Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on Itby Scott H. Sicherer
Posing the questions that anyone with food allergies will think to askand then some Food Allergies provides practical, emotional, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life. Allergy expert Scott H. Sicherer addresses the full spectrum of food allergies, from mild to life threatening, from single foods to food families, clearing/i>
Posing the questions that anyone with food allergies will think to askand then some Food Allergies provides practical, emotional, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life. Allergy expert Scott H. Sicherer addresses the full spectrum of food allergies, from mild to life threatening, from single foods to food families, clearing up misconceptions along the way. He explains how exposure to foods can bring about an allergic response, describes the symptoms of food allergy, and illuminates how food allergies develop. He also recommends tests for diagnosing both food allergies and chronic health problems caused by food allergiessuch as eczema, hives, and respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Food Allergies thoroughly explains how to prevent exposure to a known allergen at home, at school, in restaurants, and elsewhere and what to do if exposure occurs, including how to handle an anaphylactic emergency. Dr. Sicherer also reviews food reactions that are not allergic (such as lactose intolerance), advises how to get adequate nutrition when you must avoid dietary staples, and discusses whether allergies ever go away (they doand then sometimes they return).
Description: In this book, an allergy expert addresses all questions concerning food allergies in a question-and-answer format, much like an interview.
Purpose: It is meant to be a comprehensive guide for those with food allergies, as well as for those caring for someone with food allergies. A book like this is needed, because this is a very confusing and often misunderstood topic.
Audience: This is a great reference for patients, parents, primary care physicians, teachers, and school nurses - anyone who wants trusted answers to their food allergy questions.
Features: The book covers a spectrum of questions about food allergy: specific foods, testing, treatment, and acute problems such as anaphylaxis, chronic problems such as hives and GI issues, prevention, avoidance, and lifestyle changes. I like the question-and-answer format - it mimics a patient speaking to an allergist. It does present the problem of repetition, as some of the same information is found in more than one chapter. However, repetition can also help retaining the information.
Assessment: I recommend this book to anyone who has or treats someone with food allergies. The information is reliable and helpful, from an expert on the topic. The book is easy to read, covers the full range of topics, and ends with helpful resources (websites, handouts, support groups). This is a good read for all interested in this topic.
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Meet the Author
Scott Sicherer, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He is also a researcher in the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai. He is author of Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies, also published by Johns Hopkins. To learn more about the author's research and clinical work, visit Mount Sinai Jaffe Food Allergy Institute on Facebook.
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