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Food Allergies For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05113-9
384 pages
April 2011
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Are you constantly worrying about what you or your loved ones eat? Is every dining experience an episode of anxiety for you? Being allergic to different types of food not only ruins the experience of eating, it can lead to dangerous, sometimes lethal, consequences.

With Food Allergies for Dummies, you can feel safer about what you eat. This concise guide shows you how to identify and avoid food that triggers reactions. This guide covers how to care for a child with food allergies, such as getting involved with his/her school’s allergy policies, packing safe lunches, and empowering him/her to take responsibility for his allergy. You will also discover:

  • The signs and symptoms of food allergies
  • How to determine the severity of your allergy
  • Ways to eat out and travel with allergies
  • How to create your own avoidance diet
  • Ways to enjoy your meal without allergic symptoms
  • How to prevent food allergies from affecting your child
  • The latest research being done to treat food allergies

Food Allergies for Dummies also provides an in-depth chapter on peanut allergy and how to spot traces of peanut in your food. With this book, you will feel safer and more comfortable while you eat. And, with plenty of helpful resources such as Web sites and allergy-friendly recipes, you’ll hardly have to worry about your diet!

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Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: Feasting on Food Allergy Fundamentals.

Chapter 1: Breaking Out with Food Allergies.

Chapter 2: Turning Allergies Inside Out: Probable Causes and Common Symptoms.

Chapter 3: Spotting the Usual Suspects: Wherefore Art Thou, Allergen?

Chapter 4: Picking On Peanuts: A Potentially Deadly Foe.

Part II: Progressing from Hives to Hope: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Chapter 5: Labeling Your Ailments with an Accurate Diagnosis.

Chapter 6: Concocting Your Own Avoidance Diet.

Chapter 7: Making It Stop: Finding Symptomatic Relief.

Chapter 8: Debunking Alternative Tests and Therapies.

Chapter 9: Exploring Cures from Mice to Man: Current Research.

Part III: Living Well with Your Food Allergies.

Chapter 10: Living at Home with Your Allergies.

Chapter 11: Eating Out and Traveling with Food Allergies.

Chapter 12: Conquering the Challenges of Daycare and Preschool.

Chapter 13: Sending Food Allergies Off to School: K-12.

Chapter 14: Empowering Your Adolescent or Teenager.

Chapter 15: Preventing and Outgrowing a Food Allergy.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Teaching Your Child Ten Key Food Allergy Lessons.

Chapter 17: Packing Ten Key Food Allergy Tips for Camp, College, and Other Outings.

Chapter 18: Substituting Foods and Ingredients: Ten Common Dietary Substitutions.

Chapter 19: Exploring Ten Outstanding Food Allergy Web Sites.

Chapter 20: Responding to a Severe Reaction: Ten Do’s and Don’ts.

Part V: Appendixes: Allergy-Friendly Recipes and Other Treats.

Appendix A: Breads & Breakfasts.

Appendix B: Main Courses.

Appendix C: Snacks and Cookies.

Appendix D: Cakes and Desserts.

Appendix E: Glossary.

Index.

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Robert A. Wood, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and International Health and Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, he completed his residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed an allergy and immunology fellowship. Dr. Wood is an internationally recognized expert in food allergy and childhood asthma and has published over 100 manuscripts in scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, as well as two books and numerous book chapters. He is Deputy Editor of the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, was Associate Editor of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He personally cares for over 4,000 patients with food allergy and has a special interest in this topic as someone with a severe, lifelong peanut allergy.

Joe Kraynak is a freelance author who has written and co-authored dozens of books on topics ranging from slam poetry to computer basics. Joe teamed up with Dr. Candida Fink to write his first book in the For Dummies series, Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, where he showcased his talent for translating the parlance of psychiatry into plain-spoken practical advice. He then tackled Flipping Houses For Dummies with legendary real estate pro Ralph Roberts to produce the ultimate guide for real estate rehabbers. In Food Allergies For Dummies, Joe returns to the doctor’s office with world-renowned allergist, Robert Wood, MD, to pen the definitive guide to living well with food allergies.

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"I would thoroughly recommend this book to all serious allergy sufferers" (Women's Fitness, September 2007)
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