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Do you have questions about allergy testing, allergy shots, or how to avoid the things that trigger your allergies? Do you wonder what medicine is available?

The following step-by-step guide will help you take control and reduce your allergy symptoms!


I. Let's Get Started

Step 1: What is an allergy?
Step 2: The role of the immune system
Step 3: What substances cause allergies?
Step 4: Allergy-related conditions


II. Testing and Screening

Step 5: Should you see an allergist?
Step 6: Allergy testing and diagnosis


III. Treating and Managing Allergies

Step 7: Introduction to allergy treatment
Step 8: Avoid allergy triggers
Step 9: Types of allergy medication
Step 10: Over-the-counter versus prescription drugs
Step 11: Immunotherapy
Step 12: You and your doctor are a team

questionLearn More

Allergy fast facts

Does alternative medicine work for allergies?

Improve your indoor air quality

Is it a cold, flu, allergic rhinitis, or sinusitis?

Matching your symptoms to a condition

Over-the-counter drugs

Read the product labels

Related Conditions


Anaphylaxis
Allergic rhinitis
Asthma
Conjunctivitis
Contact dermatitis
Ear infections (otitis media)
Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
Hives
Sinusitis

Allergens and Irritants


Animal dander
Cigarette smoke
Dust mite
Food
Insect stings
Latex
Medications
Mold
Ozone
Poison ivy
Pollen

questionHelpful Handouts

Questions to ask your doctor

Review Date: 6/29/2011

Reviewed By: Paula J. Busse, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.



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