Videos for Patient Education

How to use your asthma inhalers and nebulizer / How to use a spacer / How to use a nose spray / Saline sinus rinse / How to use Auvi-Q or EpiPen / Food allergy / Diagrams for patient education / Action plans: asthma, food allergy, rhinitis, anaphylaxis / See more patient education materials here.

Question of the month: What is the best test for food allergy?

8 foods cause 90% of food allergies (click to enlarge the image). The likelihood of a negative oral food challenge is shown in relation to the respective values of skin prick test (SPT) and serum IgE (sIgE):

What to expect when visiting an allergy clinic

Current allergy skin tests are virtually painless. This video by Dr. Bassett, a board-certified allergist from New York City, shows what to expect when visiting an allergy clinic for diagnosis and treatment:

Introduction to this website

After a few weeks of clinical practice, medical students and residents realize that patients are often different from classic disease descriptions in textbooks. One experienced physician summarized this by saying: "his asthma did not read the book." How to bridge this gap between theory and practice? Our answer was to create the free case-based curriculum of Allergy and Immunology you are reading now:, endorsed by both the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

The educational value of the clinical cases is enhanced by succinct clinical notes, visual mind map diagrams and easy-to-remember mnemonics (no real-life case descriptions are included). Please read the website disclaimer below.

Read more about allergic conditions: Asthma / Allergic Rhinitis / Food AllergyEczema (Atopic Dermatitis)Hives (Urticaria)AngioedemaEosinophilic EsophagitisDrug AllergyAnaphylaxisContact DermatitisImmunodeficiency

Mind Map Diagrams

A mind map is a diagram which shows concepts arranged radially around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to visualize and classify ideas, and as aids in study, organization, and decision making.

Click here to see the full list of mind maps in allergy and immunology.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (click here to enlarge the image):

Textbooks, Review Articles and Other Resources

The list below includes free online textbooks and review articles in Allergy and Immunology. The files represent external links and are not hosted on this website.

Practice Parameters for Allergy and Immunology, AAAAI, ACAAI, JCAAI.
Practical guide for allergy and immunology - open access review articles. CSACI, 2011.
Conferences On-Line Allergy (COLA) - free video lectures on allergy and immunology topics, also available on YouTube. ACAAI.
Care pathways for children with allergies. Royal College of Paediatrics, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2011.
WAO Position Papers and Statements
Fellows-in-Training: Review Corner Archive, 2002-2009. ACAAI.
Free Lectures and Podcasts by JACI, WAO, etc.
Questions and Answers in Allergy and Immunology - selection based on Ask the Expert series by AAAAI
Program Directors' Core Curriculum and Reading List (PDF). AAAAI, 2009.
A/I MKSAP by AAAAI, 2003 (PDF, 29 MB) (some parts are outdated).
Free textbooks from (requires registration): Middleton's Allergy: Principles and Practice.
Allergy and Asthma Proceedings. Northwestern University Allergy-Immunology Syllabus.
Immunology; Allergic Disorders in Merck Manual.
Allergy and Immunology in eMedicine Medical Textbooks.
Allergy and Immunology Review Articles
Immunology Resources: Audio and Video Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations, Q&A
Allergy resources by Medical Matrix
Commonly Used Medications in Allergy and Immunology

Read more about the following conditions: Asthma / Allergic Rhinitis / Food AllergyEczema (Atopic Dermatitis)Hives (Urticaria)AngioedemaEosinophilic EsophagitisDrug AllergyAnaphylaxisContact DermatitisImmunodeficiency

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Updated: 02/04/2014