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Any information found in these books is not intended to be a substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a health problem. You should always consult a doctor about your healthcare concerns.

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Allergies: Answers at Your Fingertips
Dr Jo Clough

This book answers over 330 questions about all types of allergy: how and why they happen, what the common triggers are and how to control your allergy symptoms effectively.

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 I'm Hungry...
Tanya Wright

Easy family recipes free from... Milk, Egg, Soya, Wheat & Gluten.

Tanya Wright, MSc Allergy has produced this appealing spirally bound gloss cookbook with 66 colour plates of sweet & savoury everyday family foods.All the recipes are quick and easy to prepare and ALL OF THEM are free from milk (dairy & lactose), egg, soya, wheat & gluten (rye, barley & oats).

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Nutti the Squirrel Who Couldn't Eat Nuts                                  

A young squirrel called Nutti discovers that he cannot eat nuts and now believes he will never be a real squirrel like his family and friends, for surely eating nuts is what being a squirrel is all about? This delightful and educational picture book on the importance of understanding nut allergies.

Tom, Rosie, and the attack of the Hiss-tamine. (Adventure stories for kids, bedtime story on food allergy, healthy values) Kindle Edition

Rosie is fed up with not being able to eat what she wants! Every time she eats nuts, she gets dizzy and sick. She sets off with her friends, to find out just why her body gets so irritated. Together, they get to peek inside her body, and discover brave cells fighting to protect her from sworn enemies. They learn about fierce allergy battles being fought, and powerful secret weapons. Their incredible journey will leave you in awe of our amazing bodies and inspire you to find out more!

The Allergy-Free Family Cookbook: 100 delicious recipes free from dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soya, gluten, sesame and shellfish
ISBN 978-1409155812

It's daunting when your child is diagnosed with a food allergy but just because they're allergic to one, or indeed, several types of food doesn't mean that they can't eat delicious meals with the rest of the family, benefit from a healthy, balanced diet or (should they deserve them!) have tasty treats.

From shepherd's pie, risottos, Thai curries and casseroles as well as cakes and desserts, The Allergy-Free Family Cookbook is packed full of 100 nutritious recipes, which allow everyone around the table to enjoy the same meal. Using ingredients that can be readily found in supermarkets, each recipe is free from all eight major food allergens: dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soya, gluten, sesame and shellfish.

Patty's Secret: A Tale About Living with Food Allergies
ISBN 978-1475189490

Patty's Secret is about a pig with a huge secret that she keeps from her class on her first day of school. It's that she has food allergies and she doesn't want anyone to know that she has them out of fear that they will make fun of her.

This book is a great read for food allergic families.

Freddy meets Ginger: the fox who was allergic to eggs (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0956380524

Written by a mother of a severely allergic child, Freddy meets Ginger is a colourful, endearing and informative story aimed at 3-6 year olds. The story follows Freddy the Mouse as he meets Ginger, a fox who has a severe egg allergy. Together they have great autumnal fun with some baby hedgehogs. When Ginger has an accidental encounter with egg, they learn important lessons. The book addresses severe allergy and anaphylaxis in a clear and age-appropriate way and ends with a practical summary to enable an open conversation with young children.

Freddy meets Nutmeg: the squirrel who was allergic to nuts (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0956380500

Written by a mother of a severely allergic child, Freddy meets Nutmeg is a colourful, endearing and informative story aimed at 3-6 year olds. The story follows Freddy the Mouse as he meets Nutmeg, a squirrel who has a severe nut allergy. Together they go on an adventure to a fairy market. When Nutmeg has an accidental encounter with nuts, they learn important lessons. The book addresses severe allergy and anaphylaxis in a clear and age-appropriate way and ends with a practical summary to enable an open conversation with young children.

Freddy meets Isobel: the mouse who was allergic to milk (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0956380517

Written by a mother of a severely allergic child, Freddy meets Isobel is a colourful, endearing and informative story aimed at 3-6 year olds. The story follows Freddy the Mouse as he meets Isobel, a mouse who has a severe milk allergy. Together they go on a seaside adventure and meet Swish, a mermaid. When Isobel has an accidental encounter with milk, they learn important lessons. The book addresses severe allergy and anaphylaxis in a clear and age-appropriate way and ends with a practical summary to enable an open conversation with young children.

Freddy meets Bones: the pirate who was allergic to fish (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0956380548

Written by a mother of a severely allergic child, Freddy meets Bones is a colourful, endearing and informative story aimed at 3-6 year olds. The story follows Freddy the Mouse on his trip to the seaside, where he meets a Bones, a pirate who is sad because of his fish allergy. With the help of the Mermaid Doctor, they learn that you can have just as much fun with a severe food allergy, so long as key messages are adhered to. The book addresses severe allergy and anaphylaxis in a clear and age-appropriate way and ends with a practical summary to enable an open conversation with young children.

Freddy goes flying: the important lesson about flying with a nut allergy (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0956380531

Written by a mother of a severely allergic child, Freddy goes flying is a colourful, endearing and informative story aimed at 3-6 year olds. The story follows Freddy the Mouse as he and his friends pay a visit to an airfield. When Nutmeg, a squirrel with a severe nut allergy, accidentally gets stuck aboard a plane, they learn important lessons about flying with a severe allergy. The book addresses severe allergy and anaphylaxis in a clear and age-appropriate way and ends with a practical summary to enable an open conversation with young children.

Food Diary (Spiral-bound) 
ISBN: 095608950X

Wipe-able Medicine Diary/Food Diary *Can be used to keep track of all medicines, amounts, times, symptoms and the child's temperature. *Reduce risk of errors. *Suitable for short and long term treatment. * Clear record for medical staff. * Great in the middle of the night. * Handy for grandparents or nannies.

Hives & Skin Swelling - A Simple Guide: to nettle rash,urticaria & angioedema
ISBN 978-1477439340

Are you one of those unfortunate people who suffer with almost daily attacks of itchy skin lumps (hives, nettle rash, urticaria) or skin swellings (angio-oedema)? These can be the most distressing and frustrating conditions to cope with, particularly if you feel that nobody seems to understand just how much it affects the quality of your life. You may be fortunate and just have a one off attack of hives (1-6 of the population will at some stage in their life) but you may be concerned that it will recur. Your child may have suffered or the episode occurred during pregnancy. You may have the rarer condition of skin swellings without hives and are keen to learn more about the nature of the condition and how it can be treated. Dr Connellan has addressed all of these issues in this simple guide to the conditions and their treatment. He has kept the medical jargon to a minimum, wherever possible, and illustrated the cases with simple graphics and individual stories, some of which may relate to your experience. It is hoped that this book will provide all the information you need to gain a much clearer understanding of the nature of your particular condition and will also give you greater confidence, when consulting with your doctor, to highlight the most important points in your history. When this is achieved, you will have a greater chance of receiving a firm diagnosis with both appropriate and effective treatment.

50 Things You Can Do Today to Manage Hay Fever 
ISBN: 1849530173

Did you know that up to one in five people in the UK suffer from hay fever? Are you one of them? In this easy-to-follow book, Wendy Green explains how genetic, dietary, psychological and environmental factors can contribute to hay fever and offers practical advice and a holistic approach to help you deal with your symptoms, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and DIY complementary therapies. Find out 50 things you can do today to help you cope with hay fever including: identify your allergens, adopt preventative strategies, choose beneficial foods and supplements, manage stress and relax to reduce the number and severity of attacks, and find helpful organisations and products.

Allergies - A Parent's Guide 
ISBN: 1861440642

Allergy symptoms can affect all aspects of a child's day-to-day life, including their health and wellbeing, education and social activities. But this doesn't have to be the case. This easy-to-read book will help you learn more about childhood allergies so that you can keep your child safe and well. It's packed full of practical advice on preventing allergies and managing the symptoms, and will help to ensure that your child grows up to be confident and independent.

 Asthma at your fingertips
ISBN: 9781859591116

This handbook offers straightforward, positive and medically accurate answers to questions frequently asked by asthma sufferers and their families. The authors' expert advice offers the knowledge to help the reader lead a happy, healthy and normal life. The text offers information on how to manage asthma successfully; treatments and self-management plans; how to deal with a child's asthma; and a colour guide to modern equipment used to treat asthma.

The Complete Guide to Allergies
ISBN: 1841191612

These days an increasing number of people are developing allergies in many different forms, such as skin rashes, breathing difficulties, and tiredness. This guide offers three approaches to the problem: first, allergic symptoms are listed and cross-referenced to known allergens and suitable tests to discover which really is the cause; second, there are separate sections for specific allergies; and third, there is an A-Z of allergens which gives advice on testing to find out whether you have allergies to that substance.

The Complete Guide to Asthma
ISBN: 0747540438

This guide to asthma shows the reader how they can beat the illness. Step-by-step programmes identify allergies and offer advice on how to use diet to treat asthma and how to cope better with asthma attacks. Alternative medicine therapies are assessed and breathing exercises that can help reduce asthma symptoms are described. Also included is information on asthma drugs and their side effects.

The Complete Guide to Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cooking
ISBN: 184293144X

This book is a wonderful collection of gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, showing how you can avoid these ingredients while still enjoying appetizing and healthy food. The selection includes soups, salads, fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, and a surprisingly large selection of breads, cakes, pastries, desserts and drinks - over 200 delicious recipes in all.

Dairy-Free, Lactose-Free Diet Plan 
ISBN: 0572026838

The complete A to Z for healthy living and great eating for the many adults and children with allergies to milk products. Contains advice on what to avoid, how to find hidden hazards in food, and what alternatives are safe.

E for Additives 
ISBN: 0722515626

This work cracks the 'E' number code and enables you to understand the lists of additives that appear on the packs of the food you buy, so that you can see exactly what has been added, where it comes from, why it has been added, what it does to the food and - if anything - what it might do to you. Here is all you need to know about: which additives are natural and which can have harmful effects; the reasons behind the use of preservatives, colours and flavourings; how to make informed choices when you shop; additives in wine and vitamin supplements; additives in meat; and guidelines on acceptable daily intake.

The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread 
ISBN 978-1-57067-262-0

Dealing with any food allergy is a challenge, and sometimes it can be more than one: gluten, wheat, dairy, or eggs, as well as soy, corn, or peanuts.

Food writer and critic Laura Sadowski delivers recipes that are gluten-free, vegan, and healthy with a few indulgences.

She proves that restricted ingredients do not equal restricted diets. These recipes are everyone's favourites: rich sweet breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and doughnuts, as well as tortillas, rolls, pittas, and pizza crusts.

Also provided is information on interpreting ingredient labels and getting all the nutrients you need on a specialized diet.

Food Allergies : Enjoying Life with a Severe Food Allergy 
ISBN: 9781859591468

With a number of well-publicised deaths caused by food induced anaphylaxis over the past decade, it is now being recognised that preventative measures as well as prompt treatment have an essential part to play in living with this life threatening condition. Food manufacturers, retailers and the food and catering industries are making many positive changes to their practices and labelling to minimise the risk of allergens reaching susceptible people. Expert dietitian Tanya Wright combines her professional and personal experience of severe food allergy to give you a unique source of practical advice, including many charts and tables detailing foods to avoid and replacements for them..

Food for All: A Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Nut-free Cookbook 
ISBN: 0952945339

A gluten, dairy, egg and nut free cookbook with delicious, easy and fast recipes that the entire family can eat together with the allergic child or person. .

Hidden Food Allergies - Is what you are eating making you ill?
ISBN: 0749926023

Food allergies and intolerances are on the increase. They are frequently the cause of many common health problems that simply won't go away. But there are things we can do to deal with food allergies and intolerances. This book will help if you feel you may be intolerant to a food, find it impossible to lose weight or simply have a range of minor symptoms your doctor can't treat.

Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free 
ISBN: 0976484501

The first book dedicated to eating around the corner and around the world while managing ten food allergies including: corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. At last! A book that gives you the freedom to eat what you want, where you want and when you want with confidence and ease. Imagine being able to go to any restaurant, scan the menu, quickly spot the safest choices and ask the right questions to avoid gluten and other hidden allergens in food preparation.

Living with Food Intolerance
ISBN: 0859699390

Food intolerance is far more common than food allergy , with which it is often confused. This is a long overdue book, written in language that everyone can understand, providing much needed guidance for people with food intolerance.

The New Allergy Diet
ISBN: 009182074X

Many people are unaware that they suffer from food allergies or intolerance. Inexplicable rashes, a persistent runny nose, bloatedness or pronounced weight gain for no apparent reason, are just some of the symptoms which may indicate a sensitivity to certain types of food. This work aims to help the reader identify which foods are causing the symptoms so that they are better able to avoid them.

Recipes for Health: Easy Wheat, Milk, and Egg-Free cooking
ISBN: 0007103174

Wheat, milk and eggs are the three most common allergy-causing agents. Millions of people around the world would be healthier without these ingredients in their diets. Wheat, milk and eggs have become such key elements of the Western diet and lifestyle however that it's a problem to find straightforward, tasty recipes which do not contain these ingredients. This book provides advice on eating well and staying on top of food allergies and intolerances.

The Sensitive Gourmet: Imaginative Cooking Without Wheat, Gluten or Dairy 
ISBN: 0722537131

This cookery book is aimed at the 1000s of people suffering from sensitivity to wheat, dairy products and gluten. It is designed to bring back a pure enjoyment of food with recipes that are smart, modern, international and anything but depriving. From pear tarte tatin to Thai soup with mussels, ginger and lemongrass, Antoinette's uses such alternative ingredients as tofu, coconut milk and rice flour. The book also includes menus for special occasions - from Christmas to summer barbecues.

More from the Sensitive Gourmet: Cakes, Cookies, Desserts and Bread Without Dairy, Wheat or Gluten
ISBN: 0722538480

Foreword by Sir Charles Jessel For those with food allergies, chronic fatigue (M.E.), coeliac disease, asthma, eczema, dermatitis -- or who simply want to live well, this book will be invaluable. Eating desserts, sweets, cookies, breads and cakes may seem impossible if you can't use dairy products or wheat but Antoinette's problem solving is second to none.

Seriously Good! Gluten-free Baking 
ISBN: 978-1-85626-923-0

Baking is the most difficult aspect of the gluten-free diet to overcome, as it is gluten that gives bread its elasticity and cakes their spring. Phil Vickery has developed a collection of over 70 recipes especially for those with gluten intolerance. He offers gorgeous gluten-free versions of family favourites. With a photograph for every recipe, this book is a godsend for all coeliacs.

Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking
ISBN: 978-1-85626-828-8

Phil Vickery, a Michelin-starred chef, has combined with the UK's most prominent charity for people with Coeliac disease to bring you tasty and trustworthy recipes entirely free from gluten. These ideas are also suitable for the many people who are now trying a wheat-free diet to manage weight and tackle intolerances. The book contains a huge range of recipe ideas, from breakfast to outdoor eating and snacks to entertaining, even looking at the famously difficulty area of breads, scones and cakes, while also uncovering the 'hidden' gluten found in store-cupboard essentials such as stock cubes and soy sauce.

Your Allergy-free Diet Plan for Babies and Children
ISBN: 0572028911

Childhood food allergies regularly cause distress to children and their parents. At one extreme, there are the severe and potentially dangerous nut-related allergies or even hyperactivity. At the other, the mild discomfort of a sensitive stomach. Some children grow out of the problem; others need to discover a way of eating that they will follow for the rest of their lives. In either case, parents need sound, practical advice on how to tackle the problem, with a varied bank of recipes for all occasions that combines good nutritional balance with great eating. That's what this useful and practical book provides.