Healthy Air At Home – And Travelling

Maxima Skelton advises on ways to combat pollution. The term ‘air pollution’ is widely used in the news. Many people think that air pollution only occurs in inner cities and towns, but this is a common misconception. In fact, the World Health Organisation defines air pollution as “contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment [...]

Hayfever – by Linda Gamlin

Once it was thought to be something of a joke, the affliction of posh people. Now millions suffer. Linda Gamlin explains why and offers practical advice for relieving it. Daffodils in flower just after Christmas and volleys of sneezing in early February – what’s the connection? The answer of course is ‘climate change’, with the [...]

Titanium Sensitivity and Safety – by Alex Gazzola

It’s not an allergy which many people, including experts, have heard of, and yet for some, titanium – in the form of the colouring and UV absorber titanium dioxide – could be causing sensitivities and other problems. Alex Gazzola reports. Named after the Titans of Greek mythology, titanium is an extremely strong metal, highly resistant to corrosion, [...]

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 [...]