Allergies, from peanuts to pollen, affect about 50 million Americans. Having one or multiple allergies can affect where you live, what you eat, and with whom you spend your time -- and there is no easy cure.
But staying informed can help. Information and support from healthcare professionals, academic institutions, and advocacy organizations can guide you as you manage your allergy symptoms. Here are links to some online resources.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health, is a government organization that conducts medical research to understand causes, treatments and ways to prevent infectious and allergic diseases. The NIH is a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
American Lung Association: The American Lung Association is a national organization that provides medical professionals with information on the most recent studies about allergies as well as a family guide to living with allergies.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers educational resources and research on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of seven different categories of allergies, including indoor, outdoor, skin and insect allergies.
Kids with Food Allergies: Kids with Food Allergies is a national organization that supports families raising children with food allergies. The site features recipes, parent-to-parent support, health tips, and the latest information on food allergy recall alerts.
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network is a national organization that raises awareness of food allergy issues and fosters a support network for adults, teens and children through nationwide educational events.