The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is a professional association of lung and allergy specialists. This website offers practical information on how to manage and prevent allergies and asthma. The information here is easy to understand for patients and caregivers, while also providing high quality research citations.
Excellent dropdown menu that organizes the site's content clearly, even providing small images to distinguish the different types of allergies. All topics are briefly summarized and explored in manageable portions of text. Prominent links at the top of the page and within the side navigation bars direct users to the site's most important functions. Aside from the search bar, which doesn't offer filtering options, the website puts users in touch with content quickly and easily.
The site's visual design features appealing fonts, colors, images, and graphics. At the outset, the homepage prompts the user who is seeking relief to "Find an Allergist." The various components are integrated well and flow seamlessly from page to page.
Most aspects of allergies and asthma are covered pretty well, giving users enough to depth to understand the important issues without overwhelming them. The site would be most appropriate for those who want to know the different types of common allergies. It's also a helpful for finding an allergist. Unfortunately no references are provided, and neither are the names of content authors.
Even though the website does not credit authors or editors, the website is sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, a highly credible professional organization for medical specialists. Some of the topics have been updated very recently; others are harder to tell in the absence of posting dates.
Clear explanations of causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of asthma and common allergies
Plenty of multimedia resources like videos and interactive checklists
Professional visual design that draws visitors in
Only some topics could be considered "recently updated"
Information on allergy treatment is minimal and often directs readers to visit an allergist
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The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, a nonprofit professional association of lung and allergy specialists established in 1942
Videos, allergist finder tool, "ask an expert" tool, newsletter, patient support, online education, immunotherapy decision-making tool