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Resources for Allergy and Asthma

All About Allergy

Detailed information on allergy, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Treatment for Allergy

The three most effective ways to treat allergies are avoidance, immunotherapy, and medication.

Allergens: Animals

Household pets, like cats and dogs, are the most common sources of animal allergens.

All About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease with recurrent breathing problems.

Treatment for Asthma

Two types of medication are used to treat asthma: long-term control medication and short-term, quick-relief medication.

Management of Asthma

One part of asthma management is to identify and avoid the things that trigger your asthma. You also need to understand how to take your asthma medications.

Contact Dermatitis

Detailed information on contact dermatitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Egg Allergy Diet

Detailed information on egg allergy, a type of food allergy, including egg-free recipes and egg substitutes

Asthma and Exercise

Exercise-induced asthma is different from the typical asthma that is triggered by allergens and/or irritants.

Allergens: Food

Detailed information on food allergy, including food intolerance and food allergy symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Latex Allergy

Symptoms of latex allergy include watery or itchy eyes, wheezing, hives, flushing or a skin rash, itching, or swelling.

Milk Allergy Diet

Detailed information on milk allergy, a type of food allergy, including milk-free recipes and milk substitutes

Allergens: Mold

Mold spores or fragments may be inhaled through the nose and into the lungs, where they cause allergic reactions or asthma.

Occupational Asthma

Occupational asthma is often a reversible condition, which means the symptoms may disappear when the irritants that caused the asthma are avoided.

Peak Flow Meter

A peak flow meter for asthma is like a thermometer for a fever—it helps you monitor what's going on inside your lungs by measuring airflow out of the lungs.

Peanut Allergy Diet

Detailed information on peanut allergy, a type of food allergy, including potential sources of peanut protein and other sources of peanut and peanut products

Allergens: Pollen

Pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, sometimes known as "hay fever."

Asthma and Pregnancy

With proper asthma management and good prenatal care, most women with asthma can have healthy pregnancies.

Rhinitis

Rhinitis is a reaction that occurs in the eyes, nose, and throat when airborne irritants such as pollen or mold trigger allergy symptoms.

Shellfish Allergy Diet

Detailed information on shellfish allergy, a type of food allergy, including how to read a label for an shellfish-free diet

Soy Allergy Diet

Detailed information on soy allergy, a type of food allergy, including how to read a label for a soy-free diet and other potential sources of soy or soy product

Allergy and Asthma Statistics

More than 22 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma. Find out other facts and figures on this chronic disease.

Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy

Detailed information on symptomatic conditions of allergy, including asthma, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, rhinitis, and urticaria

Tree Nut Allergy Diet

Detailed information on tree nut allergy, a type of food allergy, including how to read a label for a tree nut-free diet

Urticaria/Hives

Detailed information on urticaria, also called hives, including what food and medicines commonly cause hives

Wheat Allergy Diet

Detailed information on wheat allergy, a type of food allergy, including how to read a label for a wheat-free diet

Asthma

Detailed information on asthma, including triggers of an asthma attack, symptoms, diagnosis, management, and treatment

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis is a hereditary and chronic skin disorder that mostly affects infants and young children, but may last until a child reaches adolescence or adulthood.

Asthma and Children

How asthma will affect a child throughout his/her lifetime varies, depending on the child.

IgG Deficiencies

Immunoglobulin G, also known as IgG, is one type of a special kind of protein in the body called immunoglobulin. A person with an IgG deficiency is more likely to get infections.

Pemphigus Vulgaris

Pemphigus is a rare group of autoimmune diseases that causes blisters on the skin and mucous membranes throughout the body. Pemphigus vulgaris is the most common type of pemphigus.
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