Support & Resources

If it’s time to deal with your allergies, we can help make it happen. Use these lists of allergy specialists, support groups, organizations, and online resources.

Finding Help

Finding help for your allergies is easy with these links.

Resources

This list offers contact information for many allergy-related resources.

This list of books will help you gain insights and survival tips for allergies.

Here’s a nonprofit organization that provides a hotline and other support for allergy sufferers. This link will take you to the web site.

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Living & Managing

If something irritates you, avoid it. That’s the motto that allergy sufferers must adopt. By tuning into your allergy triggers, you can rein in your reactions.

Living and Coping

This article points you to home remedies for many types of allergies. Get started here.

With a little detective work, you can determine which foods trigger your allergy symptoms.

Don’t let fall allergies spoil your fun. Here are survival tips.

Type your ZIP code into this national map. You’ll get the day’s air quality in your area.

With newer, better non-sedating drugs, there’s no need for hay fever to slow you down.

Stuffed animals, stormy winds, and other people’s pets can cause your allergy attacks.

Treatment & Care

There are lots of allergy treatment options. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can ease annoying symptoms. Allergy shots also help.

Treatment

Learn all about the different over-the-counter and prescription medicines that can help ease annoying symptoms.

Mother Nature may be able to provide natural allergy relief. Find out what may help – and what may cause harm.

When medicine is needed to stem allergy symptoms, antihistamines are often first in line. Find out how they can help and learn about possible side effects.

Learn how decongestants work – and who should not use them.

Atrovent nasal spray can help with certain allergy symptoms. Find out if it’s right for you.

Steroid nasal sprays are one of the strongest allergy medications. Find out how they work and how to use them.

Find out when allergy eye drops can help and who should not use them.

These medications are fairly new to the allergy world. Find out if they’re right for you.

This type of medication can help but it’s all in the timing. Find out how to use it for best results.

For some people, allergy shots can mean the end to allergy medication. Find out all you need to know.

Advanced Reading: This article, written for doctors, provides in-depth information on skin allergy treatments.

Get the basics on hay fever treatment.

Advanced Reading: This article, written for doctors, provides in-depth information on food allergy treatments.

Advanced Reading: For in-depth information on latex allergies, read this article written for doctors.

Care

These tips will help you reduce exposure to allergens – at home, work, in the car, outdoors.

Should I Take Allergy Shots?

These discussion points will help you decide if you’re ready for allergy shots.

If your child has severe allergies, an EpiPen could save his/her life. Learn what you need to know.

If you’ve had a severe allergic reaction in the past, you need to carry an EpiPen. Learn how to use it. It could save your life.

Diagnosis & Tests

To pinpoint the allergy problem — and determine the treatment – your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and habits. You’ll also need various tests.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing allergies starts with a doctor’s exam. Learn which questions your doctor may ask so you can be prepared.

Proper testing can make it much easier to live with a food allergy. See a list of the most common food allergies and learn how testing can make your life easier.

If you have a food allergy, you may need to keep a food diary – and remove certain foods from your diet – to determine exactly what you’re allergic to.

Tests

An allergy skin test is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy reactions. Learn more about allergy skin tests, including what happens during the test.

See how blood tests are used to diagnose allergies and learn what can interfere with the test.

Symptoms & Types

Sneezing, difficulty breathing, cramps, and vomiting–all are allergy symptoms. Learn the types of allergies, specific allergy symptoms, and emergency warning signs.

Symptoms

Learn the difference between mild and severe allergy symptoms.

The reaction will depend on the body part involved and the severity of the reaction. Here’s what to look for.

Types

Alllergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an allergic response to pollen or other microscopic substances.

Find out what causes hives and how to treat them.

Many people think poison ivy is contagious. Find out if that’s true and the best way to prevent poison ivy and other plant allergies.

A normal reaction to a bee sting is different from a bee sting allergy. Do you know the difference?

An allergy specialist shares her tips on dealing with pet allergies. And she should know. She has a cat, a dog, and many family members who have dog and cat allergies.

Learn about latex allergy symptoms and what to do in case of a severe reaction.

Mold is present in most indoor and outdoor spaces, and in many foods. Find out more about mold allergy symptoms and common food sources of mold.

Are you allergic to certain cosmetics or makeup?

How do you tell the difference between a normal side effect a drug allergy? Find out here.

This itchy skin rash, common in children and infants, affects some people all their lives.

How can you tell the difference between pink eye and eye allergies? Get started here.

Do you get a reaction when you eat nuts, shellfish, or other foods? Learn what’s causing those food allergy symptoms.

Many unsuspecting products contain milk or milk products. Check our list.

If you have an egg allergy, check this food list for potential problems.

A nut allergy can become very serious, even fatal, rapidly. This food list will help you identify potential problems.

Some unexpected foods contain fish. If you’ve got a fish allergy, these tips will help keep you safe.

For most people with shellfish allergies, all shellfish must be avoided. Check out this list to learn which foods to avoid.

This allergy is most common among infants. By age two, the majority of children outgrow it. Find out more about the symptoms and how to avoid soy products.

Learn more about photosensitivity – an allergic response to sunlight.

Knowing which ingredients to look for is key to avoiding a wheat allergy. Check this list for unsuspected products that contain wheat.

How to recognize and treat salicylate allergy, or aspirin allergy.

About 1% of people have a sulfite allergy. This article has a list of foods that may contain sulfites.

Learn more about what triggers allergies in the fall season.

Warning Signs

A severe allergic reaction can be life-threatening. Learn more about the reaction called anaphylaxis so you can be prepared.

Complications

Allergies are a main trigger for asthma attacks. See what an asthma attack looks like in the lungs and learn the early warning signs.

How can you tell if your child’s allergies are causing asthma? Find out how to spot the symptoms and learn how asthma is treated in children.

Hay fever allergies can cause sinus blockage and infection. Learn how to spot sinus infection symptoms and how to treat the problem.

How bad are your allergy problems? Find out with WebMD’s Allergy and Sinus Health Check.

Overview & Facts

Spring goes into full bloom, yet you’re in real misery. Others fight battles with certain foods, chemicals, or airborne particles. What causes these reactions?

What Are Allergies?

This article explains the basics of an allergic reaction. Learn what happens when your immune system goes on high alert.

Causes

Almost anything can trigger an allergy. Read this in-depth article.

The air you breathe, whatever touches your skin, anything you put in your mouth – it’s all got potential for causing an allergy.

Are You at Risk?

The Allergy & Sinus Symptom Evaluator will assess your symptoms, treatments, and medical history.

You can blame heredity, but it’s not that simple. Read on to learn more.

Giving nuts to very young children can cause a potentially life-threatening allergy. Find out why.

Contrary to popular belief, many kids don’t outgrow bee sting allergies. Find out what can help.

Prevention

Take steps to identify and avoid your allergy triggers and find out how to prevent a serious reaction. Click here.

What Causes Fall Allergies

Male plants release tiny cells called pollen into the air in order to reproduce. When these pollen or other allergy triggers get into the noses of certain people, their immune system mistakenly sees them as foreign invaders and releases antibodies — substances that normally identify and go after bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms of allergies.

During the fall season, ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger. Though the yellow-flowering weed typically begins pollinating in August, it can linger well into the fall months. About three-quarters of people who are allergic to spring pollen-producing plants are also allergic to ragweed. Ragweed pollen can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind, so even if it doesn’t grow where you live, it can still make you miserable if you’re allergic to it.

Mold is another culprit, because its spores can easily get airborne. Mold thrives in damp areas, both indoors and outdoors. The piles of damp leaves that line yards and streets in the fall are breeding grounds for mold, as are damp basements and bathrooms at home.

Dust mites — microscopic, spider-like insects — are yet another common indoor allergen. They are most prevalent during the humid summer months, but can get stirred into the air the first time you turn on your furnace in the fall. From the air, dust mites can make their way into your nose, triggering sneezes, wheezes, and runny noses.