Hayfever, Eczema & Asthma..”The Atopic Triad” – five things you need to know

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If you suffer from eczema you may be predisposed to developing other allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever – also referred to as the allergic or atopic ‘triad’ of symptoms. So, what do you need to know?


1) What is ‘The Atopy Triad”?

Atopy is a term used to describe a family’s tendency to develop allergic conditions like eczema, asthma and hay fever (commonly referred to as the atopic triad) in response to external environmental elements.


2) What are the warning signs?

Usually eczema appears first, in the earlier stages of childhood. Be on the lookout for dry, red, itchy and/or scaly areas of skin, or for sores that can become infected. Asthma and hay fever often develop later on in life – watch out for coughing, difficulty breathing and wheezing (asthma), or sneezing, runny nose, red/watery eyes (hay fever).


3) Why does it develop?

Antibodies are substances made by the body’s immune system in to help fight off bacteria, viruses, fungus and cancer, as well as allergens like dust and pollen. Atopy means that your body has a tendency to produce an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). And it’s this antibody which links eczema, hay fever and asthma together.

“The Atopy Triad” usually develops over time, with eczema presenting first, followed by asthma then hay fever. This is because once your immune system starts to have reactions and produces high amounts of IgE, you’re more susceptible to developing further reactions down the track.


4) Why is atopy worse during spring time?

Atopic symptoms can manifest all year round. But spring can be a particularly difficult period for hay fever and asthma sufferers because of high pollen count and rising temperatures (which are well known for sending asthmatics to the emergency room). High pollen counts can also spark symptoms in people with eczema, whose skin is still recovering from the cold, dry winter.


6) What can you do about it?

As “The Atopic Triad” usually develops over time, it is important to manage symptoms early on, and “nip it in the bud” before all symptoms present themselves.

At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use a technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify your allergy symptom triggers. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).

PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to environmental triggers that may be causing or exacerbating your symptoms.

Some cases may be complex so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.

Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!

Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.

You can also request an appointment with one of our experienced PAT practitioners in one our clinic locationsNorth Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland – by:

  • using our Request an appointment service
  • calling our head office on 1300 853 023 (Aust) / 09 479 5997 (NZ), Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).


This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

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