Allergy Management

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The immune system of each person is unique, and therefore so is the experience of each individual to any substance causing an allergic reaction.

The symptoms of allergy come in many different forms, ranging in their effect from a mild irritant to a severely debilitating chronic condition. About one in four of us has an allergy for all or part of our lives.

Allergies come from a wide number of causes: through a reaction to food or food additives, to pollutants in the air outside or in the home, to chemicals within our surroundings at home or work, or in the many everyday items we use. Asthma and hayfever, eczema, M.E./chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome are among the conditions now known to be suffered by allergic people. Some reactions may be life threatening: to peanuts or bee stings for example. There are also many instances of children who are cows’ milk-intolerant or who become hyperactive in response to certain food additives.

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If you are lucky, your GP may listen sympathetically to your description of symptoms, consider the possibility of allergy being the cause and refer you for tests or treatment or an appointment with a specialist.

For many of us this is not the case. Allergy is still scarcely or not at all covered in the curriculum of medical school, so there are few GPs who have the knowledge to recognise it and offer appropriate care which may in any case not be available. There are only a very few hospital based full-time allergy clinics and a totally inadequate number of allergy specialist doctors.
If you live in an area where there are no suitable resources, what can you do?

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Learning to help yourself in the management of your allergy is an option which could greatly improve your quality of life. There are ways in which we can help you to do that. The first step is to learn as much as you can about your particular allergy and what practical steps you can take to alleviate it. Freely available on this website are informative articles covering the wide spectrum of allergies and allergy-related illness. We suggest you select from our list of categories which will then take you to the articles which may help.

If your allergy or sensitivity is related to food but you don’t know which foods are triggering the reactions, you may need advice on how to track this down. Get in touch with us, so that we can recommend which books or papers will guide you on this and also those which can help you adopt a dietary regime which avoids the culprit foods.

Perhaps you haven’t found an answer to your problem on this website. Send an email to let us know your particular question and we will do our very best to research the best course of action you might take and give you a helpful reply.