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Welcome to Our Allergy Community – please read before posting
If you or a loved one has experienced allergies of any kind that has affected your life, you've found the right place. If you have more specific needs here are the other allergy related forums MedHelp has to offer.
Allergy Health Chat Arhives: http://www.medhelp.org/health_chats/archive/61 If you missed the health chat, you missed a great discussion. Dr. Koelsch was very informative. All types fo allergies were discussed. If you want to read the transcript, here is a link to it.
I hope you enjoy it.
You can see that we have a wide variety of forums to meet more your individualized needs. I am sure you can find what you are looking for.
You'll find we are a very supportive and caring group of people who, are just like you, and understand how your allergies can affect every aspect your life. We understand you may be shy to make that first post. That is ok, we all were there once! But keep in mind that no question is to big or small. We are eager to help!
Please feel free to look around the forum to see what there is and get to know the options you have on your personal profile.
There is an option to view the 'community archives' located next to the green 'post a question' button near the top of the page. In it you will find the forum’s past questions and posts regarding allergies and some of the possible treatments you may have had or would like to learn more about. If you have suffered from allergy issues, check out the 'health pages' option in the upper right corner of the forum. You will find some great, resourceful information on symptoms, treatments, life style changes to help make life easier.
Also, be sure to check out the Health Pages section There are several good resources in there and more to come. You can find it on the right side of the blue box where you also find the “Post a Question” button and the archives link.
MyMedhelp & Trackers:
You have many options on your personal profile. You can change your My MedHelp theme, add the Allergy Tracker http://www.medhelp.org/user_trackers/gallery/allergy or a host of other trackers: Health Trackers http://www.medhelp.org/health_tools?personal_page_id=2076159 add' friends, send 'private messages' and post 'notes' to the other members of MedHelp, etc., etc. All trackers and their journals can be made as private as you want them to be – only you, only your friends, or everyone. It is your choice. The link to the Allergy Tracker given takes you to a page of trackers belonging to people who have chosen to have public trackers. This is so that you can see what the tracker looks like and its features.
Please make sure you look at our Allergy Tracker! It's a wonderful way to track your symptoms & medicines, all at a glance with graphic charts and area for journals! The journal is a great tool for those of you trying to narrow down pesky food allergies and doing an elimination diet. Using the Allergy Tracker gives you the ability to e-mail it to your doctor (or print it to take with you to an appointment) as a point-of-reference before or during your appointment so he/she can see the direct correlation between symptoms and medicine and/or dosing, change of meds, etc. This would be especially useful for people needing to keep food diaries on an eliminations diet to track down possible food allergies.
You'll also find you have a 'Journal' on your profile. You can write anything you like in your journal and chose to make a journal entry public for any other MedHelp member to see, allow only your friends to view it or keep it private for only you. You may also want to fill out a little bit of information about yourself on your personal profile so we can all get to know more about you as you post and comment in the community.
Also, if you have a question, you may find that you get more responses if you create your own new thread (this is especially true if the thread you maybe considering posting in was started more than a year ago). To create your own thread click on the green “Post a Question” button near the top of the “Allergy Community” page (the page you found this post on so you can just hit the “back” button in your browser to see what I am talking about).
We're so glad you have found us here and really look forward to getting to know you better, as we learn how your allergies have affected you and your quality of life and the lives of those around you.
We want to make sure this community stays as helpful and supportive as can be. So, If you ever have any ideas or comments on how this forum can offer even more help and support, or have any concerns or issues, please feel free to private message your Community Leader, bsmsl.
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