Videos for Patient Education

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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.

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