Allergy and Asthma

Allergy and Asthma


Topic Index - Allergy and Asthma

Detailed information on allergy and asthma, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, control, and treatment

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All About Allergy

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

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Treatment for Allergy

The most effective ways to treat allergies are avoidance, allergy immunotherapy, and medicine.

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Allergens: Animals

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

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All About Asthma

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

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Allergens: Chemical Sensitivity

Detailed information on synthetic and natural substances that cause sensitivity to the skin

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Allergens: Triggers of Allergy Attacks

Detailed information on allergy triggers and symptom control

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Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a reaction that happens after your skin comes in contact with certain substances. Skin irritants cause most contact dermatitis reactions. Other cases are caused by allergens, which trigger an allergic response.

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Diagnostic Tests for Allergies

Detailed information on allergy testing, including blood testing (rast testing) and scratch testing

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Allergens: Dust and Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that can live and thrive throughout homes and businesses.

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Egg Allergy Diet

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

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Asthma and Exercise

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

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Food Allergy

A food allergy is when your body has a bad immune reaction to a certain food. This is different than a food intolerance which does not affect the immune system. This is true even though some of the same signs may be present.

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Home Page - Allergy and Asthma

Detailed information on allergy and asthma, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, control, and treatment

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Allergen: Insect Stings

Detailed information on allergic reactions to insect bites and stings

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Diet for Lactose Intolerance

Detailed information on lactose intolerance, including a list of foods that contain lactose

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Latex Allergy

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

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Milk Allergy Diet

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

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Controlling Asthma Triggers at Work

Many people with asthma have symptoms from triggers in the workplace. This is called occupational asthma.

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Online Resources - Allergy and Asthma

List of online resources to find additional information on allergy and asthma

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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.

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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

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Allergens: Poison Ivy/Poison Oak/Poison Sumac

Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are native American plants. These plants cause an allergic reaction in most people who are exposed to them.

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Allergens: Pollen

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

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Asthma and Pregnancy

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

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Rhinitis

Rhinitis is a reaction that happens in the eyes, nose, and throat when allergens in the air trigger the release of histamine in the body. Histamine causes itching, swelling, and fluid to build up in the fragile linings of nasal passages, sinuses, and eyelids.

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Shellfish Allergy Diet

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

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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

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Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy

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

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Allergies and the Immune System

Most allergic reactions are a result of an immune system that responds to a "false alarm."

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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

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Urticaria/Hives

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

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Wheat Allergy Diet

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

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Allergy Overview

Allergies are problems of the immune system. Most allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts to a “false alarm.” Normally, the human body defends itself against harmful things, such as viruses or bacteria. But sometimes the defenses violently attack mostly mild things, such as dust, mold, or pollen.

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Asthma

Asthma is a long-term disease of the airways of the lung. The airways become sensitive to triggers (allergens and irritants).

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Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a chronic skin disorder. It commonly affects infants and may last until adulthood. It causes itchy, scaly patches on the skin.

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Your Child's Asthma

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

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IgG Deficiencies

An IgG deficiency is a health problem in which your body doesn’t make enough Immunoglobulin G (IgG). People with IgG deficiency are more likely to get infections.

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Pemphigus Vulgaris

Pemphigus is a rare group of autoimmune diseases. It causes blisters on the skin and mucous membranes throughout the body. It can affect the mouth, nose, throat, eyes, and genitals.

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Immunotherapy: What Is It?

Scientists have found a way to use the body's immune system to help treat or defend against a number of health problems. This treatment is known as immunotherapy.

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Immunoglobulin A Deficiency

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is a blood protein that’s part of your immune system. Your body makes IgA to help fight off sickness. Having an IgA deficiency means that you have low levels or no immunoglobulin A in your bloodstream. 

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Your Asthma Health Care Team

When you have asthma, you’ll have a team to help you manage your condition. Together, you’ll create your asthma action plan. You may see several health care providers every year who help keep you healthy.

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Wegener’s Granulomatosis

Wegener’s granulomatosis is a condition of the immune system. It causes swelling and irritation in blood vessels and other tissues.

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Sjögren Syndrome

Sjögren syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. This means that the body’s own immune system attacks its own cells and tissues by mistake. In this case, it attacks the glands that produce moisture. It commonly causes dry skin, dry eyes, and dry mouth.

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Monoclonal Gammopathies

Monoclonal gammopathies are conditions in which abnormal proteins are found in the blood.

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Gaucher Disease

Gaucher disease is a rare genetic disorder passed down from parents to children (inherited). When you have Gaucher disease, you are missing an enzyme that breaks down fatty substances called lipids. Lipids start to build up in certain organs such as your spleen and liver.

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Wilson Disease

Wilson disease is a rare genetic disorder that is passed from parents to children (inherited). It prevents your body from getting rid of extra copper in your system.

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Glycogen Storage Disease in Children

Glycogen storage disease (GSD) is a rare condition that changes the way the body uses and stores glycogen, a form of sugar or glucose.

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