With the pollen season well and truly upon us this month we
look at allergies. 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from Hay Fever and of those
95% are allergic to grass pollen.
The Met Office have a pollen forecast as well as a list of when different
pollens are likely to be peaking during the year.
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]
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]
Hay fever Hay Fever is an annoying condition characterised by sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, itching of throat and ears or sore itchy eyes.... [More]
Sinusitis Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining of one or more of the sinuses. These are air filled cavities in the bones of the skull and face, which connect with the nose through small openings. There are four pairs of sinuses: the frontal sinuses sit above the eyes in the forehead, the maxillary sinuses lie behind the cheekbones, the sphenoid pair rests behind the nose, and the ethmoid sinuses are located between the eyes and the bridge of the nose.... [More]
Urticaria (Hives) Urticaria is often referred to as nettle rash or hives. The disorder causes wheals in the skin.... [More]