Avoidance

Allergen avoidance remains one of the most important parts of managing any allergy although it can be challenging. Effective food allergy management requires not only a working understanding of food labels but also strategies to manage advisory labels such as ‘may contain’, and also effective approaches to ensuring adequate alternative to foods being avoided and approaches to managing travel and other social events. Our dietitians are experts in this area and can provide ongoing support.

Allergen avoidance is also important for respiratory allergies. Our team can also advise on the most suitable methods to reduce exposure to dust mites as well as advise on home allergen level testing. We also advise on which approaches do not have any proven value. Recent innovations have also resulted in allergen avoidance being used as more active treatment such as Airsonnett – a laminar airflow device, clinical proven to improve asthma. Our team can advise and facilitate access to this new treatment where appropriate.

Written by

Professor Adam Fox

Date reviewed: March 2021

Adam Fox is a Professor of Paediatric Allergy with over 20 years experience in both the NHS and private sector. Professor Fox is Commercial Medical Director at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London and the founding Director of the KCL Allergy Academy, a postgraduate educational programme, which was a finalist at the BMJ Awards in 2018.

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