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  1. What is an allergy?

    An allergy is basically a condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a harmless protein-based substance in the environment.

  2. What are the likely causes of allergies?

    Non-toxic everyday things like fish, milk, nuts, peanuts, wheat, eggs (especially egg-white), plant pollen, dust mite excrement, wool, Fel d 1 (a protein found in cat saliva), dander, medications like penicillin, moths, mosquito sting and foods such as corn and sesame can cause allergies.

  3. Can I develop allergies at any age?

    Developing allergies at any age is possible. Most people who develop adult-onset allergies usually do so in their twenties and thirties. Allergies also develop in childhood; they remain dormant until reactivated by re-exposure in adult life.

  4. What happens to our children if both my partner and I have allergies?

    Allergies can be passed on through Atopy –an inherited genetic tendency. Having both parents as allergy sufferers have a 60% chance of your offspring having allergies.

  5. Will there be a worsening reaction witheach subsequent stingif I react to wasp stings?

    Predicting the mildened or worsened reaction from a future sting is a no-no. Although, it is more likely to occur with the same intensity.

  6. If I have hayfever, will the medications affect my natural ability to fight the pollen?

    No, your immune system won’t be affected by hayfever medication because it’s safe and will control systems. The same holds for eczema and asthma medication.

  7. What’s the difference between allergy and intolerance?

    Allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. In some cases, it can be mild or life-threatening like anaphylaxis. Intolerance symptoms are generally less serious, do not involve the immune system, and often limited to digestive problems.

  8. Which allergy tests are the most reliable allergy tests to carry out?

    For immediate allergic reactions, Skin Prick Tests using extracts of allergens and blood RAST or allergen-specificIgE tests are most reliable, while Patch Tests are reliable for delayed allergic biodiversity to foods, chemicals, and metals.

  9. If I’m allergic to peanuts, will I react to all nuts?

    Peanuts are legumes,and nuts grow on trees. They’re different food families, but coincidentally 50% of peanut allergic children also react to tree nuts and sesame seed. No two nuts have the same protein content and allergy-potential.

  10. Can asthma inhalers cause steroids side-effects such as thinning of bones and skin?

    No, if used correctly. Asthma preventer inhalers contain cortisone,and it’s safe at the recommended dosages.

  11. Can I cure my allergy?

    Allergies are transient with age; children with food allergies grow into asthma. Fish and nuts allergies tend to persist while milk and eggs allergies can be outgrown.

  12. What’s desensitisation immunotherapy?

    A process of treating some allergies using small doses of non-allergic substance—this allergen buildup causes immune tolerance (IgG antibodies) to develop. It treats Grass pollen hayfever,but trials for peanut allergy are underway. Avoid unsupervised immunotherapy.

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