An allergic reaction is triggered when your immune system treats a substance that normally isn’t harmful as a threat to your body. Coming into contact with an allergen makes your immune system produce antibodies to attack it. This causes inflammation, which leads to itchy eyes, hives, stuffy nose, digestive issues, and — in severe cases — airway blockage.

You can be allergic to many different things. The most common allergies include things like foods, medications, insect stings, animal dander, mold, and pollen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. They cost over $18 billion per year to treat and manage.

Learning about your allergy type, what causes it, and how your body reacts can help you create a treatment plan. You can develop a strategy to avoid allergens and prepare for what to do if you have a bad reaction. These books provide information on a variety of allergies and tips for how to better control them.

Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame

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Cooking in a household with a food allergy can be very challenging. As a mom of two, author Cybele Pascal knows that being able to prepare an allergen-free family dinner in 30 minutes is game-changing. “Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking” aims to help you do exactly that. She offers lots of ingredient swaps to prepare allergen-free versions of meals, like pizza, mac ’n’ cheese, and stir-fry.

The Allergy-Fighting Garden: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping

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Who says you can’t have allergies and enjoy a garden? “The Allergy-Fighting Garden” is a guide to planting for people who have allergies or asthma. Horticulturist Thomas Ogren explains how a plant’s sex determines its allergens. Female plants can block pollen, while male plants produce it. The book provides hundreds of pollen-free plants to choose from. It also comes along with warnings to identify plants people with allergies should avoid.

Allergies: Fight Them with the Blood Type Diet

Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo is known for his research on the connection between blood type and a person’s health and disease. In “Allergies: Fight Them with the Blood Type Diet,” he provides specific treatment plans for food allergies, asthma, and other allergy-related conditions based on different blood types. For each blood type, there are instructions on diet, vitamins and supplements, and exercise.

The Allergy Book: Solving Your Family’s Nasal Allergies, Asthma, Food Sensitivities, and Related Health and Behavioral Problems

Allergies can make both adults and children miserable. Often, people have allergies and asthma as children and carry it into adulthood. This can be especially troublesome for people who don’t learn how to properly control the allergy. In “The Allergy Book,” two pediatricians give research-based treatments and preventions for allergies and their symptoms. The doctors draw on their own experience with patients.

The 7-Day Allergy Makeover: A Simple Program to Eliminate Allergies and Restore Vibrant Health from the Inside Out

Allergies can change the way you live your daily life. But Dr. Susanne Bennett believes you can take steps to be in control. This allergy specialist gives step-by-step instructions on how to pinpoint your allergy’s cause and make the necessary changes to prevent your symptoms. Each chapter in “The 7-Day Allergy Makeover” addresses a different factor that can cause or contribute to an allergy.

Allergy-Proof Your Life: Natural Remedies for Allergies That Work!

Looking to try treatments outside of allergy medications? “Allergy-Proof Your Life” focuses on reducing symptoms by using nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle changes. The book explains how things like probiotics, aromatherapy, and certain foods work to ease allergy symptoms. There are also recipes included.

Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies

Food allergies can be very dangerous for children. It can also be extremely hard to keep your child away from their allergen. In order to provide the best protection and treatment, you’ll want to learn about the allergy and its triggers. In “Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies,” Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a children’s food allergy specialist, explains why food allergies develop, what the different symptoms are, and how to know if your child needs emergency medical treatment. The guide is intended to help anyone who cares for a child with a food allergy.

The Ultimate Food Allergy Cookbook and Survival Guide: How to Cook with Ease for Food Allergies and Recover Good Health

Having a food allergy can make your options feel limited. “The Ultimate Food Allergy Cookbook and Survival Guide” has 500 recipes prepared without common foods that cause allergic reactions. The guide also has information about symptoms and the diagnosis of food allergies. There are even sections telling you where specially prepared foods or products can be purchased.

The Bugabees: Friends with Food Allergies

Kids may have a hard time understanding what it means to have a food allergy. Books can sometimes reach them in a way we can’t. “The Bugabees” follows eight bug friends, each with a food allergy, and puts a positive spin on living with allergies. Through colorful illustrations and rhyming verse, the Bugabees learn to live healthy and have fun despite their allergies.

The Peanut-Free Cafe

When one child has a serious peanut allergy, a school may face the difficult decision of asking all parents to avoid packing their child’s lunch with peanuts. While it’s easy for parents to understand the danger and liability, kids may be confused. “The Peanut-Free Cafe" is a good way to teach young children who don’t have allergies to understand their peers who do. The book follows Simon, a peanut lover, as he wrestles with the decision to give up his favorite nuts for a new friend who’s allergic.