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Frequently Asked Questions about Children Allergies and Asthma

This FAQ is intended to answer frequently asked questions on allergies and asthma in the misc.kids newsgroup. Though the comments are geared towards parents of children, there is plenty of information for adults as well.

The information in this FAQ is the collected "net wisdom" of a number of folk. It is not intended to replace medical advice. None of the contributors are medical professionals. Most of us either have allergies/asthma or have relatives/children with asthma/allergies, so this collection represents the experiences and prejudices of individuals. This is not a substitute for consulting your physician.

To contribute to this collection, please send e-mail to the address given below, and ask me to add your comments to the FAQ file on Allergies and Asthma. Please try to be as concise as possible, as these FAQ files tend to be quite long as it is. And, unless otherwise requested, your name and e-mail address will remain in the file, so that interested readers may follow-up directly for more information/discussion.

This FAQ is posted regularly to news.answers and misc.kids.info. For a list of other misc.kids FAQ topics, look for the FAQ File Index posted to misc.kids.info or tune in to misc.kids.

Collection maintained by: Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu) This page last modified: April 8, 1997

Copyright 1996-7, Eileen Kupstas Soo. Use and copying of this information are permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright notice is included intact.

-0.0 Disclaimer
The information in this FAQ is the collected net wisdom of a ...
-1.1 What to look for - food allergies
-1.2 Inhalants
The most common inhaled allergen is dust! More precisely, dust ...
-1.3 Asthma
On asthma: Not all people with asthma have allergies....
-1.4 Rashes, hives, and eczema
Allergies can show themselves through various skin reactions. ...
-1.5 Insect stings
Various insects can cause allergic reactions. Wasps, honey bees,...
-1.6 Children vs. adults -- differences
Allergies can show themselves in a number of ways -- runny noses, ...
-1.7 Views of allergies
There are a number of views about allergies. Most doctors ...
-2.1 Allergy treatment: Doctors: see an allergist!
For both asthma and allergies, a doctor in general practice may ...
-2.2 Allergy Tests
Blood tests can be done to look for elevated white blood cell counts,...
-2.3 Allergy Medications
OTC antihistamines - most are sedating but may overexcite kids or ...
-2.4 Allergy Desensitization (injections)
One treatment for inhalant allergies is desensitization. ...
-2.5 Allergy Avoidance and environmental changes
For most allergies and asthma, the best treatment is to ...
-2.5.1 Allergy Avoidance and environmental changes
From: Susan Fiedler (susan@infopro.netcom.com)...
-3.1 Food Allergies Overview
Allergies are an immune system reaction to substances that don'...
-3.2 Adverse Reactions to Milk
When the term allergy was coined, it referred to a broad category ...
-3.2.1 Adverse Reactions to Milk: Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, found in ...
-3.2.2 Adverse Reactions to Milk: Milk Allergy
Milk allergy, on the other hand, involves an allergic reaction to ...
-3.2.3 Adverse Reactions to Milk: Nutritional Implications Of A Dairy-Free Diet
That enough? No? The primary source of calcium for most Americans ...
-3.2.4 Adverse Reactions to Milk: Where To Find Help
If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk and ...
-3.3 Gluten (wheat) and grain allergies
Allergies to grain products can be hard to pin down. ...
-3.4 Allergy Cookbooks
-3.5 Unknown food allergies
Some food allergies are very hard to pin down. ...
-3.6 Anaphylactic Reactions -- when to call 911 immediately
Anaphylactic reactions are general, dramatic reactions that ...
-4.1 Insect Sting Allergies: How common are insect allergies?
Contributor: tob@raider.raider.net (Tom O. Barron)...
-4.2 Insect Sting Allergies: What causes insect allergies?
Essentially the same thing that causes all allergies -- the ...
-4.3 Insect Sting Allergies: What insect stings or bites can cause allergic reactions?
Wasps, honey bees, hornets, yellow jackets and ants are the ...
-4.4 Insect Sting Allergies: Who is most likely to have insect allergies?
According to the Committee on Insect Allergy of the American ...
-4.5 Insect Sting Allergies: What are the symptoms of allergic reactions to insect stings?
In general there are three kinds of reactions to insect stings. ...
-4.6 Insect Sting Allergies: How can I find out if I'm allergic to insects?
It's probably not worthwhile to be tested for insect allergy ...
-4.7 Insect Sting Allergies: So if I'm allergic, do I have to spend the rest of my life inside?
No, but being aware of the risks and dangers associated with ...
-4.8 Insect Sting Allergies: If I get stung, what should I do?
If you don't know whether you're allergic, remove any insect ...
-4.9 Insect Sting Allergies: If I'm allergic and I get stung, how soon should I get medical help?
Immediately. The speed of your reaction depends on your body, ...
-4.10 Insect Sting Allergies: Where can I get a Medic Alert medallion or bracelet?
You can order from Medic Alert Foundation, Box 1009, Turlock CA 95380....
-4.11 Insect Sting Allergies: Will a "bee sting" kit work if I'm allergic to wasps (hornets, yellowjackets, etc.)?
Yes. Epenephrine or adrenaline is usually effective at suppressing ...
-4.12 Insect Sting Allergies: Can an insect allergy be eliminated with desensitization therapy?
Venom therapy involves building up a tolerance to identified ...
-5.0 Inhalant allergies (hayfever)
Contributor: aiko@epoch.com (Aiko Pinkoski)...
-5.1 Introduction
Hayfever is caused by allergy to pollens from trees, grasses, ...
-5.2 Dust Mite/ Mold Allergies
Contributor: Pete TerMaat( pete@cray.com)...
-6.0 Contact allergies (contact dermatitis) and Chemical Sensitivities
The symptoms of contact allergies and chemical sensitivities ...
-7.1 Asthma Overview
On asthma: Not all people with asthma have allergies....
-7.2 Asthma Treatments:
This was written with a view towards children, but also ...
-8.1 Specific advice on allergies and asthma in children: Overview
Allergies can show themselves in a number of ways -- runny noses,...
-8.2 Specific advice on allergies and asthma in children: Experiences
From Andrea Kwiatkowski:...
-8.3 References on breastfeeding and baby allergies
Contributor: Paula Burch (pburch@bcm.tmc.edu)...
-9.0 Allergies in relation to ADD and Autism
Contributor: Don Wiss (donwiss@panix.com) ...
-10.0 Personal stories
From: aiko@epoch.com (Aiko Pinkoski)...
-11.1 Baking Powder Biscuits #2
[adapted from ...
-11.2 Bette Hagman's Gluten Free Bread
From: Kate ...
-11.3 Blueberry Muffins
[adapted from ...
-11.4 Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
-11.5 Chick Pea Flour Pancakes ("Crepes")
[adapted from _Madhur Jaffrey's Vegetarian World of the East_ by Madhur ...
-11.6 Cornbread
contributed by Meg Fortino ...
-11.7 Golden Cake
contributed by JoAnne McCleeary ...
-11.8 Hot Fudge Cake
contributed by JoAnne McCleeary ...
-11.9 Pumpkin Bread
[adapted from ...
-11.10 Rice Flour Pancakes 1
from Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu)...
-11.12 Rice Flour Pancakes 2
contributed by JoAnn McCleeary ...
-11.13 Rice/Potato Donuts
contributed by JoAnn McCleeary ...
-11.14 Terrific Belgian Waffles
[adapted from ...
-11.15 Chestnut Torte
from Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu)...
-11.16 Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
[adapted from ...
-11.17 Chocolate Torte -- Suggestions from other sources
-11.18 Glazed Fruit Pie
[from
-11.19 Melt-in-your-Mouth Shortbread
[adapted from ...
-11.20 Passover Brownies
From _Jewish Cooking in America_ by Joan Nathan ...
-11.21 Peanut Butter Cookies 1
Adapted from _Of These Ye May Freely Eat_ by JoAnn Rachor ...
-11.22 Peanut Butter Cookies 2
Contributed by JoAnn McCleeary ...
-11.23 Pie Crusts -- wheat free
This is a collection of various recipes from various ...
-11.24 Pumpkin Cookies
from Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu)...
-11.25 Pumpkin Cookies 2
From
-11.26 Rice or Potato Flour Sponge Cake
from Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu)...
-11.27 Toll House Cookies
[adapted from ...
-11.28 Coconut Milk
This is hardly a recipe; just an idea that works. ...
-11.29 Nut Milk
Yield: 2
-11.30 Rice Milk
contributed by Mary ...
-11.31 Ricotta Cheese Substitute
From _The New American Vegetarian Cookbook_ by Marilyn Diamond....
-11.32 Banana "Cream" Pie
from Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu)...
-11.33 Chocolate Pie
Adapted from a recipe on the Mori Nu Tofu ...
-11.34 Egg-Free Linzer Torte Bars
Contributed by Kathy Czopek ...
-11.35 "Five minute" Chocolate Cake
contributed by: Phoebe Nilsen ...
-11.36 Frozen Fruit Tofulatu
contributed by: Mike Dulin ...
-11.37 MFK Fisher's War Cake
[adapted from _How to Cook a Wolf_ by MFK Fisher]...
-11.38 MFK Fisher's Tomato Soup Cake
[adapted from _How to Cook a Wolf_ by MFK Fisher]...
-11.39 Lemon Pie
[from the Ener-G Egg Replacer box]...
-11.40 Pumpkin Pie
contributed by: Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu)...
-11.41 Raisin Snack Cake
[adapted from _The I Hate to Cook Book_ by Peg Bracken]...
-11.42 Measurement Conversion Information for non-US folk
These are the bare basics to get you rolling. For more ...
-12.0 Support Groups
-13.0 Pamphlets & Periodicals
-14.0 Food Allergy Food Sources
-15.0 Environmental Allergy Information
-15.1 Allergy/Asthma Products
Allergy Control Products Inc....
-16.0 Net Resources
Mailing
-17.0 General Books/Information and Food Allergy Books
Children with Asthma: A manual for ...
-17.1 Food Allergy Books: General
-17.2 Food Allergy Books: Milk/Dairy Free:
-17.3 Food Allergy Books: Wheat/Gluten/Grain Free
-17.4 Food Allergy Books: MSG-Free
-17.5 Food Allergy Books: Other sources









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