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Allergies
 
Many people suffer from allergies of some sort, often taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications to relieve their sniffles, coughs, headaches, and other symptoms. Allergies, however, are more than just a runny nose, and can affect every organ system in the body.
 
An allergy is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance, such as plant pollen, wheat, animal dander, or a chemical. Doctors and other specialists believe the increase in allergy sufferers may be connected to the environment and the climate changes that are affecting the world around us. Poor nutrition or genetic health can also be causes. What can be done to alleviate allergy symptoms and suffering?
 
For those who demonstrate severe symptoms, medical tests help health care providers to treat patients with allergy issues. Prescribed medications along with lifestyle changes may provide relief as well.
 
Being an informed health consumer is essential for successful allergy treatment. The library can provide access to information that is timely and informative. Learn the differences between a cold, flu, or allergy with the help of Allergies Sourcebook, which provides basic consumer health information about the immune system and allergic disorders. Doctors Robert W. Sears and William Sears’ The Allergy Book presents a science-based approach that helps alleviate allergies in many patients. What You Must Know about Allergy Relief by Doctors Earl Mindell and Pamela Wartian Smith provides tips and suggestions on eliminating allergy ‘traps’ in the home and workplace. Food can also cause allergic reactions. Cooking Allergy-Free by Jenna Short contains recipes for delicious meals that everyone can enjoy. 
 
For more information, call 330-615-3105 or stop by the Community Health Library Branch, located on the first floor of Summa Barberton Hospital.
 
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