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Resources for Attacking Allergies

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

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Types of common allergies

Food: Milk, soy, wheat, shellfish, fish, peanut, treenut, egg
Insect: Honeybees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, fire ants
Drug: Penicillin, sulfa, barbiturates, anti-convulsants, insulin, iodine
Airborne: Dust mites, mold, cockroaches, pollen, ragweed, pet dander

Dust Mite Facts

Dust mites feed off dead skin cells. On average, one human is able to feed 1.5 million dust mites per year just through shed skin.

Within 2 years 10% of the weight of your pillow is probably a mixture of dead and alive dust mites.

Your mattress holds as many as 10 million dead and alive dust mites.

About 80 percent of the material seen floating in a sunbeam is actually skin flakes.

Dust consists of...
incinerator and cigarette ash, combustion products, fibers: wool, cotton, paper and silk, fingernail filings, food crumbs, glass particles, glue, graphite, human and animal hair, insect fragments, oil soot, paint chips, plant parts, pollen, polymer foam particles, salt and sugar crystals, human and animal skin scales, soil and fungal spores, stone particles, tobacco, wood shavings

Dust Mite Resources

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

MEACO

Environmental Health and Safety Online

Local Allergy Resources

Compassionate Care for Asthma & Allergies
The Cleveland Allergy and Asthma Center provides personal care to children and adults with asthma, nasal and sinus problems, eczema and hives, with a specific interest in chronic coughs.

Allergy & Asthma Center of Northeast Ohio
Allergy and Asthma Center of Northeast Ohio provides diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergic diseases for patients of all ages.

MetroHealth’s Approach to Treating Allergies
MetroHealth works with patients to develop a specific treatment regimen that suits your individual needs.

Allergy/ Immunology Associates Inc.
Allergy/Immunology Associates, Inc. specializes in the area of allergic and immunologic disorders affecting both children and adults.

Survival Guide For Allergy Season
The Cleveland Clinic offers informational tips, guidelines, and services for dealing with allergies and your body.

Allergy Diagnostic- Dr. Barry Lampl
Dr. Lampl provides comprehensive allergy diagnosis and treatment.

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Allergists are uniquely trained to diagnose and treat allergic disorders.

National Allergy Resources

National Allergy- For A Healthier You
National Allergy specializes in allergens including dust and dust mites, mold spores, pollens and animal danders.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is the largest professional medical organization in the United States devoted to the allergy/immunology specialty.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation offers facts and figures, clinical trials, educational resources, and numerous other informational guides to better understand and treat both asthma and allergies.

The National Allergy Bureau
The National Allergy Bureau™ (NAB™) is the section of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s (AAAAI) Aeroallergen Network that is responsible for reporting current pollen and mold spore levels to the public

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is a professional association of more than 5,000 allergists/immunologists and allied health professionals.  The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research.

Today’s Local and National Allergy Forecast
Click on your state to see the four day allergy forecast in your area.

Allergy Treatment Programs
For many years, National Jewish Health scientists have made important contributions to our understanding of allergy, and the best means to diagnose and treat it.

Food Allergy Resources

FAAN, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
FAAN works to raise public awareness through advocacy in policy-making, education and research on food allergy and anaphylaxis.

Kids With Food Allergies
This website provides a wealth of articles and information, as well as basic recipe substitutions for eggs, milk, and other common allergy-inducing foods.

Insect Bite Allergy Resources

MedicineNet.com Insect Sting Allergies: Information and Treatment
MedicineNet.com provides extensive information about the types of common allergy-inducing insects, how to avoid them and how to identify the symptoms of a possible allergic reaction.

University of Oregon, Insect Allergy
University of Oregon’s guide to insect allergies gives an overview of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of insect allergies.

Drug Allergy Resources

MedlinePlus
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus is an online source of health tutorials, encyclopedias and news.

WebMD Drug Allergies
WebMD is a health information website run by an editorial staff specializing in medicine journalism and health communications, and maintaining up-to-date medical references.

Airborne Allergy Resources

The Allergy Relief Center
The Allergy Relief Center provides tips and physician-recommended relief products for seasonal and airborne allergens such as tree pollen, grass and ragweeds.

Pollen.com
Look up the daily pollen count in specific regions on Pollen.com, which provides allergy forecast resources and a library that contains some 1100 botanical species.

Latex Allergy Resources

The American Latex Allergy Association
The American Latex Allergy Association is a non-profit organization that assists patients diagnosed with natural latex allergy and creates awareness about this lesser-known allergy.

ALAA Online Resource and Education Manual
The American Latex Allergy Association also provides an online manual divided into ten sections about latex allergy topics.

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