‘Could it be an allergy?’ is one of the questions people most commonly ask their doctors. With an increasing variety of symptoms being attributed to allergies, the question is becoming more and more frequent and important. What can sufferers and carers do if they suspect an allergy?
Dr Joe FitzGibbon’s Could it be an Allergy? is a comprehensive guide to allergic symptoms. He discusses their complexities and confirms that it is possible to get to the root cause of many of them, and so find a way to a healthy and often symptom-free future.
Could it be an Allergy? is written for the layperson by a leading specialist in the field. Carefully laid out, each section includes case histories, questions and answers on the particular allergy, and advice on what to look out for and how to address it. A directory of support and help groups throughout Ireland and Britain is also included.
Could it be an Allergy?: Table of ContentsIntroduction
Section 1. What is an Allergy?
The Range of Allergic SymptomsThe Range of Allergic Reactions
Section 2. Common Allergic Problems
I. Allergy and the Skin: Eczema
II. Allergy and the Skin: Contact Allergic Dermatitis
III. Allergy and the Skin: Hives and SwellingsAllergy in the Nose and SinusesAllergy and the Chest: AsthmaAllergy and the Eyes: Allergic Conjunctivitis and Related DisordersAllergy and the MouthAllergy on the Job
Section 3. Fatal and Near-Fatal Allergy
Section 4. Food Intolerance
Allergy or Intolerance: What’s the Difference?Allergy and the GutI. Allergy and the Brain: Hyperactivity
II. Allergy and the Brian: Migraine and Other Headaches
III. Allergy and the Brain: FatigueAllergy and Rheumatism
Section 5. Associated Topics
The Truth about CandidaChemical SensitivityAllergy and the Psyche
Section 6. Allergy Tests and Treatments
Making Sense of Allergy TestsThe Effective Treatment of Allergy
Appendix 1: A Word About House Dust Mites
Appendix 2: Useful Addresses
Appendix 3: Bibliography