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Attacking Allergies

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About the Program

An estimated one in five Americans suffers from some type of allergy. Pollen, mold, dust, certain foods and animals cause misery for millions. For some unfortunate few, peanuts or bee stings can be the kiss of death. ideastream helps to explain what happens when the body's immune system goes awry; why allergies are on the rise; and what you need to know about one of our nation's most chronic health problems.

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Introduction & Faces of Allergies

Chapter 1: Introduction & Faces of Allergies
Meet various people from Northeast Ohio affected by different types of allergies.

Anatomy of an Allergic Reaction

Chapter 2: Anatomy of an Allergic Reaction
Itchy eyes, runny noses, uncontrollable sneezes, and wheezing lungs are some of the symptoms of allergies, but what is happening inside the body during an allergic reaction? This segment explains and also describes various microscopic allergens.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Chapter 3: Diagnosis & Treatment
This segment explains how skin prick testing is used to identify specific allergens which wreak havoc for patients and how testing results pave the way for some patients to receive allergy shots. Tongue drop therapy is highlighted as an alternative to shots, as well as various lifestyle adjustments.

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Info Spot: Anaphylaxis

Dust Mites

Info Spot: Dust Mites


Info Spot: Reaction

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