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Sneezing. Sniffling. Hives. Rashes. Burning eyes. Runny nose. Sinus headache. Scratchy throat. Asthma attacks.... Whether you’re reacting to pollen or peanuts, your boyfriend’s cat or your girlfriend’s pooch, your husband’s aftershave, or your neighbor’s barbecue, allergies are definitely a drag. And if left untreated, the symptoms can lead to bigger health problems down the road. Sadly, there is no cure for hypersensitivity disorders, as doctors call them. But you can minimize your risk of having allergic ...
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Sneezing. Sniffling. Hives. Rashes. Burning eyes. Runny nose. Sinus headache. Scratchy throat. Asthma attacks.... Whether you’re reacting to pollen or peanuts, your boyfriend’s cat or your girlfriend’s pooch, your husband’s aftershave, or your neighbor’s barbecue, allergies are definitely a drag. And if left untreated, the symptoms can lead to bigger health problems down the road. Sadly, there is no cure for hypersensitivity disorders, as doctors call them. But you can minimize your risk of having allergic reactions and you can live symptom-free. And Allergies and Asthma For Dummies tells you how.

If you suffer from some type of allergic condition and/or asthma, this complete, down-to-earth guide can be your first big step toward feeling better than you’ve felt in years. Drawing on his more than twenty years of professional experience, nationally recognized allergy and asthma expert Dr. William E. Berger fills you in on what you need to know to:

  • Understand allergies and asthma
  • Relieve hay fever symptoms safely
  • Control adult and childhood asthma
  • Deal with allergic skin conditions
  • Cope with food, drug, and insect sting reactions
  • Allergy proof your home

Allergies and Asthma For Dummies is packed with useful information and easy-to-follow action-steps you can put to work immediately. Dr. Berger clears up common myths about allergies and asthma and makes some of the most difficult medical mechanisms understandable for the rest of us. With wit and compassion, he answers all your questions about:

  • How the immune system works and what causes allergies and asthma
  • All known types of allergic conditions and how to recognize them
  • Hay fever, its triggers, prevention and treatments
  • Asthma, what it is, how you get it, and the best ways to manage it
  • Allergic eczema, contact dermatitis, hives, swelling, and other allergic skin conditions
  • Food, drug, and insect sting reactions and how to recognize, prevent, and treat them

With up-to-the-minute advice and guidance on prevention, treatment, and management, Allergies and Asthma For Dummies is just what you need to find relief from what ails you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764552182
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Berger, M.D., one of the nation's preeminent allergists, has lectured internationally and worked as a clinical researcher and television medical health reporter.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Allergy and Asthma Basics.

Chapter 1: Knowing What's Ailing You.

Chapter 2: Understanding Allergy and Asthma.

Chapter 3: Dealing with Doctor Visits.

PART II: Taking Care of Your Nose.

Chapter 4: Hay Fever Highlights.

Chapter 5: Pollens, Molds, and Dust.

Chapter 6: Avoidance and Allergy-Proofing Your Home.

Chapter 7: Relieving Your Rhinitis.

Chapter 8: Allergy Testing and Allergy Shots.

Chapter 9: Avoiding Allergy Complications.

PART III: Asthma: A Disease in Search of Good Management.

Chapter 10: The Basics of Managing Asthma.

Chapter 11: Pulling Asthma Triggers.

Chapter 12: Controlling Asthma with Medications.

Chapter 13: Managing Asthma Long-Term.

Chapter 14: Asthma and Allergies during Childhood.

Chapter 15: Asthma and Allergies during Pregnancy.

PART IV: Allergic Skin Conditions: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep.

Chapter 16: Atopic Dermatitis.

Chapter 17: Contact Dermatitis.

Chapter 18: Hives and Angioedema.

PART V: Food, Drug, and Insect Reactions: A Really Bad Trip.

Chapter 19: Managing Food Reactions.

Chapter 20: Treating Drug Reactions.

Chapter 21: Preventing Insect Sting Reactions.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Traveling with Allergies and Asthma.

Chapter 23: Ten Famous Folks with Asthma.

Appendix: Resources for Additional Information.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    A comprehensive guide

    This is an outstanding, well written book with excellent information for everyone with allergies and asthma. As the parent of a child with both asthma and multiple food allergies, I have read numerous books on these subjects, but none with the information clearly presented in an easy to read and understand format that this book offers. Don't let the 'For Dummies' in the title fool you. This comprehensive book has information for everyone, including those struggling with a new diagnosis and those of us who have experience in the diagnosis & treatments of allergy and asthma.

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