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Allergies: Explained

What is an allergy?

It's what happens when your immune system reacts to something that's usually harmless.  Those triggers, which doctors call "allergens," can include animal dander, certain foods, or things that irritate your skin.  Read more...

In the News

CBS News
An end to food allergies?

CNN Health
Climate change is making allergy season worse.

Medical News Today: Allergy News
Are allergies linked to anxiety and depression?

NBC News
Allergy prevention: The fascinating method parents are turning to.

New York Times 
How to minimize allergies in your home


Support Groups

Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

This non-profit provides practical ideas and solutions to the myriad issues faced by people with allergies and asthma.

American Asthma Foundation

This organization is the largest non-governmental funder of asthma research.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

By utilizing advocacy, education, research in a patient structured environment, this foundation improves the lives of those afflicted with these diseases. Allergies
A combination guide to allergies for parents, kids and teens.

Consult Experts in the Field

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

This 7,000 member organization focuses on patient care through research and treatment of allergy, asthma and immunology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

This professional group aims for the best patient outcomes through education, advocacy and patient care.

Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mt. Sinai

This hospital based institute's specialty is the advancement of knowledge and treatment of food allergies.

Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center

This institution combines research and clinical practice for the best patient outcomes.


Government Specialists

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The leading American public health institute that analyzes, categorizes and describes diseases and their effects on the population.

Food and Drug Administration

This agency protects and promotes public health by overseeing human and animal drug trials as well as ensuring the safety of the food supply.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

This government entity aims to expand knowledge and create new solutions for prevention and treatment of these medical conditions.