Allergy Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

Teen Health Series

Allergy Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

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For some people, allergy symptoms are merely an annoyance. While others endure persistent, more severe symptoms that can disrupt education and relationships, hamper the adoption of healthy lifestyle choices, and hinder overall well- being. Chronic symptoms can lead to additional health concerns, such as the development of asthma. In some people with severe allergies, the consequences can even be deadly.

Allergy Information for Teens, Third Edition provides updated information about a wide variety of allergic reactions, including common symptoms, diagnostic tools, and prevention strategies. It recounts what is currently known about the causes of allergies and the role the immune system plays in their development. It presents facts about rhinitis, sinusitis, dermatitis, urticaria (hives), anaphylaxis, and other types of symptoms produced by encounters with allergens. It also looks at the substances responsible for triggering these types of symptoms, including specific foods, animals, pollens, and chemicals. A special section on managing allergies in daily life outlines ways to avoid allergy triggers, handle medication at school, and cope with other challenges. The book concludes with resource directories for learning more about allergies and finding recipes to aid in the management of food allergies.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part One: Allergy Overview explains the biological processes that lead to the development of allergies and how allergy symptoms are detected and differentiated from symptoms due to other causes. It also provides facts about some of the most commonly used allergy treatments and the use of epinephrine injections for life-threatening allergic reactions.

Part Two: Allergy Symptoms And Complications provides details about the various ways allergic reactions can be identified and how they impact health. It discusses signs that may indicate breathing is being affected, and it explains how allergies can lead to the development of chronic respiratory illnesses. Other allergic symptoms, including those that affect the eyes and skin, are also discussed, and the part concludes with a chapter on anaphylaxis—a systemic allergic reaction that can result in death if not treated promptly.

Part Three: Food Allergies And Intolerances describes the differences between allergies and other adverse biological reactions to ingested substances. Individual chapters address the foods that are most commonly involved in allergic reactions, including nuts, grains, milk, chocolate, eggs, and seafood. The most common intolerances and sensitivities—those to lactose, gluten, histamine, and sulfites—are also addressed.

Part Four: Other Common Allergy Triggers discusses some of the most frequently encountered substances in the indoor and outdoor environments that elicit allergic responses. These include allergies to pollens, pet dander, mold, and medications. Allergies to specific chemicals, including latex, nickel, and those that are frequently used in cosmetics, toiletries, clothing, and household products are also explained.

Part Five: Managing Allergies In Daily Life provides tips for people with allergies about minimizing the exacerbation of symptoms and maintaining an optimal quality of life. It discusses the rights of students to carry allergy-related medications in schools, offers suggestions for the safe use of cosmetics and skin care products, and provides additional suggestions for people with food allergies.

Part Six: If You Need More Information includes a directory of organizations able to provide further information about allergies and a list of online and print resources for allergen-free recipes.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts