Valuable Resources For Allergy Sufferers

When you’re sneezing, itching, or experiencing more severe symptoms, you may wonder if it’s allergies or something else. Allergy season affects many of us, but for some people, allergies can be more severe and more frequent than just seasonal hay fever. They can be caused by a number of different allergens that our immune systems react to.

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you sort through potential allergies and allergens that may be interfering with your health and make decisions about treatment after diagnosis. Search our general allergy sites, or go straight to links that address the condition you’re suffering from to get the answers you need.

General Resources Pollen Dust Mites Mold Spores Pet Dander Food Allergies Insect Stings Medications Other Allergies

General Resources

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology offers the latest in research and treatment options for allergies and asthma, as well as other informative resources about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Many resources are available to non-members. Fee-based membership is available, but is primarily for those researching and practicing in these fields.
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology is another professional organization offering a wealth of resources for asthma and allergy sufferers. Membership is primarily for professionals in these fields, and lots of resources for patients of all ages are provided free of charge.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Protection for Allergy Sufferers provides valuable information for allergy and asthma sufferers about protections afforded them by the ADA. From making sure your workplace is kept clean and free of environmental allergens, to making sure your son/daughter with potential for severe allergic reactions is allowed the same opportunities for learning and field trips as other students, get your questions answered here.
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a site designed to answer your questions about allergies. Learn about living with asthma and allergies at every age, and providing support to those around you who suffer from one or both of these conditions.
  • Exercising with Allergies and Asthma will give you all the information you need about exercising safely. Learn about the best ways to prevent symptoms during exercise and the safest forms of exercise for allergy sufferers, as well as special precautions to take into consideration while exercising.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Allergies answers some of the most common questions allergy sufferers have. Specific sections on pollen and mold are included.
  • Find an Allergist/Immunologist is a feature that lets users look up allergists and immunologists by location and specialty. Leaders or doctors recognized in their field are denoted in search results.
  • Is it a Cold or an Allergy? will help you clarify whether your symptoms are the result of a cold or an airborne allergy. This easy to read chart is available in English and Spanish and would be great for the workplace or a classroom.
  • Kids Health: Learning about Allergies helps kids better understand the allergies they, or those they know, are suffering from. Kid-friendly readings about common allergies and symptoms are available on this site, as well as explanations about why our bodies react in certain ways when they are exposed to allergens.
  • Living the Good Life – Even with Allergies offers the most up to date resources on how to prevent allergies from getting in the way of living and enjoying life. Learn about the most recent medical breakthroughs, easy household habits to change or adopt, and other ways to limit the impact of allergies on your life.
  • The Mayo Clinic Allergies page is a great site for those who are curious about general allergy symptoms and finding out more about what plagues them. Symptoms, causes, risk factors, solutions, and preparing for an appointment with your doctor are all covered in this section on allergies.
  • Tips to Remember – Allergy Testing is an informative site for those wanting more information about safe and effective allergy tests. This site covers the benefits of testing, the types of tests out there, and the potential risks and unsafe or unreliable testing options that potential allergy sufferers need to be cautious of.
  • Virtual Allergist lets allergy sufferers start with what they know “ their symptoms. Click on parts of the body, identify specific symptoms you’re experiencing, and discover which types of allergies and allergens are the most common causes of the symptoms you have.
  • Web MD – Allergies Guide is a comprehensive resource for those suffering from (or those who think they might be suffering from) allergies. With general resources for preventing, diagnosing, and treating allergy symptoms, to resources for addressing concerns about specific types of allergies, this is a good place to start informing yourself about allergies and your health.

Pollen

  • Healthier Princeton – Seasonal Allergies is a brief but useful overview of how to treat and avoid outdoor allergens. Specific tips for avoiding tree and grass pollens, as well as outdoor molds, are provided in this document.
  • Itching for Allergy Relief? is an FDA site for seasonal allergy sufferers who may or may not need professional treatment. Learn the basics of pollen allergies and medications, as well as how to most effectively prevent and treat symptoms.
  • National Allergy Bureau Pollen Levels gives users access to the latest data about pollen and spore counts by location. Whether you’re planning a day out or a vacation to an unfamiliar location, let this site help prepare you for potential hay fever and allergic reactions.
  • Naturopathic Solutions to Seasonal Allergies is a summary of natural methods for treating and preventing pollen allergy symptoms, presented by the National College of Natural Medicine. If you’re irritated by seasonal allergies, but not yet ready to try more traditional treatments for your symptoms, this may be a good place to start.
  • Pollen Allergy provides information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help you treat your pollen allergy symptoms and better understand how and why they are occurring. This site will help you get a grasp on what types of plants are probably causing your allergies, and how to prevent or minimize your reactions.

Dust Mites

  • Dust Mites: Everything You Might Not Want to Know is a great site for learning more about one of the most common allergens out there, and how to detect and control their presence in your living environment. Allergy symptoms and common household conditions and habits that may promote dust mites in your home are also addressed here.
  • Mayo Clinic Brief – Dust Mite Allergy provides an excellent overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of a dust mite allergy as well as tips about when to see a doctor and how to prepare for the appointment. These materials are presented in a user-friendly, printer-friendly, and easy to understand format, and would be really useful for those who suspect they might have an allergy to dust mites.
  • Medline Plus – Allergies to Dust mites is an interactive tutorial about dust mite allergies. Learn about symptoms, treatments, and preventative measures through the PDF file, or click on the interactive option to learn the same information while also having an opportunity to ask your questions about dust mite allergies.
  • Reference Summary – Allergies to Dust Mites is a document prepared by the National Institute of Health that focuses primarily on what dust mite allergy sufferers can do to limit the prevalence of dust mites in their homes. Information about allergies and symptom treatment are provided, but prevention through controlling dust mites is the focus of this site.

Mold Spores

  • 10 Ways to Reduce Your Mold Allergy Symptoms focuses on what you can do to remove and prevent mold allergens in your home to help relieve you allergy symptoms. Information on typical symptoms and diagnosis are also provided for those who suspect they may have a mold allergy.
  • Mold Allergy offers the basics in symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of allergies to mold and other fungi. Lots of tips on how to prevent and reduce the buildup of mold in your household are provided.
  • Mold Allergy: Facts and Treatment offers thorough explanations of how to eliminate and prevent mold growth in your home, as well as traditional and alternative treatments for patients to reduce their sensitivity to the mold allergens around them. Recommended dietary modifications are included on this site.
  • Types of Mold delves into the types of molds that may be causing your allergic reactions, and the differences between truly toxic molds and molds that simply act as allergens for some people. The link at the bottom of the article will take you to more information about which of these types of mold can affect your allergies.

Pet Dander

  • Allergies to Animals is a brief overview of animal allergies and how to recognize and prevent reactions. This publication is probably most useful for those who know that they suffer from pet allergies, as well as those who might be preparing to host or work with an allergy sufferer.
  • Learning to Live with Pet Allergies and Pets is a website dedicated to helping people with pet allergies determine whether or not it is reasonable to live with a pet, and how to do it in a way that reduces allergy symptoms. Not all people with allergies are able to live with pets, but the tips here can help those with milder forms of pet allergies make decisions about the best pet for them, and educate allergy sufferers on how to keep a pet in their home and reduce their allergy symptoms.
  • Mayo Clinic Brief – Pet Allergy provides an excellent overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pet allergies, as well as tips about when to see a doctor and how to prepare for the appointment. These materials are presented in a user-friendly, printer-friendly, and easy to understand format, and would be really useful for those who suspect they might have an allergy to pets.
  • Pet Allergies: Myths and Facts is a site dedicated to dispelling some of the myths around pet allergies. Find out the real story behind non-allergenic pet breeds and treatments for dander, as well as what you can do if you really want a pet in the home despite your allergies.

Food Allergies

  • American Red Cross: Anaphylaxis offers what you need to know about the symptoms and treatment for anaphylactic shock that those with severe food allergies may experience. The basics of Epi-pen use, as well as options for local courses on Epi-pens are provided.
  • Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network is a comprehensive stop for those with questions or concerns about food allergies. Whether you’re already suffering from a food allergy, trying to manage the allergies of someone in your care, or have questions about how to prevent the onset of food allergies, this is a great resource to help you get the answers you need.
  • Food Allergy Articles will keep you up to date on the most recent findings in the field of food allergies and food intolerances. Use this site to stay current on how to treat food allergy symptoms, as well as research about preventing food allergies from developing in children and adults.
  • Food Allergy vs. Intolerance clearly outlines the differences in symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and treatments for food allergies and food intolerances. This is a good place to start for those with questions about their reactions to foods, or how to prepare foods for their allergic or intolerant friends and relatives.
  • The Food Allergy Site – Just for Kids can help adults explain food allergies to their children or students, and help kids learn about their own allergies, or allergies their peers may have. This site is a great resource to not only help explain food allergies, but to help kids with allergies feel like they are special and part of a community.

Insect Stings

  • Allergies to Insect Stings can help you determine whether what you’re experiencing after being stung is a normal reaction, or a mild or moderate allergic reaction, and to decide if more serious medical attention is needed. While bee and wasp stings hurt for almost all of us, this site will help you determine whether your symptoms could be indicative of a more severe reaction than normal.
  • American Red Cross: Anaphylaxis offers what you need to know about on the symptoms and treatment for anaphylactic shock that those with severe insect sting allergies may experience. The basics of Epi-pen use, as well as options for local courses on Epi-pens are provided.
  • Insect Venom Allergy Overview provides a clear overview of the symptoms and treatments for mild to severe insect sting allergies. A brief description of what causes these allergies and which insects to look out for is also provided.
  • Stinging Insect Allergies offers straight forward answers to your most commonly asked questions about allergies to insect stings. A great site for those concerned about developing an allergy, those who already have insect sting allergies, or those who are working or living in close proximity with people at risk for these potentially severe allergic reactions.

Medications

  • Drug Allergy vs. Intolerance offers information on ways to distinguish drug intolerance from more serious drug allergies. While both are important to inform your doctor about, being clear about how severe your reaction to a medication is will help your health care providers serve you better.
  • Mayo Clinic Brief – Drug Allergy provides an excellent overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of drug allergies, as well as tips about when to see a doctor and how to prepare for the appointment. These materials are presented in a user-friendly, printer-friendly, and easy to understand format.
  • Medication and Drug Allergy answers your frequently asked questions about drug allergies and intolerances. A list of common drugs which often provoke allergic reactions is provided.
  • Penicillin and other Antibiotic Allergies is dedicated to answering your questions about allergies to Penicillin and other common antibiotics. Issues of over diagnosis and the importance of consulting a medical professional if you are concerned about antibiotic allergies are also covered.

Other Allergies

  • Allergic Skin Conditions provides information for sufferers of rashes and other skin conditions that may be caused by an allergic reaction. A great site for those who have unexplained skin symptoms and are wondering about possible allergic reactions.
  • Cockroach Allergy will help inform you about the risks and symptoms of cockroach allergies. This site also has information about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Cosmetics and Allergies has the basics about symptoms and types of cosmetic allergies, as well as treatments and alternative products for sufferers. Information about reading cosmetic labels and safely storing and applying cosmetics is included.
  • Mayo Clinic Brief – Latex Allergy covers the basic causes, symptoms, and treatment of a latex allergy, and provides information about when to see a doctor and how to prepare for the appointment. These materials are presented in a user-friendly, printer-friendly, and easy to understand format.
  • Mayo Clinic Brief – Nickel Allergy provides an excellent overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of a nickel allergy. Advice about when to see a doctor and how to prepare for the appointment is also included.
  • Semen Allergy covers symptoms and causes of semen allergies. Information about treatment, diagnosis, home diagnosis kits, and issues related to pregnancy are provided here as well.
  • Sun Allergy Basics takes you through an overview of the symptoms and treatments for sun allergy (photosensitivity). The different manifestations and types of sun allergies are covered, as well as what to expect if you have a sun allergy, the best forms of treatment, and when to see a doctor.