The Complete Guide to Allergies

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Recognizing and Treating Today’s Most Common and Unusual Allergens

By Catherine Quéquet, Grace McQuillan

How do allergies work? How have they changed in the last ten or twenty years? Why do so many people suffer from and live with them?

In The Complete Guide to Allergies, author and allergist Dr. Catherine Quéquet explores the world of the most common allergies and introduces readers to the strangest and newest allergies that have impacted large numbers of the population in recent years.

Pollen, dust mites, seafood, nut, dairy, and gluten are only the tip of the allergy iceberg. If the world of allergies were simple, it would be easy to get rid of them, but the growing number of people suffering from allergies (40% of the population) know that it is far from being that straightforward.

An allergy appears when a person with a sensitivity meets an allergen. However, in the polluted and hyper-consuming world in which we live, cocktail effects and risk situations multiply at any moment of the day: when we get dressed, when we sleep, when we eat, and even when we make love!

The diagnoses of ear, nose, throat, dermatological, pneumopathic, or ophthalmological manifestations can turn into a real long-term enquiry in which many surprising factors intervene! Dr. Quéquet helps us understand the mechanics of many allergies and brings us the latest knowledge on the subject, making us think about the health issues of our way of life, while also entertaining the reader with her amusing anecdotes, games, and a few allergy-free recipes.

We emerge from this read with more knowledge, fewer preconceptions, and agreeably entertained. Hardback, 152 pages.


“What I discovered in this book completely stupefied, captivated, and amazed me. These scientific discoveries, which one could easily dismiss as highly embellished hearsay, will literally transport you to a world that is so unknown it deserves a Hollywood movie—and I say this knowing that most of the characters would be busy itching and sniffling through most of their lines!

I found myself utterly immersed in Catherine Quéquet’s medical detective work, and I can guarantee, reader, that you have no idea what surprises are in store for you in these pages. Every story she tells is like a cartoon slowly taking shape on a blank page: the first lines intrigue you, and then you have no idea how it’s all going to end until the last drop of ink has found its place. Are you allergic to science and humor? No? Wonderful, because both are good for your health!” —Alex Dessinateur, of the Courrier Picard

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 9 in