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Managing Summertime Hay Fever

This spring and summer have seen some of the highest recorded levels of pollen in living memory.  The snow in March delayed the start of the tree pollen season which then resulted in a number of different trees pollinating at the same time, something that the Sunday Times described as a “pollen bomb”.  Inevitably, the […]

Eating and Travelling Abroad with Children with Food Allergies

Every summer I often find I am chatting with parents of my food allergic patients about their anxieties around summer holidays with sometimes exotic trips planned to far-flung places.  Inevitably this raises all sorts of issues around eating safely when overseas. It is perhaps a positive reflection on how good food labelling legislation has been […]

Immunotherapy for Hay Fever

With the remarkably high pollen counts this year, hay fever seems to be more of a problem than ever. Whilst many suffer only mild symptoms, for an important minority, the impact on quality of life can be very significant, despite good advice about taking antihistamines and nasal sprays. For those patients whose symptoms remain troublesome, […]

Top Tips for Living with Eczema

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is common in children but a proportion of individuals continue to have problems through into adulthood.  It is important to realise that in the majority of individuals, the underlying cause for eczema is probably a hereditary issue leading to dryness of the skin.  Eczema can be a miserable condition […]

How to Help Prevent Food Allergies in Babies & Children

One of the most common questions that I get asked in clinic is “what can we do to reduce the risk of food allergies developing?”.  This is particularly common amongst mothers who already have one child with food allergy and are very keen to reduce the risk of this happening again with their next.  It […]

All About Hay Fever Relief

Hay fever can be miserable and spoil what is for most people the best time of the year and despite the general thought that it is a summer only allergy, depending on the type hay fever can affect people across many months of the year. Those who are allergic to trees tend to have hay […]

The Difference Between Allergy Tests

Allergy testing is essential in the accurate diagnosis of allergies and before performing any allergy test taking a thorough clinical history by is vital as this provides the background and reasoning for requiring the allergy test.  Generally speaking, allergy tests should only be performed when the history is suggestive of allergy as a cause.  Without […]

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