Fifty million Americans suffer from allergies to certain foods, pollens, animal danders, dust mites and other less common allergens. Although the most common symptoms, from watery eyes to hives, are not life-threatening, there is a substantial cost in health care spending associated with these conditions. Americans spent about $18 billion each year on asthma care in 2009. And of the $19 billion spent each year on over-the-counter remedies, a substantial portion is spent on allergy medications. Now two specialists in allergy medicine reveal how to manage allergies safely and effectively, and live more comfortable, symptom-free lives. Allergies debunks the many myths about allergies and offers long-term help to both seasonal and chronic sufferers. This comprehensive and authoritative resource helps you make informed choices about everything from diagnostic tests to nasal antihistamines and corticosteroid sprays, from homeopathic remedies for poison ivy and insect bites to desensitizing therapies and emergency relief for severe allergic reactions and much more, including: • A detailed evaluation of the most common over-the-counter drugs • How to minimize allergens like mites, pollen and danders in your house. • Useful advice for life threatening allergies such as food and stinging insects. • Allergies and exercise • Allergies and pregnancy • Skin disorders from allergies • When allergy shots are unnecessary • Self-treatment versus traditional care • How to recognize and avoid allergy scam treatments • Allergies in children and the elderly • Plus a comprehensive guide to reliable information on the internet
Bruce S. Dobozin, MD was born in Buffalo, NY. He graduated from The Nichols School, SUNY Buffalo, and SUNY Stony Brook Medical School. He completed a specialty residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital of New York and then a sub-specialty fellowship at the National Jewish Hospital/National Asthma Center (now known as National Jewish Health) in Denver. For the past 13 years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish the #1 respiratory hospitals in the nation. His practices in Manhattan and Woodstock NY are affiliates of National Jewish Health. He is on staff at NYU Langone Medical Center, teaches at NYU School of Medicine, and attends the Allergy/Immunology clinic at Bellevue Hospital. Bruce and his wife, the acclaimed artist, Devorah Sperber, live in Manhattan Stuart H. Young, M.D., has practiced allergy in Manhattan for over 30 years. He received his training in allergy and Immunology at the National Jewish Hospital/ National Asthma Center (now known as National Jewish Health) in Denver. He is the author of numerous books, textbooks and scientific articles on allergy and immunology. He is an Attending Physician, Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and is on the faculty at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine all in New York City. He is the former Chief of Allergy Clinics at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has been listed for the last 14 years in the Castle Connolly Guide of America�s Top Doctors and has been picked as a top Doctor in New York City by New York Magazine. He has mentored numerous allergists-in-training and is considered a role model by those physicians. He is currently in private practice in Manhattan and lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife and family.