February 2, 2017

Four theories for why you developed allergies

  Do you ever wonder why you suffer from allergies when others don’t? It may be because you are an ‘atopic’ individual. Being ‘atopic’ means that your immune system, Immunoglobulin (IgE) in particular, is more hypersensitive and is more likely to react to the allergens it’s exposed to. Why some people suffer from atopy while others don’t is not completely understood, but there are several theories: Allergies are inherited – children with one parent with an allergy-related condition (such as asthma or eczema) have a 30 to 50 per cent higher risk of developing an allergy-related condition in their lifetime. […]
February 2, 2017

The allergy pattern in infants, toddlers and young children

Many allergy sufferers first develop symptoms during infancy or childhood (2). These childhood allergies tend to develop in a progressive pattern and present themselves in different ways depending on age   Infants Eczema and digestive symptoms – like reflux, diarrhoea, bloating and constipation – are usually signs of food allergies. While some infants present with these symptoms from birth, many don’t until shortly after starting on solid foods, particularly egg and dairy.   Toddlers Toddlers who experience eczema and digestive symptoms as infants are prone to developing hay fever, which is usually triggered by reactions to pollens and grasses. Hay […]
December 15, 2016

Three ways to avoid end of year burnout and safe guard your allergies this holiday season

For many of us, the end of year break is a time for some well-earned R and R. But, despite the sleep ins and lazing about, the holiday season can bring a surprising level of tiredness. This is also known as ‘end-of- year burnout’. End-of- year burnout symptoms can manifest both physically and emotionally, and may result in a weakened immune system and inflammation, which makes you more susceptible to allergy symptoms. So here are three ways to keep it at bay …   Watch your alcohol consumption – as our social calendar fills up, so does our glass! But […]
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