Allergies - How to manage allergies


What is an allergy?

An allergy is a reaction within the immune system, to substances outside of the body, called allergens. The most common allergens are:
  • Pollen from trees and grasses
  • House dust mite, moulds
  • Pets such as cats and dogs
  • Insects like wasps and bees
  • Industrial and household chemicals
  • Medicines
  • Foods such as nuts, milk and eggs


Why are so many people suffering from allergies today?

The increase in the number of allergies appears to be linked to hygiene and environmental issues such as:
  • Warm, well-sealed homes may keep us warm, but also encourage common triggers like the house dust mite
  • We now spend on average 90% of our time indoors
  • Many people's diets are high in fat and low in fruit and vegetables
  • Fluctuating levels of air pollution

Allergies health advice

What are the symptoms of allergies?

The release of histamine from cells causes the symptoms of an allergy. The most common
symptoms of allergies are:

For further information about Allergies and Hay Fever or any related symptoms please visit your local pharmacy to see how they can help.


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