Allergy Made Simple: For Those Who Are Allergic and for Those Who Might Become So / Edition 2

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Reviewer: Andrea D. Posey, RN, BSN, MSN (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Description: This is an easy to use reference on allergies. The topics covered range from information about allergens to diagnostic tests for allergy sufferers. This is the 2nd edition of the English version (the first in 1996) and a 5th edition of the German version.
Purpose: The intent is to provide nonmedical people with information about allergies in a humorous, enjoyable format. The book meets these objectives through the use of appropriate language and many illustrations.
Audience: The language is appropriate for an average reader. The author, who is an allergy scientist, is a credible expert in the area of allergy research.
Features: The publication discusses a broad range of issues related to allergies including different types of allergies, the pathophysiology of allergies, and diagnostic testing. The book uses many illustrations, both pedagogic and humorous, to educate the intended audience. Appendixes include common allergen tables and a pollen calendar.
Assessment: For the non-medical person, this is a handy, easy to read, resource. It touches on many topics that are common to allergy sufferers and provides basic information to the reader. The humorous approach makes this book enjoyable to read.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889372542
  • Publisher: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128

Table of Contents

Things you should know 1
Where does the word "allergy" come from and what does it actually mean? 8
Are allergies an illness of our times? 8
Can allergies indirectly cause death in non-allergic people? 9
When were allergies first described? 9
What is pollen? 10
How much pollen is contained in an ear of rye or a hazelnut tree? 13
Can the allergens in pollen be found everywhere? 13
How to be informed if you're allergic to pollen 14
What is a pollen trap? 14
What can the allergic driver do? 14
What further help is available? 15
What makes your day if you're allergic to pollen and ruins it if you're in the business of manufacturing allergen extracts? 16
Airborne pollen: The country versus the city 16
Why do people who are allergic to tree pollen suffer in January and May? 17
Pollen and the environment 17
Pollen allergies and your date of birth 18
House dust mites and other perennial allergens 18
House dust mites and rock 'n' roll 21
Am I allergic? 22
What other perennial allergens are there? 30
What can you do if you're allergic to house dust mites? 31
What can you do if you're allergic to cat and dog hair? 35
Allergies in the classroom 37
Allergies and insects 37
What are allergens? 39
What happens when an allergen enters your body? 40
How do you tell whether a substance can cause allergies? 40
What medical conditions are caused by allergies? 42
Neurodermatitis 42
Job-related asthma 43
Baker's asthma 46
Allergies and hobbies 46
Allergies and fashion 47
Allergic reactions to medication 47
Allergic reactions to insect poison 48
I'm even allergic to the sun 50
Animal allergens 52
Plants and your apartment 53
Who can be affected by allergies? 54
Why do more and more people suffer from allergies? The latest theories 56
Newer theories - the city/country phenomenon 57
Does having siblings decrease the risk of allergies? Another theory 59
Allergies and cancer - and something else of interest 60
Songs against allergies? 60
What do condoms and bananas have in common? (cross-reactivity) 64
Allergy to food substances 69
Why can't I eat eggs? 69
Allergic to alcohol? 72
Hidden allergens 74
A Newly discovered hidden allergen 75
Genetically engineered foods - a danger for atopic persons? 76
Pro and contra genetic engineering 76
Allergies and perfume 77
Exotic allergens 77
Allergens in the home - good luck, Sherlock! 78
Can animals also have allergies? 79
Choosing a doctor 82
Allergen extracts 82
What do all the numbers mean? 83
Storage 83
What are diagnostic and therapeutic extracts? 84
The skin prick test 84
The rub test 85
The scratch test 86
The intracutaneous test 86
Limits to skin testing 86
What other tests can determine allergies? The provocation test 86
In vitro methods 88
Avoiding allergens 92
Hyposensitization - desensitization 93
Desensitization - what must you look out for? 95
Non-causal therapy 96
Postscript 1 96
Postscript 2 97
Postscript 4 98
Postscript 5 98
Tips for allergy sufferers 99
Preventive measures for the bedroom if you suffer from house dust mite allergy 99
How to reduce the risk of insect bites 100
Hyposensitization: Hints for allergy patients 101
Cross-reactive allergens 102
The allergenicity of fruits and vegetables 104
Biogenic amines 106
Immunoglobulins 107
Index 108
App Pollen calendars for realists 110
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