Health Information

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.

  • Triggers for Asthma Attacks

    Asthma triggers include pollen, mold, animal dander, and air pollutants such as tobacco smoke.

  • Allergens: Chemical Sensitivity

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

  • Allergens: Triggers of Allergy Attacks

    Detailed information on allergy triggers and symptom control

  • Contact Dermatitis

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

  • Diagnostic Procedures for Allergy

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

  • Allergens: Dust and Dust Mites

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

  • 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

  • Home Page - Allergy and Asthma

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

  • Allergen: Insect Stings

    Detailed information on allergic reactions to insect bites and stings

  • Diet for Lactose Intolerance

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

  • 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.

  • Online Resources - Allergy and Asthma

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

  • 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: Poison Ivy/Poison Oak/Poison Sumac

    Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can all cause bumps and blisters that itch. Teach your children what these plants look like and how to avoid them.

  • 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

  • Topic Index - Allergy and Asthma

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

  • 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

  • Allergies and the Immune System

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

  • 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

  • Allergy Overview
  • 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.

  • Your Child's Asthma

    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.