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Allergy Awareness Week: What to Know About Allergies

Published: 28/04/2016

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With around 21 million adults in the UK suffering from an allergy it’s important that people are made aware of the different types of allergies and what treatment options are available. Allergies are hypersensitive disorders of the immune system. They occur when the body makes contact with an allergen (peanuts, dust mites, pollen, etc) and responds by sending antibodies to fight off the allergen. The next time the body comes into contact with the allergen the body “remembers” it and sends more antibodies which then cause the release of chemicals that cause the allergic reaction.

The most common types of allergies people have are to grass or pollen which results in hayfever during the months of May to July, but a person can be allergic to anything and they can develop the allergy at any point in their life. Allergies can range in severity from mild to life-threatening, so it’s crucial that people receive an accurate diagnosis and management plan as soon as possible.

Another common and sometimes overlooked allergy is asthma. Its symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and breathlessness. If you suspect that you or someone you know is asthmatic, please consult a GP. Once identified, asthma can be treated effectively (but not cured). It’s important with asthma to try and avoid coming in contact with dust mites, moulds, pets, and pollens.

Awareness around food allergies is also increasing, as is the advice on how to handle them. The common skin condition eczema is also occasionally related to food allergy, but foods should only be excluded after allergy testing and expert advice.

Here at The Lister Hospital, we have several expert allergy Consultants that will be able to assist you with any allergy related issues you may have.

Call now to book an appointment on: +44 (0)20 7730 8298


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