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Allergies are common amongst people of all ages. They are thought to affect 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their lives. It is not clear why this happens, but most people affected usually have a family history of allergies. People can develop allergies to things they weren’t allergic to previously. Your body can react to something which is usually harmless and can cause some unpleasant symptoms. Symptoms are usually mild for most people, but for some these can be very severe and have an impact on their day-to-day activities.
Allergens are things that can cause an allergic reaction, which usually occur when your immune system overreacts. These reactions can come from everyday things like tree/grass pollen, which we know as Hay fever. Some people may develop itchy skin and a rash known as Hives. It can also cause flair ups in people who already suffer from eczema or asthma.
In some serious cases it can cause swelling around your mouth and throat. This can lead to more complex issues which can affect your breathing. A serious allergic reaction is known as Anaphylaxis. You may need immediate treatment and hospitalisation if you have a severe reaction.
There are many types of effective treatments available for people who suffer for mild allergies to help manage the condition. Some people can manage the symptoms by identifying and avoiding allergens which can cause triggers. Some may need some extra help in the form of medications, usually known as Antihistamines. You may also find relief in using decongestants in the form of eye drops and nasal sprays. Whatever treatment you choose we are here to help and offer a wide range of options for you to choose from.