As it is Allergy Awareness week on 22 April we thought we’d have an allergy special this month. Did you know just sitting on a bed or sofa disturbs the house dust mite dropping which then stay airborne for at least 30 minutes? That’s just sitting down! If you are let’s say, a bit more, ahem, active then there must be clouds of the stuff.
Allergies and the house dust mite The house-dust mite is a microscopic creature that lives in soft furnishings in the house. It thrives in warm, humid conditions. Its diet consists of scales shed from human skin. It is the waste products of these mites that allergic people react to. Evidence has shown that although it is impossible to totally eradicate this mite, taking measures which decrease their numbers and clear your environment of their waste products, can reduce allergic symptoms.... [More]
Anaphylaxis Severe, possible life-threatening allergic reactions are increasing. Peanut allergy affects at least 1:200 children. Some children are so allergic to peanuts that the mere inhalation of peanut fumes can be enough to trigger a reaction. Fortunately, this level of allergic response is rare.... [More]
Asthma Asthma is a disease of the small tubes (airways) in the lungs. The lining of these airways gets inflamed, swells up and produces excessive amounts of phlegm (sputum). The muscles in the wall of these airways can go into a spasm.... [More]
Atopic eczema and dermatitis Eczema and dermatitis are really just different words for the same condition. The main characteristics are of an inflammation of the skin, usually associated with dryness, with skin scales present. The rash is very often itchy, and although it can happen anywhere on the body, common sites include the scalp, behind the knees and the sides of the elbows. It is in the same class of illnesses as asthma and hayfever, and if you or your family members have these conditions, you will be more likely than others to develop eczema.... [More]
Urticaria (Hives) Urticaria is often referred to as nettle rash or hives. The disorder causes wheals in the skin.... [More]
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