a member of the fungus family. It is a branching-type of growth called hyphae. It rarely dies from heat or cold exposure, but remains dormant until a particular ...

  • Allergens: Poison Ivy/Poison Oak

    Allergens: Poison Ivy/Poison Oak What is poison ivy/poison oak? There are three native American plants that collectively may be called poison ivy: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. These plan...

  • Allergens: Pollen

    Allergens: Pollen What is pollen? Pollen is the tiny egg-shaped male cells of flowering plants, including trees, grasses, and weeds. Pollen is microscopic in size. Pollen is the most common cause of ...

  • Allergens: Triggers of Allergy Attacks

    Allergens: Triggers of Allergy Attacks Many allergies require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the allergens that cause allerg...

  • Allergies and the Immune System

    Allergies and the Immune System Allergies are disorders of the immune system. Most allergic reactions are a result of an immune system that responds to a "false alarm." When a harmless substance such...

  • Allergy and Asthma Statistics

    Allergy and Asthma Statistics Statistics related to asthma and allergies According to the latest information available from the American Lung Association, the CDC, and the National Institute of Aller...

  • Allergy Overview

    Allergy Overview What is allergy? Allergy is a physiological reaction caused when the immune system mistakenly identifies a normally harmless substance as damaging to the body. Normally, the human bo...

  • Asthma and Children

    Asthma and Children What causes childhood asthma? The majority of children with asthma have allergies. Even exposure to low-grade allergens (those that don't cause significant allergic reactions) may...

  • Asthma and Exercise

    Asthma and Exercise What is exercise-induced asthma? Most people diagnosed with asthma will experience asthma symptoms when exercising. In addition, some who are not diagnosed with asthma will experi...

  • Asthma and Pregnancy

    Asthma and Pregnancy Having asthma does not necessarily mean having a complicated pregnancy. With proper management of asthma and appropriate medical care during the pregnancy, most women who have as...

  • Asthma Overview

    Asthma Overview What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease involving recurrent breathing problems. The characteristics of asthma are three airway problems: Obstruction Inflammatio...

  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

    Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) What is atopic dermatitis (AD or Eczema)? Atopic dermatitis (AD), also called eczema, is a hereditary and chronic skin disorder that mostly affects infants or very young ch...

  • Contact Dermatitis

    Contact Dermatitis What is contact dermatitis? Contact dermatitis is a physiological reaction that occurs after skin comes in contact with certain substances. The majority of these reactions are caus...

  • Diagnostic Procedures for Allergy

    Diagnostic Procedures for Allergy Diagnostic tests for allergy may include any or all of the following: Nasal smears. Nasal smears are tests performed to check the amount of eosinophils in the nose. ...

  • Diet for Lactose Intolerance

    Diet for Lactose Intolerance What is lactose intolerance? Lactose is the name of the sugar found in milk. Lactose intolerance occurs when the body is unable to breakdown all of the lactose that is in...

  • Egg Allergy Diet

    Egg Allergy Diet General guidelines for egg allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. Eggs are a commonly used food that may...

  • Glossary - Allergy and Asthma

    Glossary - Allergy and Asthma | A | | B | | C | | D | | E | | F | | G | | H | | I | | J | | K | | L | | M | | N | | O | | P | | Q | | R | | S | | T | | U | | V | | W | | X | | Y | | Z | A [return to ...

  • Home Page - Allergy and Asthma

    Topic Index Statistics Related to Allergy and Asthma All About Asthma All About Allergy Glossary Allergy and asthma are among the most common health problems. Asthma itself affects more that 20 milli...

  • IgG Deficiencies

    IgG Deficiencies When your body feels it is threatened or under attack, it makes special proteins called immunoglobulins, or antibodies. These antibodies are made by the plasma cells. They are releas...

  • Latex Allergy

    Latex Allergy What is a latex allergy? Natural rubber latex, a milky fluid found in rubber trees, has a contaminating protein in the rubber that causes allergic reactions, not with the rubber itself....

  • Management of Asthma

    Management of Asthma Treatment for asthma Specific treatment for asthma will be determined by your health care provider based on: Your age, overall health, and medical history Extent of the disease Y...

  • Milk Allergy Diet

    Milk Allergy Diet General guidelines for milk allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. The items that you are allergic to a...

  • Occupational Asthma

    Occupational Asthma Asthma and your occupation Approximately 15 percent of adults with asthma experience occupational asthma. Occupational asthma is a type of asthma caused by exposure to inhaled irr...

  • Online Resources - Allergy and Asthma

    Online Resources - Allergy and Asthma This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medica...

  • Peak Flow Meter

    Peak Flow Meter What is a peak flow meter? A peak flow meter is a device used to measure how well a person's asthma is under control. The device measures air flowing out of the lungs, called peak exp...

  • Peanut Allergy Diet

    Peanut Allergy Diet General guidelines for peanut allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. A peanut allergy is an abnor...

  • Pemphigus Vulgaris

    Pemphigus Vulgaris Pemphigus is a rare group of autoimmune diseases that causes blisters on the skin and mucous membranes--mouth, nose, throat, eyes, and genitals--throughout the body. Pemphigus vulg...

  • Rhinitis

    Rhinitis What is rhinitis? Rhinitis is a reaction that occurs in the eyes, nose, and throat when airborne irritants (allergens) trigger the release of histamine. Histamine causes inflammation and flu...

  • Shellfish Allergy Diet

    Shellfish Allergy Diet General guidelines for shellfish allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. A shellfish allergy is...

  • Soy Allergy Diet

    Soy Allergy Diet General guidelines for soy allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. A soy allergy is an abnormal respo...

  • Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy

    Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy Many symptomatic conditions of allergy require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditio...

  • Topic Index - Allergy and Asthma

    Topic Index - Allergy and Asthma Allergy and Asthma Home Statistics Related to Allergy and Asthma All About Asthma Asthma Overview Triggers for Asthma Attacks Management of Asthma Asthma and Pregnanc...

  • Treatment for Allergy

    Treatment for Allergy How are allergies treated? Specific treatment for allergies will be determined by your doctor based on: Your overall health and medical history Extent of the allergic disease Yo...

  • Treatment for Asthma

    Treatment for Asthma Medication as treatment for asthma The two types of asthma medications used to treat asthma include long-term control medication and short-term, quick-relief medication. Though t...

  • Tree Nut Allergy Diet

    Tree Nut Allergy Diet General guidelines for tree nut allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. A tree nut allergy is an...

  • Triggers for Asthma Attacks

    Triggers for Asthma Attacks What are the triggers that can cause an asthma attack? According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American Lung Association, triggers fo...

  • Urticaria/Hives

    Urticaria/Hives What is urticaria? Urticaria, or hives, is a condition in which red, itchy, and swollen raised areas appear on the skin--usually as an allergic reaction from eating certain foods or t...

  • Wheat Allergy Diet

    Wheat Allergy Diet General guidelines for wheat allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. A wheat allergy is an abnormal...