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I understand citrus is a fairly common food allergy as well.

External Links[edit]

I added a link to this article because this article is lacking in a lot of information. There is a national nonprofit organization that has well-respected physicians on their Medical Advisory board. This website contains information as approved by PHYSICIANS in the allergy field. There are many resources available on this website to help inform readers more about allergies and allergens. Here is the link: Click Resources to find educational materials; click "about" to find the information about the Medical Advisory Team.

I believe this link was removed unfairly. There are currently no links on this article and this article is really lacking with respect to scientific explanation. I have noticed that other for-profit sites have deposited their links on allergy-related articles. I am trying to suggest a well-respected non-profit organization overseen by a medical review board. They have an immense amount of educational materials available. Please reconsider adding this link so that users can actually find useful information regarding this subject.

Additional links I would recommend are: This is a national organization of allergy and immunology physicians; and the website provides a lot of information. Users who are looking for "medical jargon" articles and such would find this website useful. The first website I recommended is geared more toward the "lay-person" (patient, family, etc). Sudokyou (talk) 22:52, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Need of Cleanup[edit]

I just tagged this article for cleanup. In my opinion it just needs a general overhaul. It does next to nothing to actually explain what an allergen is, and is not in the acceptable Wikipedia format.Mutton 11:40, 16 May 2007 (UTC)


"Poison ivy (and other plants, like poison sumac or poison oak) is a plant that will cause an allergic reaction for anyone, given enough repeated contact—like any allergy, the human body must learn to fight the allergen, some bodies learn slower and will appear to be "immune" to poison ivy."

This doesn't ring true, as my brothers and I are completely nonallergic to Poison Ivy. In fact, our dad is the only family member who is. Anyone find a source for this?-- 20:53, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

NM, i found a source(linked to from the poison ivy entry) that refutes this. I will edit:)-- 20:56, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

True, the statement is completely inaccurate on both counts. I don't know about the figure that 70-85% people are allergic, most figures I've seen were a little over 50% of North Americans, so I'm editing to reflect that fact. The second part that states "most human bodies will learn to fight the allergen" is also BS as repeated exposure can actually increase your sensitivity to poison ivy. I've edited the poison ivy paragraph to be more relevant to the article.--Waxsin (talk) 21:18, 2 January 2009 (UTC) Why does this article just say "see the Food and Drugs Administration website for more details" without giving the address of the website? ACEOREVIVED (talk) 22:26, 22 February 2010 (UTC)

What can people be allergic to?[edit]

By my understanding it is only possible to be allergic to proteins, carbohydrates, and small organic molecules, but this article claims you can be allergic to chlorine and water, and I'm having a conversation at the moment about an 'allergy' to gold. Can we get some clarification by someone who knows a fair bit about immunology on what it is possible to be allergic to (ie presumably what Fabs can bind) and some citations to back it up? Will Bradshaw (talk) 08:56, 22 May 2010 (UTC)

Can I re-kick this request for expert review of the article? I came to this page to find out what can be an allergen, and particularly why Iodine cannot be an allergen (according to The Internet), but the article doesn't answer either question. Also, the content as-is only touches on "Allergen" and then wanders off into "Allergies" and "Allergy Treatments" instead. thx. Smittee (talk) 10:09, 5 April 2013 (UTC)