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Desensitisation – an alternative treatment – by Dr Damien Downing

Described by Dr Damien Downing MBBS, MSB, President, British Society for Ecological Medicine. Over the past 30 years we have been living through an epidemic of allergies and autoimmune diseases (and cancers). Our genes cannot have changed enough to account for this; the one thing that could explain all three and which has changed dramatically [...]

The Growing Problem with Fragrance – by Alex Gozzola

A 2012 report recommended that the number of fragrance allergens subject to compulsory individual labelling when they are present in cosmetic products should be increased from the current 26 to around 130 – and that three should be banned altogether. Alex Gazzola reveals the 300-page report’s key findings, looks at how those sensitive to fragrances [...]

Hay Fever and Environmental Allergies

Edited extracts from the online forum held for one week (April 27-May 3) on www.talkallergy.com in partnership with AAA, NHS Choices and King’s College London Academy 7 year old seems to have hay fever I suffer with hay fever and thought my daughter had escaped. However, she has various food allergies and seems to be [...]

“Good” versus “Bad” Plants for a low allergen garden – by Dr Tim Wreghitt

At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-26) the Royal College of Pathologists will showcase which plants to choose when creating a garden area to minimize the risk of respiratory allergies such as hay fever and asthma caused by exposure to wind-borne plant pollens. As well as low allergen plants, the garden [...]

The facts about PPD and Hair Colorants

From The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) What is PPD? PPD (paraphenylenediamine or p-phenylenediamine) is an ingredient used in permanent (also known as oxidative) hair colorants. PPD is permitted as a hair colorant ingredient by the European Cosmetics Directive, 76/768/EEC (now re-cast as the Cosmetics Regulation No. 1223/2009). This means PPD is allowed for [...]

Immunotherapy – The Cutting Edge – by Alex Gazzola

On 11thOctober 2011, King’s College London Allergy Academy held an immunotherapy (IT) study day at St Thomas’ Hospital. Alex Gazzola attended a series of talks examining the ‘cutting edge’ of IT as it stands today. Dr Caroline Bussmann, assistant physician and research fellow in the laboratory of immunobiology at the University of Bonn, Germany, [...]

Infant Food Allergies: Prevention and Early Feeding – by Janice Joneja

New guidelines explained by Janice Joneja Ph.D, RD One of the most significant changes in paediatric food allergy management in recent years has been in strategies to prevent food allergy in early infancy.  Previously the idea prevailed that if the most highly allergenic foods are withheld from the infant until the immune and digestive systems [...]

Worming my way out of allergy, food intolerance, MCS and more… by John Scott

John Scott My health problems began in early childhood with allergic asthma, which segued into perennial rhinitis in my teens and sinusitis in my twenties. Then, in my thirties, I began to experience difficulty tolerating food, at which point I consulted some of the best allergists in the UK.  This led to a diagnosis of [...]