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General overview of allergies from MedlinePlus

General overview of allergies from MedlinePlus – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/allergy.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is Allergic conjunctivitis?
  • What is butterbur and how can it help allergy sufferers?
  • What is semen allergy and what are its implications for pregnancy?


Overview of allergies in general with links to more allergies under “specific conditions.” Provides links to common allergy blood and skin tests. Check out the “virtual allergist” under “tutorials’ as it might help you match character symptoms to a specific allergy or condition. The “Dark Circles Under Eyes” under “Related Issues” might be helpful in giving a character anxiety over his appearance.


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