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American Lung Association Family Guide to Asthma and Allergies

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American Lung Association Family Guide to Asthma and Allergies shows you how to manage asthma and allergies and lead an active, healthy life. You'll learn how you and your children can identify and avoid asthma and allergy triggers at home and at school. You'll find out about all your treatment options so that you can make informed decisions about your family's health. In addition, you'll discover how to make your home virtually asthma- and allergy-proof, and get the best care at the lowest cost.

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Overview

American Lung Association Family Guide to Asthma and Allergies shows you how to manage asthma and allergies and lead an active, healthy life. You'll learn how you and your children can identify and avoid asthma and allergy triggers at home and at school. You'll find out about all your treatment options so that you can make informed decisions about your family's health. In addition, you'll discover how to make your home virtually asthma- and allergy-proof, and get the best care at the lowest cost.

"...a state-of-the-art guide to recognizing, understanding, and controlling these two dangerous and frequently interrelated conditions."

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Allergies affect 40 million Americans, while asthma sufferers number 14.6 million, up 61 percent since 1982. The two often interrelated conditions require management to avoid serious complications or, in some cases, death. While both of these books provide data on allergies, only the American Lung Association's Family Guide addresses asthma. This exceedingly practical and easy-to-read self-help book notes how smoking and air pollution exacerbate allergies and asthma, as do dust mites, animal dander, molds, and pollen. It also describes how clearer understanding of causes and effects has led to more effective drugs, steroid inhalers, peak flow meters, and beta agonists. Tips are offered on triggerproofing one's life, distinguishing hay fever and allergic rhinitis from viral infections, recognizing unusual symptoms (such as the increasing allergy to latex), the benefits of exercise, and the family's role. Appendixes include asthma and allergy resources and state associations. Brody, the health reporter for the New York Times, has written a clear, up-to-date guide on understanding allergies and relieving symptoms. From identifying substances that cause and aggravate the problem to understanding antihistamines, decongestants, topical sprays, skin tests, and allergy shots, the author provides a thorough review of the subject. The allergy information and product guide lists organizations and print resources that will help readers obtain further information. Both of these reasonably priced books are recommended, but the first has the advantage of covering two related conditions in one volume.Janet Coggan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
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Especially helpful for those newly diagnosed and for parents with asthmatic and allergic children, this practical book is well designed with lists, questions, tips, and personal stories. It identifies common triggers, explains how to allergy-proof your home, and reviews unconventional testing and treatments. Includes a good resource list. (LJ 6/1/97) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316038157
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Who and Why 3
Ch. 2 What Is Asthma? 7
Ch. 3 The Triggers and Promoters of Asthma and Allergies 20
Ch. 4 Treating Asthma in Adults 33
Ch. 5 Treating Asthma in Children 58
Ch. 6 Trigger-Proofing Your Life 75
Ch. 7 The Link Between Asthma and Allergies 90
Ch. 8 Allergic Rhinitis 100
Ch. 9 Other Allergies 117
Ch. 10 Asthma and Pregnancy 134
Ch. 11 Controversial Theories and Therapies 143
Ch. 12 The Family's Role 151
Ch. 13 What to Tell the Baby-Sitter 160
Ch. 14 What to Tell the School 167
Ch. 15 The Benefits of Exercise 178
Ch. 16 Planning Time Away from Home 189
Ch. 17 The Costs of Asthma and Allergies 200
Directory of Asthma Camps 209
Asthma and Allergy Resources 215
List of References 221
Glossary 223
Index 227
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