Preface to the Second Edition
ALLERGIES IN A NUTSHELL
What is food allergy?
What is food allergy and how does it relate to the immune system?
How do you know if you have a food allergy?
How do I choose an allergist?
What information does your doctor need to diagnose food allergy?
What are allergy tests?
Do allergy tests predict the severity of a reaction?
How accurate are allergy tests?
If I am eating peanuts without problems and my allergy tests are positive for peanut, should I stop eating them?
What is a food challenge?
What is the youngest age for a food challenge?
What is an elimination diet?
Are there food reactions that aren't allergies?
What is the historical background of peanut allergy?
How common is peanut allergy?
Why has peanut allergy increased so dramatically, particularly in young children?
What is the Hygiene Hypothesis?
Why is peanut allergy more common in the U.S., U.K. and Australia than in Europe, Asia and the Middle East?
Is peanut allergy hereditary?
How early can peanut sensitization occur?
What in peanuts make them so allergenic?
Is the peanut a true nut?
Are there nuts that do not commonly cause allergies?
Should all members of a food family be avoided if you are allergic to one food in that family?
Are peanut-allergic individuals also allergic to tree nuts?
Should peanut-allergic individuals avoid tree nuts?
Should peanut- and nut-allergic individuals avoid seeds?
Does soy formula cause peanut allergy in infants?
Can peanut protein be found in breast milk?
Can peanut allergy be transferred from person to person?
Can organ transplantation cure peanut allergy?
Will I outgrow my peanut allergy?
When should my child have a peanut challenge to see whether the allergy has resolved?
Can a food challenge be wrong?
Is there a chance that, after I outgrow peanut allergy, the peanut allergy may come back?
Can allergies to tree nuts be outgrown?
What is anaphylaxis?
Is anaphylaxis always accompanied by skin symptoms?
What is biphasic anaphylaxis?
Can severe anaphylaxis be predicted?
What are the risk factors for fatal anaphylaxis?
What is the treatment for anaphylaxis?
Do all ambulances carry epinephrine?