Following is a list of recommended books to help you in your search for allergy information. Some are specific to a common allergy, some are focused on treatment and some are more generalized. All of these books can be found on www.amazon.com.
1. What’s in the Air?: The Complete Guide to Seasonal and Year-Round Allergies by Gillian Shepard and Marian Betancourt
Co-written by an allergy and immunology specialist who has suffered from allergies herself, this book encompasses many aspects of allergies with a focus on seasonal and airborne allergies (including pet allergies). It includes allergy management and tips on keeping your home allergy free, while managing allergies at work and for your children. Treatments and new medical advances are included. This book is in a very readable format with good reference lists.
2. Hayfever: How to Beat Hayfever – Permanently by Mark Payne
A practical guide written in an easy to read format to aid in identifying your allergy and finding the best treatment. This book includes information on both conventional and alternative forms of treatment, as well as ways to change your lifestyle to help beat hayfever.
3. The Peanut Allergy Answer Book: 2nd Edition by Michael C. Young
Updated in 2006, this is a comprehensive guide to peanut allergies. Recent research and treatments, including information on the road to curing peanut allergies are included. Lists of foods where unexpected peanuts can be are in the book, as well as a thorough glossary of terms. New laws and awareness are discussed, as are helpful guidelines for traveling with a peanut allergy and the emotional issues that one often experiences (especially children) with this allergy. Helpful and highly recommended.
4. Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children’s Story of Peanut Allergies by Nicole Smith
A picture book for children ages 4 – 8, or for anyone coping with a peanut allergy. Opens up helpful dialogue for children, even toddlers, and contributes to the understanding of their allergy. Good for classrooms and for introducing food allergies (not just peanut) to those who don’t have them; children can better understand why they are important in helping to keep their allergic friends safe. Engaging illustrations and age appropriate language.
5. The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook: Two Hundred Gourmet & Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family by Cybele Pascal
Written by the mother of a child with severe food allergies who uses her experience with organic gardening, the restaurant business and her family of excellent cooks to create this cookbook. Pascal includes 200 recipes which omit the top 8 allergy producing foods. She encompasses all meals, and includes recipes for biscuits, chicken marsala, salads, cherry pie and much more. Good for those with and even without food allergies.
Of course, there are many more books out there; this guide is just a beginning. Many can be found at local libraries as well. As always, the better informed we are, the easier everything is!
– Heather Legg