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An allergy or an allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to allergens such as pollen.
Allergies are very common and affect more than 1 in 4 people in the UK. Allergies are particularly common in children, some allergies disappear or get better as a child gets older, however many allergies are lifelong conditions.
An individual can develop an allergy to foods or substances they weren’t previously allergic to in their adulthood.
The Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction
Allergic reactions happen quite rapidly with the individual affected to the Allergen within minutes of exposure.
Allergens can cause:
Worsening of Asthma or Eczema symptoms. Most allergic reactions are mild, however occasionally a sever reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can occur. This is a medical emergency and needs urgent treatment.
In most cases the most effective and ideal way of managing your allergy is to avoid the allergen that caused the reaction.
If you have a food allergy you should always check a food’s ingredient list for allergens before eating it.
There are many medications available to help control the symptoms of allergic reactions. These include:
(Source: NHS Choices)
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Asthma affects 5.4 million people in the UK, 368,000 people Scotland, including 72,000 children and about 35,000 people in the Grampian area.
One child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes for an asthma attack, and 75% of hospital admissions for asthma are avoidable.
Every day 3 people die from an asthma attack and 90% of these deaths are preventable.
At Asthma and Allergy Foundation, we are working tirelessly to change this.
Trustees of W. S Sutherland Trust recently passed on their assets to Asthma and Allergy Foundation for use towards Asthma Research that would help relieve the suffering of people with asthma in the Highlands and across Scotland. The organisation is currently working in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen towards asthma research and are looking for sponsors to make this vital work possible.