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Allergies Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information About the Immune System and Allergic Disorders

Allergies Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information About the Immune System and Allergic
Disorders, Including Rhinitis (hay Fever), Sinusitis, Conjunctivitis, Asthma, Atopic Dermatitis, and Anaphylaxis,
and Allergy Triggers Such As Pollen, Mold, Dust Mites, Animal Dander … (Fifth edition)

by Omnigraphics, Inc.
English | 2016 | ISBN: 0780814517 | 486 Pages | True PDF | 2.79 MB

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, and according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), about fifty percent of the Americans test positive for at least one of the most common allergens: ragweed, pollen, mold, animal dander, dust mite, cockroaches, milk, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts. Symptoms associated with allergic reactions can range from mild annoyances to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening emergency. Combined, allergies cost the US healthcare system more than $18 billion annually.

Despite their widespread occurrence, however, many people do not understand the basic biological processes involved in allergic reactions and the role the immune system plays in causing common symptoms. Furthermore, medical science has yet to identify the specific genetic and environmental interactions that lead to the development of allergies or to fully understand why the prevalence of allergic diseases is increasing.

Allergies Sourcebook, Fifth Edition provides updated information about the causes, triggers, treatments, and prevalence of common allergic disorders, including rhinitis, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, allergic asthma, dermatitis, eczema, hives, and anaphylaxis. It discusses the immune system and its role in the development of allergic disorders and describes such commonly encountered allergens as pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander. Facts about allergies to foods and food additives, insect stings, medications, and chemicals are also included, along with information about allergy diagnosis, treatments, coping strategies, and prevention efforts. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms and directories of resources, including one to help people with food allergies find allergen-free foods.