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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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Learn more about allergies and asthma, read about people who found relief and locate an ACAAI member allergists.


You’re Not Ready for Summer to End, but Ragweed’s Set to Pounce

Many people don’t realize that although ragweed-induced hay fever strikes around mid-August, they need to start taking their allergy medication two weeks before it hits, and keep taking it until two weeks after the first frost.

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The Ugly Truth about Summer Allergies

The usual mask of allergies – a runny nose and red eyes – can ruin your warm weather look, but summer allergies can give you more than you’ve bargained for this year.

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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? Read more.

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? Read more.

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

Peanuts Don’t Panic Parents as much as Milk and Eggs

Although worry is a factor for anyone caring for a child with food allergies, according to a study published in the July issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, there is increased anxiety and strain for caregivers of children allergic to milk and eggs. Read More.

 ACAAI Announcements

Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission for the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting is now closed to all but first year Fellows-in-Training (FITs). First year FITs may submit abstracts for consideration for poster presentation until 11:59 pm (Eastern time) on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. First year FITs needing access to the abstract submission website should contact Debra Kroncke at the ACAAI office by email ( 

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)

July 7
10:00am Non-Invasive Measures of Inflammation: ENO, Stan Szefler, MD
11:00am Urticaria and Angioedema, David Lang, MD

July 11
10:00am Drug Allergy, David Khan, MD
11:00am A Review of the NHLBI Asthma Guidelines, Michael B. Foggs, MD

July 14
10:00am 10:00am Basics of Patient Billing, Gary Gross, MD
11:00am 11:00am Ocular Allergy, Leonard Bielory, MD

July 18
10:00am Anaphylaxis, Phil Lieberman, MD
11:00am Laboratory Testing for Immunodeficiency, Tom Fleisher, MD

July 21
10:00am Radiology for the Allergist, Justin Stowell, MD
11:00am Principles of Environmental Assessments and Measurements, Kevin Kennedy, MS

July 28
10:00am Extract Mixing Workshop: Part I, Paul Dowling, MD
11:00am Extract Mixing Workshop: Part II, Paul Dowling, 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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