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 […]
January 25, 2017

Six back-to-school tips for your child’s allergies

    Have you noticed your child’s allergy symptoms flare-up when they go back to, or start, school? Allergic conditions – like asthma, eczema, hay fever and IBS – in school-aged children have increased over the years and symptoms often flare up when they start or go back to school, due to stress (which can increase histamine levels in the body) and other environmental factors.   Watch out for these six common causes of back-to-school allergy flare-ups: Lunch-box or canteen food – you can’t always know what your child is actually eating when they’re not with you. The nutrient dense, […]
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