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Beware The Giant Hogweed This Summer!

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Beware the giant hogweed this summer!

What may be self-diagnosed as an acute allergic reaction could be a result of the harmless looking, yet dangerous giant hogweed plant. For people who come into contact with it, this plant can cause serious health problems. Unfortunately, the hot summer months are only likely to allow this weed to thrive in the UK.

As the summer firmly sets in, experts warn, do not touch this plant. More and more reports are reaching the news of unsuspecting individuals, particularly children, coming into contact with giant hogweed and experiencing a variety of painful allergy-like symptoms. When you are out enjoying nature this summer, you should be aware of what giant hogweed is, and the problems it causes. You don’t want to mistake them for an allergic reaction and seek the wrong medical treatment.

How to spot giant hogweed

The tricky thing with giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is that it can easily be mistaken for common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), elderflower (Sambucus nigra), and wild carrot (Daucus carota). Despite this, there are ways to tell it apart. Giant hogweed is much larger than these native plants. It can grow up to 6 metres tall and sometimes spans around one metre. The flower heads often reach 60cm, and giant hogweed is distinct due to its purple-hued stem, spotted leaf stalks, and thin spines. If you see a plant that looks like this, avoid it.

Giant hogweed usually grows along riverbanks, verges, and footpaths. It has been spotted in parks and cemeteries in the UK. But, originally, giant hogweed comes from central Asia. It’s classed as an invasive species, as it is non-native and can cause harm to other species and human health. It was brought here as a domesticated plant, but now it has escaped into the wild, it is causing menacing symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms resulting from contact with the sap of giant hogweed may appear very similar to an allergic reaction. The sap is phototoxic and can cause photodermatitis. This means skin becomes sensitive to sunlight, and exposure to the sun causes blisters and scarring. This scarring in extreme cases can last years. All it takes for the sap to make its mark is a simple touch or brush past the plant. The sap also causes severe burns and skin inflammation in less than 24 hours.

The relatively fast development of these symptoms may be what leads people to mistake them for an allergic reaction, especially if they are not aware of any contact with the damaging sap. In some of the worst cases, when sap comes into contact with the eyes, it can cause blindness. Blisters and rashes can become infected leading to more serious health issues. And, it is possible to have a genuine allergic reaction to giant hogweed.

If you are sure the symptoms you are experiencing are not due to giant hogweed, but you are still unsure of the cause, it is time to book an appointment with a specialist consultant. At London Allergy and Immunology centre, we can test for over 100 different allergies at once to diagnose your symptoms and find the most effective treatments. Call us today on 02031433449.

3 Strange But Very Real Allergies And Sensitivities

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3 Strange But Very Real Allergies And Sensitivities

The release of the film Midnight Sun this year, had a lot of people questioning ‘are sun allergies real?’. It’s about a girl who has a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. We should point out that allergies and sensitivities are not the same things, although both can produce very similar symptoms. In the case of Midnight Sun, the character has neither. Rather her condition is based on xeroderma pigmentosum. It’s a rare genetic disorder where the skin cannot heal itself after damaging exposure to UV light. Any exposure to the sun is forbidden.

Despite this, allergic reactions and sensitivities to sunlight do exist. It’s strange that something so natural and fundamental to life can cause such nasty reactions in people. But, this is the case with a lot of common allergies. For example, food, pollen, and medicine are all vital to our lives, but for many people, they can be fatal. Interestingly, there are some allergies and sensitivities to things most of us would never suspect, but they are real nevertheless. These are a few of them.

Water

That’s right. Even though water makes up 60% of our bodies, for some, contact with water means a painful skin rash, known as aquagenic urticaria. The understanding of why this happens is patchy at best. Most scientists don’t believe it to be a true allergy to water, but rather speculate it as a reaction to unknown, dissolved substances in the water. Or, they say it could be a reaction between these dissolved substances with some in the skin which creates a new allergen. This sensitivity, although rare, is most common in women and symptoms often start around the onset of puberty.  

Semen

Again, something that is so vital to life can cause itching, redness, burning, and swelling. It is thought to be a type-1 allergic reaction, the same as hay-fever or cat dander, and is believed to be a result of allergenic proteins produced by a man’s prostate gland. Like most allergies, this issue can appear at any time in your life, and it can be mild or severe. Severe enough to cause anaphylaxis in an unlucky few. Luckily, skin prick tests and blood antibody profiles can determine a semen allergy as doctors sometimes mistake it for a case of chronic vaginitis.

Allergy medicine

In what seems to be a cruel twist of fate, some people with allergies can be allergic to the allergy medicine. People can be allergic to any medication, but this one is particularly rare as it causes the problem it is meant to prevent. Usually, dyes and other chemicals in the medicine are responsible for the reaction. If this is the case, a person with this allergy will need to visit an allergy centre to explore other treatments, for example, immunotherapy.

At London Allergy and Immunology Centre, we’ve seen it all. No case is too strange for us to tackle. If you are experiencing symptoms that you think may be the result of an allergy or sensitivity, book an appointment with one of our specialist consultants today online or by calling 02031433449. We can do all the tests you need to determine the cause of what you’re experiencing to ensure you can live your best life.

 

https://www.allergycliniclondon.co.uk/allergies/

The History Of Hay Fever

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The History Of Hay Fever

Even those who don’t have hay fever know the summer months are notorious for causing symptoms. However, as a little as 200 years ago, no one knew hay fever existed. This seems surprising now, considering approximately 13 million people in the UK are affected by this allergy. This number is more of a testament to how much allergies have increased in the past 200 years. When John Bostock first started on the hunt for the cause of a mysterious summer illness, he could only find 28 other subjects for his research with the same symptoms. Nevertheless, Bostock managed to publish his paper titled Case of a Periodical Affection of the Eyes and Chest to the Medical and Chirurgical Society. This was the beginning of the discovery of hay fever.

The inception of hay fever

Bostock’s research described someone called JB who was a man ‘of a spare and delicate habit’. He was talking about himself. He expressed his symptoms as those typical of hay fever today. Sore, watering eyes, a running, blocked, itchy nose, sneezing, and an itchy throat being the main ones. He decided these symptoms were a result of a new illness caused by something in the summer, possibly the heat.

Modern-day hay fever

Today we know that hay fever is an allergic reaction to various pollens. Typically, it becomes more prevalent during the summer. However, the concept of allergies was not understood until the early 1900s. It’s no wonder why many were perplexed by Bostock’s research. He called the illness ‘Summer Catarrh’ and tried to convince medical professionals that it was a brand new illness to no avail. He documented the treatments he used to try to cure his affliction. They included bleeding, self-induced vomiting, cold baths, and opium, but nothing worked. It was only when general interest in Bostock’s work increased that effective treatments emerged.

Attempts at treatment

The public decided that there was a link between the symptoms Bostock described and the smell of new hay. This hay fever became fashionable among the upper class who would take trips to coastal areas to rid themselves of their symptoms, whether they had hay fever or not. The fresh sea air was becoming a popular remedy for a variety of ills at the time. Surprisingly, it was effective for hay fever as although it was unknown to the general public, there are typically lower pollen counts in coastal areas. In 1827 The Times reported that the Duke of Devonshire was afflicted with hay fever. Then in 1837 King William IV supposedly died a few days after being diagnosed with it.

The discovery of pollen

It wasn’t until another scientist with hay-fever got involved that the exact cause was finally understood. In 1859 Charles Blackley had a violent bout of hay fever after sniffing a bouquet of bluegrass. He became convinced the answer to hay fever was pollen, and he was right. The scientists at the time had no knowledge of allergies, but it was the work of Bostock and Blackley that aided the discovery of what we today understand as the common allergy to tree, grass and flower pollen.

As knowledge about hay fever improved, so did the available treatments. No longer do people have to self-induce vomiting or turn to opium. At London Allergy and Immunology centre, we offer a wide range of modern treatments to help you deal with your allergies. To see how we can rid you of your symptoms book an appointment with one of our consultants today.

https://www.allergycliniclondon.co.uk/hay-fever/

Allergic To Cats? Which Breed Should You Buy?

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Allergic to cats? Which breed should you buy?

Allergic to cats? You’re not alone. Despite large numbers of people experiencing allergy symptoms, cats are still one of the most beloved and common pets across the world. However, there are some breeds out there that cause more allergy symptoms than others. Contrary to popular belief, the most common cause of cat allergies is not down to the hair. Allergic reactions caused by cats usually comes down to one of two glycoproteins. Fel d 1, secreted through the cat’s skin; and Fel d 4, which is found in the saliva.

So when choosing your new feline friend, bear these breeds in mind:

Sphynx

Famous for its hairlessness, the Sphynx is one of the best hypoallergenic breeds out there. With no fur for Fel d 1 to get caught up in, the Sphynx is a perfect choice. It requires a weekly sponge bath to prevent a build-up of oils on the skin.

Siberian

Despite its long coat, Siberians have been noted to produce less Fel d 1 than many other breeds. The Siberian will need plenty of brushing to ensure no excess fur gets trapped, reducing the amount of Fel d 1 present.

Balinese

Like the Siberian, the Balinese produces less Fel d 1 than average. Their coats are not as long as the Siberian, meaning less dander. Though it’s always essential to stay on top of grooming when it comes to allergies.

Cornish Rex

Cat hair is often triple-layered. The Cornish Rex only has the lowest layer meaning they have less hair to shed. This means there is less Fel d 1 scattered about your home, though the Cornish Rex grooms itself just as much as any other breed, so take care with this one!

Devon Rex

A more allergy friendly breed than its close relative, the Cornish Rex. The Devon Rex has a similar coat to its Cornish cousin, but it is even shorter. It even sheds less than other breeds do.

Bonus: No matter what breed you choose, females produce less of either glycoprotein.

At the end of the day, the breed of your cat can only do so much to alleviate allergy symptoms. Constant maintenance goes a long way. A regular grooming routine will ease the experience of brushing and bathing your cat. Vacuuming your home and keeping your cat out of your bedroom will also do wonders. Finally, ALWAYS wash your hands after contact with your cat.

If you are allergic to cats, there are desensitisation options available to you. London Allergy and Immunology centre’s specialist consultants can talk you through the information you need to understand your options when it comes to treating your allergies. Book an appointment with us today to take the first steps towards living with your pet allergy-symptom free.

https://www.allergycliniclondon.co.uk/which-cats-are-best-for-allergies/

Living With A Dog Allergy

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Living With A Dog Allergy

26% of people in the UK own a dog, and with good reason. Dogs aren’t known as ‘man’s best friend’ for nothing. They are one of the most loving, caring, and loyal pets anyone can ask for. Their intelligence allows them to be trained as guide dogs, therapy dogs, guard dogs, police dogs, and so much more. Their presence in society is essential to many people’s lives. Even the ones that just lie on the settee all day and pass wind still bring immense joy to their owners.

Are you allergic to dogs?

There’s nothing like walking into your house and being greeted by your furry friend. But for people with a dog allergy, walking into a house with a pooch inside also means being greeted by sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, and a rash. An allergy to dogs means missing out on the quality they bring to a dog lover’s life. This can be particularly disheartening to those who grew up with dogs but had an adult-onset allergy.

Can you avoid symptoms?

For those who are determined to be around pups, regardless of their dog allergy, for those whose symptoms are manageable and non-severe, there is good news. Some dogs are less likely to trigger allergies than others, although no dog is completely allergy safe. It is possible to only be allergic to certain breeds or a particular sex, due to the different allergens they produce. For example, some allergenic proteins are produced by the prostate gland. If you are allergic to these specific proteins, it would result in you being allergic to male dogs rather than female.

Causes

Dog allergies are caused by allergic reactions to proteins most commonly found in a dog’s saliva, urine, and dander. This is why dogs that shed less and have low amounts of dander are considered to be better for people with allergies as it reduces the spread of allergens around your home. You are less likely to breathe allergens in. Low-shed and low-dander breeds include poodles, Basenjis, Yorkshire terriers, Shih Tzus, Afghan hounds, and schnauzers.

What’s the solution?

But having a dog that sheds less won’t guarantee you are symptom-free. There is still the problem of their saliva and urine, which is sometimes unavoidable. If you are living with dogs, and experience symptoms due to an allergy there are treatments available to minimise your reactions. Densisitation can reduce your itching, sneezing, running nose, and watery eyes. Although antihistamines might be effective to some allergies, they come with some side effects like dry mouth, nausea, blurred vision, drowsiness, and dizziness. This makes it difficult to go about your day if you are using them every day. If you are looking for a long-term solution to your dog allergy, get in touch.

 

If you’re looking for a solution to your dog allergy, book an appointment with London Allergy and Immunology Centre today. Our specialist consultants can provide you with the best treatment for you. We’ll create a long-term plan to manage ongoing symptons. Allowing you to live the way you want to.

Treating Swollen Eyes  

Most people love the summer. Great weather, beautiful sunshine, nature in full bloom. What’s not to love. Well, for some of us, the summer weather can bring a season of allergies. As summer appears to be coming into full swing, it’s important to know how to deal with allergy symptoms. When it comes to eye symptoms, it can range from mild irritation to severe vision impairment. During the summer, hay-fever sufferers are more likely to become triggered by things like pollen. Though other allergies, like dust, pet dander, and perfume, can also cause severe eye reactions.   

The most common form of eye allergy is seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (or SAC). The typical symptoms include itching, redness, and swelling. These symptoms often come alongside the common symptoms associated with hay fever; such as sneezing and nasal congestion.

If you have suffered an allergic reaction and your eyes are swelling, the first step you should take to wash your face. By washing your face, you’ll be getting rid of any allergens that are still stuck to your skin. Always be sure to cleanse yourself of allergens before treating symptoms. Any lingering allergens could worsen your reaction or cause it to return following treatment.

Once you’re confident that you’re free of allergens, rinse out your eyes. Use a little bit of water to rinse allergens from the inside of your eyes to prevent further swelling. After rinsing, use a wet flannel or towel, or even a frozen bag of vegetables, to reduce the swelling. Lie down and lay your cold aid over your eyes and let the cool temperatures soothe your symptoms. They’ll even relieve any itchiness.

If your cold aids don’t provide much help there are over the counter remedies that could work but it is always better to determine the root of the problem before relying on long-term remedies. Prevention does help so it pays to stay vigilant during the summer months. When pollen counts reach their highest, try and stay indoors as much as you can. Wearing glasses or sunglasses can minimise pollen exposure around your eyes. When indoors, use wet cloths to dust surfaces as opposed to dry-dusting, and use mite-proof covers for bedding. While these can be effective, they aren’t reliable solutions. Immunotherapy could be a solution for an allergy-free future.

The best way to avoid eye swelling and symptoms of an allergic reaction is to avoid the triggering substances. If you don’t know what these substances are, it is wise to book an allergy test to determine your triggers to allow you to live stress-free and safe. At The London Allergy & Immunology Centre, we test for a selection of more than 600 allergens when you book an appointment with one of our consultants.

 

Treating Swollen Eyes  

Are You Nervous About Your D.I.Y Home Allergy Test?

Every week, we share instalments with you on allergies, how to better understand them, and what the cause might be. Recently we had a patient who (self-admitted) made it quite difficult for herself to be tested. She didn’t feel comfortable coming to the clinic, and so a home kit seemed like the most viable option. She came a long way in her confidence to take the test and was kind enough to give her feedback. We thought we’d share this with those feeling hesitant about having a blood test.

 

“My first experience with a do-it-yourself-at-home allergy kit was horrendous.

 

I know. It’s a weird way to start a five-star review, but I implore you to hear me out.

 

I’ll start from the beginning.

 

I’m quite a stubborn individual. You’ll recognise the type; the one that rolls up their sleeves as they throw out the instructions because “I don’t need them.” It’s also handy to know that I am deathly afraid of needles.

 

After stabbing myself with all the injectors and barely a drop of blood came out I’d convinced myself I was a vampire and it didn’t work. So I threw the kit away and thought I’d deal with the itchy skin and runny nose unaware of its cause.

 

Then I experienced anaphylactic shock. Which, unsurprisingly, changed my mind. It was horrible, I was letting my dinner go down when my throat started to swell, and I could feel my airways tightening and constricting. I won’t go into the details, but it wasn’t pleasant.

 

Up until this point, I’d get random bouts of allergy rashes on my hands and legs, now and then my lips would blow up like a duck in a way those craving botox would envy. It wasn’t pretty. Certain foods made me feel sick, but I’d become so used to tolerating feeling intolerant it just seemed easier to cope than to fix it.

 

I filled in the questionnaire on the website www.UKallergy.com and in the lab sent me a home kit with a video to watch so that I could get tested properly. They were really comforting and easy to talk to about my symptoms and persuaded me – that if I follow the simple eight-step instructions – it would be easy and relatively painless.

 

They were right.

 

For one thing, I left my hands wet the first time around and so it was no wonder barely any blood could form. I didn’t stand up to let the blood circulate, and I didn’t use warm water to soften my hands first. This time, it took seconds, I got all the blood I needed with the first insertion, and really, it wasn’t that sore!

Following the instructions this time it was as they promised and I finally got the test done. I’m really grateful for the help and the support from The London Allergy and Immunology Centre.”

 

If you’re feeling nervous about taking your own blood for your allergy test, like patient A, there’s no need to be. We are here to help you every step of the way. Take a look at our help page. Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions and a straightforward video that will explain all. Together, we can uncover the allergens and prevent your daily discomfort.

 

Are You Nervous About Your D.I.Y Home Allergy Test?

Does Breastfeeding Prevent Allergies In Babies?

When it comes to choosing to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, the choice often comes down to what is best for your baby. Every mother wants what is best for their children and each method has its benefits. Those who choose to go down the natural route of breastfeeding might do so due to the amazing benefits it can bring to your child’s health. This is unsurprising as breast milk is the result of thousands of years of evolution. It is specifically designed to create healthy offspring.

 

Breast milk is linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood, a lower chance of obesity, a lower risk of diabetes and some cancers, as well as being the perfect way to bond with your baby. Breast milk also provides your baby with essential antibodies that help build up their immune system. This is why some studies claim breastfeeding lowers your child’s risk of asthma and other allergies. But is this true?

 

The rate of growth in people with allergies over the past few decades is astonishing.  Only a generation ago, you may have been hard-pressed to find a child in the class with a food allergy. Now, as much as 40% of children suffer from allergies in the UK.  The reasons for this sharp increase in allergies vary and are contested. No one knows for sure why it is happening. But, theories include a lack of exposure to allergens, increased exposure to allergens, changes in diet, or living in environments that are too clean.

 

Some studies suggest that a lack of breastfeeding results in increased risk of allergies. They argue formula doesn’t provide the same benefits to the immune system as breast milk. Paediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics claim that exclusive breastfeeding for at least four months helps protect children at high-risk against milk allergies and eczema. This is in comparison to children who were formula or partially breastfed. Other studies suggest that breastfeeding reduces the occurrence of allergies in children. It is argued to be most effective when the mother ate eggs, peanuts, and shellfish during pregnancy. These findings relate to the theory that exposure to allergens early on can reduce sensitivity to them. This could prevent allergies.

 

But, evidence also exists to suggest that there is no link between breastfeeding and allergy prevention in children. A Swedish study found that adults who were breastfed had a higher risk of developing hay fever and eczema. Other studies found no significant difference in allergies between breast and bottle fed children. What this tells us is the evidence to support the idea that breastfeeding prevents allergies is weak at best. Studies supporting breastfeeding for allergy prevention do not show a causal link between the two things, only that they are related. This means that any links found could be due to other factors.

 

For example, some studies found a link between class and allergies. Higher class individuals had an increased risk of hay fever but a lower risk of asthma. The varying results from studies on the causes and prevention of allergies show a need for further research. From the evidence, we cannot say breastfeeding definitely reduces the risk of allergies. So, when it comes to deciding whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed, weigh up the evidence but don’t let the fear of allergies stand in the way of your decision.

 

If you’re worried that your child has an allergy, book an appointment with one of our consultants today. Our consultants will provide their expert option we have a choice of more than 400 allergy tests in the clinic as well as screening test for 112 allergens; allowing you to take the next steps in reducing your little one’s symptoms.

 

https://www.allergycliniclondon.co.uk/does-breastfeeding-prevent-allergies-in-babies/

How Is Your Hay Fever Related To Oral Allergy Syndrome?

Spring is well underway, and those who suffer from birch pollen allergies will be more than aware of the warmer weather. Birch trees are native to the UK and provide food and habitats for many species. Their leaves are rich in vitamin C and are used to make medicines like those used for urinary tract infections or as diuretics. Birch is a useful addition to British ecosystems. But its pollen is one of the most allergenic pollens in the UK. Around the middle of March, they begin to flower, depending on the weather. This can cause extreme discomfort for those with hay fever. But, a birch pollen allergy can also be related to other allergy symptoms in ways you may not have previously realised.

 

Does your mouth or throat ever get itchy when you eat raw fruits or vegetables? If this happens to you, you could be suffering from oral allergy syndrome (OAS). This is an allergic reaction to foods that contain similar proteins to certain pollens. Birch pollen is a popular allergen which has proteins very similar to those found in many raw foods. Foods that can cause OAS include:

 

Fruits

Apples, cherries, kiwis, peaches, pears, plums, oranges, bananas, watermelons, and apricots.

 

Vegetables

Celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, squash, courgette, and aubergines.

 

Nuts

Almonds and hazelnuts.

 

These are some of the common foods that cause OAS. However, you may experience it with others. Common pollen allergens that mimic those in fruit are birch, which is prevalent in the spring, timothy or orchard grass, found in the summer, and mugwort and ragweed in the autumn/winter.

 

OAS is an allergic reaction to food that has similar proteins to a variety of pollens. This means if you have a pollen allergy you can also have OAS. When your body mistakes these proteins as a threat, it can lead to an allergic reaction to the food. Your symptoms may include swelling of your throat, mouth, lips, or tongue. It is not common for people with OAS to have a severe allergic reaction, and it is usually confined to the mouth or throat. But, these symptoms can be managed.

 

You could try avoiding the foods which cause an OAS reaction, especially if they are raw. Certain prescriptions can relieve itching, scratchy throats, and watery eyes. A more long-term solution could be immunotherapy. There have been mixed reactions to immunotherapy as a treatment for OAS, with varied success. One study showed how immunotherapy increased participant’s toleration of birch pollen triggers. But, they did not completely overcome OAS symptoms. As OAS symptoms are not usually dangerous, choosing to try immunotherapy may depend on the severity and frequency of your symptoms. It is always best to speak to a medical professional about your options for treating OAS and other allergies.

 

London Allergy and Immunology centre’s specialist consultants can talk you through the information you need to understand your options when it comes to treating your allergies. We can test you for allergies and offer a wide range of treatments. Book an appointment with us today to take the first steps towards living allergy-symptom free.

 

https://www.allergycliniclondon.co.uk/how-is-your-hay-fever-related-to-oral-allergy-syndrome/

Everyday Items That Could Be Causing Allergy Symptoms

Experiencing skin irritation, rashes, watery eyes, and running noses is annoying. But what is even more annoying is experiencing these symptoms and not knowing why. Is it an allergy? If so, what are you allergic to? Is your detergent a bit too strong for your skin? Are you developing hay fever? You just don’t know. Luckily, allergy tests are available to identify the cause of your symptoms. If you haven’t gotten around to being tested yet, here are some everyday items that you may never have suspected could cause allergy-like symptoms.

 

Your phone and electronics

This isn’t just our way of telling you to stop spending so much time on your phone. Some handsets and other electronics contain metals like nickel and cobalt which cause skin irritation at the point of contact. Allergic Living found a surge in the number of reported nickel sensitivities/allergies. Not helpful as we succumb further to the digital age.

 

Jewellery and accessories

Similarly to the above, a lot of jewellery and accessories contain metals that cause skin irritation or rashes. Nickel, for example, is found in glasses, belts, earrings, coins, keys, and underwire in bras. If you’re experiencing skin irritation on your body as it comes into contact with a suspicious metal, it is worth finding out if this could be caused by contact with a metal that you’re sensitive to.

 

Clothing

It may be unusual for a person to be allergic to clothes fibres but sometimes it does happen. People have been known to be allergic to lanolin, a fatty substance found on sheep’s wool. But, more commonly, people are allergic or sensitive to finishing resins, dyes, glues, and chemicals found in clothing, bags, and shoes. This can cause skin irritation.

 

Latex

Latex allergies are not unheard of, but sometimes you may not realise which household products contain latex and can trigger a reaction. These include children’s toys, balloons, rubber bands, shoe soles, gloves, paint, bandages, condoms, baby bottles, raincoats, sports equipment, and buttons. That’s a lot to look out for, but it may be necessary if you think you have a latex allergy.

 

Alcohol

Sulphites in wine have been known to trigger asthma symptoms in people with asthma. Also when coming into contact with alcohol, some people experience rhinitis, sneezing, and coughing.

 

Trees

It is no secret that pollen from trees causes hay fever and nuts from them can cause severe allergic reactions. But you can also be allergic to sap from trees such as Pine. Usually, you have to touch the sap to experience the allergy symptoms or irritation. But, for example, if you burn a lot of pine at once, allergens can also travel through the air.

 

Not all of these symptoms will be a result of having a true allergy to these common items. Sometimes, irritation can occur if you are sensitive to a substance, without going through the physical process of having an allergic reaction. But, symptoms of sensitivity may mimic those of an allergic reaction.

 

To be on the safe side, you can book an allergy test with one of our consultants. We offer a range of simple, accurate allergy tests that test you for over 100 allergies at once so that you can have peace of mind when it comes to your health.

 

https://www.allergycliniclondon.co.uk/everyday-items-that-could-be-causing-allergy-symptoms/

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