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is a professional association of 6,000 allergist/immunologists and allied health professionals. Established in 1942, the College is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education.

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Board Relevant Review 2nd Edition for the ABAI Exam Available to Download

New! Full-color and spiral-bound printed version now available
Limited copies of the book are available for purchase.

The second edition (2013) of the ACAAI Review for the Allergy and Immunology Boards is available for download. Please click the title above to access the file.

This text for the ABAI certification and recertification examinations features:

  • Concise topic summaries ideal for quick review
  • Hundreds of color images and tables that enhance study
  • Key facts and mnemonics for easy memorization
  • Embedded flashcards to test critical concepts

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The ACAAI Job Source  connects members with new employment opportunities, and also lets members post available positions. The Job Source includes all categories of allergy, asthma and immunology personnel. 

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Make Peace with Fall

People who suffer from fall allergies no doubt love the fall colors and the festive time of year, while hating the sneezing, sniffling, wheezing and itching. So what’s an autumn lover to do?

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Make Sure Your Kids and their Classrooms are Ready for Back-to-School

For parents of kids who have asthma and allergies, getting them ready to head back to school sometimes requires meetings with school administrators, teachers and nurses to develop a plan to ensure avoidance of triggers, and safe studying and eating.

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 Ask the Allergist

Ask Dr. Michael Foggs, ACAAI president, and ACAAI Experts your questions on allergies and asthma!

Sunscreen Allergy?

Q: Is it possible to be allergic to sunscreen?

A: Yes, it is indeed possible to be allergic to sunscreen! Sunscreens have been associated with both allergic contact dermatitis and photoallergy, both of which require some further definition. Read more

Is a “Peanut–Free Zone” effective in a high school setting?

Q: I am looking for guidance in regards to a peanut allergy question. I am a high school nurse who has several students with peanut allergies. Would you recommend instituting a “peanut free zone”, in regards to eliminating peanuts in the school cafeteria?

A: Thank you for your question. This is indeed an issue raised frequently in schools, with commercial airline carriers, and in other public venues. There is little evidence to support that peanut protein (the part of peanut responsible for causing allergic reactions) remains airborne to any significant level, making the risk of inhalation of peanut protein purely theoretical. Read more

Link to Archived Questions and Answers

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to diagnose or treat, but concerns general recommendations; the archived questions and answers may not reflect all of the current knowledge in our field. As always, consult with your own physician.

 In the News

Probiotics may relieve itch in
adult AD

Probiotic strain LKM512 alleviated itch in atopic dermatitis and improved dermatology-specific quality of life scores compared with controls in a small study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Read More.

Secukinumab effective for
psoriasis in trial

Secukinumab, a human monoclonal antibody that targets member A from the cytokine family of interleukin 17, was effective for psoriasis in two randomized clinical trials, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine. Read More.

 ACAAI Announcements

Clinical Trials

Further medical research and improve patient outcomes by participating in an existing clinical trial in allergy, asthma and immunology

Wondering why the costs of the ABAI secure exam are so high?
The answer to this and other MOC questions were addressed during the first ACAAI House of Delegates webinar held recently. A recording and transcript of the webinar are now available.

ACAAI Webinar - Physician Payment Sunshine Act: 
What Allergists Need To Know

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act is part of the U.S. Affordable Care Act which requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to all licensed physicians and select teaching hospitals. Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, manufacturers are required to collect and track payments, transfers and ownership information for reporting to the government in early 2014.

Get answers to these and other important questions by viewing the archived July 17 complimentary webinar available to ACAAI Members.

Vaccines as Tools in the Evaluation of Primary Immune Deficiencies

Not for Credit. Physicians need educational initiatives to help identify patients with possible immune deficiency. A valuable instrument in this process is the use of vaccine to determine adequate specific antibody responses. This program will provide a synopsis of the guidelines for the use of vaccine responses in evaluation of patients with recurrent infections and review the most current literature on the use of Ig replacement therapy.


ACAAI awarded ACCME Accreditation with Commendation

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

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Medicare/Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Allergist: Some Third Person Decides Your Fate

We all agree that with the escalating healthcare costs in the US, we must start to deliver healthcare in a more cost effective manner. However, I am NOT convinced that the ACO model as it is currently structured is THE answer or even a viable alternative. Read more

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 Conferences on Line Allergy (COLA)

August 1
10:00am Food Allergy. Wesley Burks, MD
11:00am Sublingual Immunotherapy. Linda Cox, MD

August 4
10:00am Prescribing Immunotherapy. Jay Portnoy, MD
11:00am Allergy Skin Testing. John Oppenheimer, MD

August 8
10:00am Chronic Cough. Glan Goldsobel, MD
11:00am Sinusitis. Daniel Hamilos, MD

August 11
10:00am What's new with Immunotherapy. Harold Nelson, MD
11:00am Pulmonary Function Testing. Gary Salzman, MD

August 15
10:00am Stinging Insect Allergy. David Golden, MD
11:00am Allergen extracts and standardization. Greg Plunkett, PhD

August 18
10:00am Rhinitis. Mark Dykewicz, MD
11:00am Difficult patients/parents. Barb Mulac RN, LCSW & Julie Keilman (patient advocate)

August 22
9:30am Basics of Clinical Research. Bridgette Jones, MD

August 25
10:00am Occupational Asthma. David Bernstein, MD
11:00am Pathogenesis of Asthma. Lanny Rosenwasser, MD

August 29
10:00am Prescribing Immunotherapy, Part 2. Jay Portnoy, MD
11:00am Exercise Induced Bronchospasm. Christopher Randolph, MD

 Ask the Expert

"Hypoallergenic" Vs. Feather Bedding: Which Is Better?

Q. Which is preferable as a recommendation for a person with allergies - "hypoallergenic" synthetic bedding or bedding made with natural down/feathers?Read more.

A. Feathers have long been blamed as potential allergens in worsening nasal allergies and asthma. Much of this thinking is a result of case reports showing improvement in symptoms when people limited exposure to feather bedding, rather than any data from controlled clinical trials. Read more.

Ask our expert panel about your challenging allergy/immunology case!

Venom Allergy in Children

Q. I have two questions related to the possibility of stinging insect hypersensitivity in a 2-year old toddler:
1. Can a child of this age be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy?
2. Is hymenoptera venom skin testing indicated in this patient? Read more

A. Young children who have experienced systemic adverse reactions to hymenoptera stings should be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy (VIT). Anaphylactic reactions to stings can occur decades apart, with or without interval stings. Read answers

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