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Why everyone should be tested for allergies

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Why everyone should be tested for allergies

There are countless allergens in the environment and although the public has a general awareness of allergies, they, unfortunately, don’t know enough. A lot of us don’t really have a deeper understanding of how exactly allergies work. Allergens go beyond the common pollen allergies or a sneeze when around a pet dog. Often times allergens are hiding in plain sight, part of common products in everyday life such as plasters or medicine. It’s why allergy tests are so critical. We shouldn’t just expect hives, runny noses, or severe side effects like anaphylaxis as the norm. There’s a lot more to us underneath the surface.

Culture

Allergies can often go ignored and are not talked about enough. This has become evident in the way we live in the contemporary world. Many individuals opt to go gluten-free or avoid certain chemicals. While this is a personal choice and not to be judged, it has inadvertently created a culture in which allergens and intolerances are being undermined.

However, these trends could be seen to bring things like gluten allergies to the forefront of the public’s minds. Even 10 years ago not many people knew about the prevalence of gluten and gluten intolerances. It has no doubt led to more people realising they are living with a condition they didn’t realise they had. And that still may not be enough.

Risk

A factor that isn’t highlighted enough is that some allergens are often something we wouldn’t consider to be a risk. With events like Bonfire Night, Christmas, and New Year’s coming up, there’ll be a lot of fireworks. Although firework displays are fun they aren’t always fun for those with conditions like asthma, as well as those with respiratory allergies, especially if the air is damp as smoke can linger for longer.

Reactions

Another significant component of allergies to highlight is that a reaction doesn’t always occur immediately. This means that without knowing it you may experience a severe reaction later on in the day. Without knowledge about your allergies, you risk putting yourself in danger of an anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly.

Age

It’s also critical to highlight that individuals are vulnerable to developing up an allergy at any age. Even if you didn’t react at all to pollen as a child, you might be struck with a sudden case of a runny nose and watery eyes in your mid-thirties. And with more chemicals being used to grow our food and used in our cosmetics, allergy tests are essential.

Allergies need to be taken seriously and, with the right knowledge and tools, you lower the risk tenfold of danger if you are aware of your allergies. You’ll be aware of what to avoid and what to do in an emergency. We highly recommend allergy tests as soon as possible.

Request an allergy test today or contact us for more details. Find out once and for all if you really do have an allergy or not and start living a more comfortable future.

Everything you need to know about airborne allergies

Airborne allergies

Everything you need to know about airborne allergies

There are several types of allergies and with recent news about cafes and restaurants not fully labelling their products with the allergens they contain, the public is learning more about allergies. A lot of people are probably aware of allergies such as gluten or dairy, but what about lesser-known allergens? Airborne allergies can cause a multitude of symptoms; some are as minor as fatigue to the more irritable symptoms like itchy and watery eyes. Unfortunately, allergies can cause continuous discomfort throughout an individual’s day. Some of these might surprise you as they include everyday objects that are otherwise unassuming. These include:

All allergies can be extremely dangerous if left untested.

Allergies such as these ones are caused by the body’s immune system treating allergens as a foreign substance. In response to this, the body reacts by producing large amounts of Immunoglobulin E (IgE). For different allergies, there are different types of IgE. These antibodies stick to the body’s mast cells which are a type of blood cell. This reaction, combined with the release of chemicals like histamine, can cause inflammation.

If you continually experience any of the following symptoms, we highly recommend requesting an allergy test:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Itchy throat
  • Skin rashes

Causes

If you suddenly start sneezing when you’re around allergens such as pet hair or pollen, it can be caused by a lack of exposure. If you’ve lived your life in a city with minimal plant life for example, suddenly being in a pollen-filled environment may trigger hay fever.

In some cases, you may have always had an allergy present. But it may have been so minor that you didn’t even notice as it caused minimal discomfort. It’s also possible that the allergy increased during adulthood.

Another reason may be that little exposure to bacteria and dirt may increase vulnerability to allergies as the body suppresses the natural development of the immune system. So when our immune system does come into contact with unclean environments, the body overreacts.

Management

There are several ways to manage allergies including:

  • Avoiding triggering environments, ingredients, and other allergens
  • Taking an antihistamine and using nasal sprays
  • Regularly cleaning your home

As highlighted by the recent incidents at Pret A Manger and Wagamama, it’s extremely critical to find out whether you have allergies or not. One in five people in the UK have at least one allergy, if not more, which illustrates just how common the issue is.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy or intolerance, it’s best to find out the cause as soon as possible to reduce discomfort.

If you think you might be suffering from allergies but have never had them diagnosed, why not order one of our home testing kits today? Find out once and for all what’s causing you to sneeze and cough. Request an allergy test with us today or visit our website.

Contact dermatitis: what you need to know

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis: what you need to know

With the winter months approaching, contact dermatitis can take a turn for the worse, with the cold weather affecting dry skin even more. If you have dermatitis or think you might, this is what you need to know about the skin condition.

What is it?

Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema that is triggered by allergens, specific chemicals, or certain substances. The most obvious and primary way to identify eczema is dry, itchy skin. Unlike other forms of eczema, the affected skin will usually clear up if contact with a trigger is stopped.

Symptoms

Other than dryness or itchiness, other symptoms can include:

  • Blistering
  • Bumps
  • Discharge from the skin
  • Scaly skin
  • A ‘tight’ feeling in the skin

Differences

Before we delve into the causes of dermatitis, it’s critical to establish the differences between irritant and allergic contact dermatitis.

Both conditions cause the skin to itch, dry out, and turn red, but they are also completely different. Irritant contact dermatitis is usually more widespread and, unlike allergic contact dermatitis, doesn’t involve the immune system so isn’t an allergy. As its name suggests, irritant contact dermatitis occurs due to exposure to irritants. However, allergic contact dermatitis is more localised and can cause the skin to blister and swell.

There is also a third type called photocontact dermatitis. This is far less common than the other types and occurs when the active ingredients in a skin product are exposed to the sun which can lead to the skin being irritated.

Causes

Common causes of allergic contact dermatitis might include:

  • Jewellery
  • Latex
  • Perfumes or fragrances

Common causes of irritant contact dermatitis might include:

  • Strong chemical products like bleach
  • Detergents
  • Soap

If you think you suffer from contact dermatitis, the following points are essential to think about:

  • When did it first start?
  • Are you aware of specific triggers?
  • Have you used any new products?

Patch test

If you’ve been using new products that may be causing your skin to react negatively, try eliminating them from your routine and see if this makes a difference and clears your skin. Any new products you do use, be sure to check the ingredients list and do a patch test before using.

A patch test can be carried out at home. All you have to do is apply a small amount of product to a ‘patch’ of your body (such as the inside of your elbow) and after a few hours, look for any signs of irritation. If your skin reacts, you’ll notice some itching or swelling in the area you applied the product too. Patch testing can help you identify which chemicals are causing your skin to react.

We highly recommend that you have an allergy test to determine whether or not you have dermatitis, and what your triggers are. The skin can become easily dried out and irritable during cold weather, so finding out as soon as possible what is affecting your skin means that you can seek out treatment.

If your skin feels dry, itchy, and red, it might suggest you have allergies or a skin condition that you didn’t even think about. Why not request an allergy test today or speak to our experts, so that you can live irritant-free.

Seasonal allergies: why you need the flu vaccination

Should you get a flu vaccination

Seasonal allergies: why you need the flu vaccination

With winter quickly approaching, the public is already suffering from runny noses, coughs, and colds. But sometimes these symptoms can be more than the common cold; they could be signs of the flu. But what exactly is the flu and how does it differ from your run of the mill common cold?

What is it?

The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory illness that is most common during the winter. There are three types: A, B, and C.

  • Type A: This type of flu is the culprit behind significant outbreaks that occur every few years. Unlike B and C, A type flu infects both humans and animals, such as wild birds.
  • Type B: Less common than A and only found in humans.
  • Type C: Not as dangerous as B and A, and unlikely to cause an epidemic.

Although colds and the flu are both contagious and have similar side effects, the difference is that you may experience a fever, body aches, and exhaustion for a prolonged length of time with the flu. Another sign that you may have the flu is that, unlike a common illness, it can seem to come on out of nowhere.

Other symptoms include:

  • Dry, chesty cough
  • A sore throat
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea or being sick

At risk groups

Although plenty of rest, water, and pain medication can help to treat your flu, it’s recommended that the public have the flu vaccination. Especially if you have allergies.

People with allergies may have a weakened immune system, making them an at-risk group. Other groups that the vaccination is recommended to include:

  • People suffering from chronic illnesses
  • Those who are pregnant
  • People over the age of 65

Allergies

Unfortunately, the flu vaccination isn’t safe for everyone. As the vaccination is made using egg, this may put people who have an egg allergy at risk of an allergic reaction.

If you have allergies, be sure to talk to your GP before getting the vaccination so that you aren’t at risk. If you haven’t yet been diagnosed with allergies, but want to get the flu vaccination, an allergy test may be a good idea so that you can rule out further illness, especially if you suspect that you have an allergy to vaccination ingredients like eggs.

In the past, individuals with an egg allergy were discouraged from having the flu vaccination, but experts say that might not be the best course of action. If you’re concerned, it’s best to discuss your allergy with your GP. Under the care of a professional, a flu vaccination may still be the right option if the allergy isn’t life-threatening.

To prevent the spread of the flu, you should wash your hands regularly, use tissues when you sneeze or cough, and avoid being around people with flu or cold symptoms.

The winter can be stressful enough without allergies and conditions like asthma or eczema being added to the mix. To protect yourself, we highly recommend allergy tests; this can help to determine whether symptoms are allergens or the flu, as symptoms such as runny noses or itchy eyes are common in both.

If you think that you have allergies, why not test yourself at home? Request a home test kit or contact one of our consultants today to find out more.

Fructose intolerances: what you need to know

Fructose allergies

Fructose intolerances: what you need to know

Sugar is everywhere; it’s hard to escape. For people who want to cut it out of their diet, it’s a challenge. For people who are intolerant to, say, fructose it’s that much harder. It’s difficult to find food that doesn’t contain the ingredient; it seems to be in everything. It’s a pain and can make eating everyday foods like fruit difficult. It can also cause concern if you are a parent of a child with the intolerance. So why does it happen?

What is it?

Fructose itself is a natural sugar but is often combined with glucose in sugar-based products. Think honey, syrup, and fruit juice. Fructose is a simple sugar that usually makes up about 50% of table sugar. The other 50% is glucose. When in your system, fructose is converted by the liver before being turned into glucose.

Glucose is an energy source for the body and can be utilised for energy by many parts of the body, whereas fructose can only be utilised by the liver which can cause a buildup of fat. This can be particularly overwhelming if you aren’t able to consume fructose. If you see added sugar under the ingredients, then it’s likely to be fructose.

Malabsorption

Fructose is a FODMAP, simple short-chain carbohydrates that some people can’t digest. They’re in fruit, vegetables, milk, and grains. Consuming these foods leads to symptoms like bloating, stomach pains, and diarrhoea.  If this sounds like you, then you might have a case of fructose malabsorption.

Why?

Fructose Malabsorption (FM) is fairly common – 1 in 3 people have it. It happens when the intestines cannot absorb fructose properly. Left undigested, it’s sent to the colon where bacteria eats it away. This causes your intestine to produce gases which lead to the symptoms above.

Symptoms

If the FM is severe, it can lead to problems like inflammation, stress, and not being able to break down processed foods. It’s suggested that it can also lead to mental illness due to the lower level of tryptophan. People who have a gut problem are likely to be predisposed to FM.

Intolerance

Hereditary Fructose Intolerance (HFI) on the other hand is a lot more severe than malabsorption. The genetic disorder is a metabolic disease caused by the absence of the enzyme aldolase B. The deficiency of this enzyme causes fructose to react badly and cause hypoglycemia. It can also lead to a build-up of harmful substances in the liver.

Symptoms

Similar to FM, HFI symptoms also include stomach pains and bloating. However, the condition, if left undiagnosed or untreated, can cause life-threatening side effects such as kidney failure, liver failure, seizures, and even death.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid a worst case scenario, so you can just enjoy life. If you have noticed that you suffer from any of the symptoms after eating specific foods, we recommend you consult with a doctor right away. From there, you can make food swaps so that you can enjoy eating without risking side effects.

If you think you might be suffering from an intolerance but have never had it diagnosed, why not get in touch? Find out once and for all what’s causing your stomach pains and book an appointment with us.

What’s in your washing detergents and why it matters

What's in your washing detergent

What’s in your washing detergents and why it matters

Washing detergents and fabric softeners smell fantastic, but they don’t always feel it. For people with allergies or skin problems like eczema, using washing products with minimal chemicals in can make all the difference.

Similar to cosmetics, the fragrances and added scents can cause the skin to have an adverse reaction and can leave you having a bad night’s sleep if your bedding has been washed using certain detergents or powders.

It can be a challenge avoiding added chemicals as supermarket shelves are packed full of them. From lavender to a summer’s day to berries, there’s a different scent available for every wash. However, swapping out triggering products for something more natural is critical if you don’t want to break out into rashes, irritate your skin conditions, or scratch all day.

Ingredients list

Not everybody knows their triggers. You might know vaguely that harsh chemicals or fragrances don’t mix well with your skin. Here are the ingredients that are commonly found in washing products that you should steer clear of:

  • Fragrances
  • Dyes
  • Emulsifiers
  • Solvents
  • Parabens

Parabens

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll already be wary about everyday products and that avoiding them is the key to not breaking out into rashes, bumps, and inflamed skin. But you may not have thought about other chemicals like parabens. You might have noticed that more and more shampoos on the market are paraben-free. But what are they and why should you ditch detergents that contain them?

Since the 1950s, parabens have been used as a preservative in cosmetics and toiletries to keep away bacteria and allow products to last longer. They have become controversial in recent years due to studies showing how they affect the skin. Although ‘normal’ skin isn’t usually affected by the synthetic preservative, ‘problem’ skin can cause it to flare up.

Not every product will clearly list that they contain parabens as they can go by other names, including:

  • Methylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Propylparaben

Signs

If you think you have an allergy or skin condition related to these chemicals, these are the signs to look out for:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Bumps
  • Triggering of contact dermatitis or eczema

Contact or allergic?

It’s essential to find out whether you have contact dermatitis or allergic dermatitis. Both cause the skin to itch, dry out, and turn red, but they are also completely different. Contact dermatitis is usually more widespread and, unlike allergic dermatitis, doesn’t involve the immune system so isn’t an allergy. As its name suggests, contact dermatitis occurs due to exposure to irritants. However, allergic dermatitis is more localised and can cause the skin to blister and swell.

To avoid irritation, you should ditch the chemical-filled washing products and opt for products that are more natural. When you don’t know what your triggers are, we highly recommend you test for a range of allergens. If you’re struggling with skin conditions like eczema, find out more about what you can do to manage it.

If your skin is inflamed, itchy, and sore, you might have allergies you don’t even know about. Why not request an allergy test today or speak to our experts, so that you can live irritant-free.

Eating out with allergies – are you safe?

Eating out with allergies

Eating out with allergies – are you safe?

Everyone loves going to a restaurant to celebrate a birthday, a promotion, or a Wednesday. There are countless options covering cuisines from around the world. It’s a veritable treat for the senses.

For those without allergies, it’s difficult to imagine what it must be like to always read ingredient lists or request dietary menus. It’s hard work, and unfortunately, even if you take these preventive measures, it won’t always help.

What’s the danger?

This is a topic you may well have read about in the national news. A teenage girl died after eating an ‘artisan’ baguette from Pret A Manger. Even though she took careful consideration to check the label, it didn’t say that it contained sesame seeds.

Pret’s lack of labelling caused the individual to go into cardiac arrest on a flight to Nice and sadly pass away. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Pret products have led to allergic reactions. Several cases have been reported as far back as 2012. Allergic reactions often lead to hospitalisation. And it’s not just Pret. Another individual passed away after eating at Wagamama as once again, sesame was not listed on the menu. It can sound scary for a parent, but just because you have an allergy doesn’t mean you can’t dine out.

What can you do?

You probably don’t want to cook at home all the time – and you shouldn’t have to. So, what can you do to ease your anxiety of eating out?

A must is to check the labels and ingredient lists or menus. It’s worth requesting additional nutritional information if it’s not listed on packaging or menus. Some places, like Pret for example, include more nutritional information on their website instead of in store. Here are some other precautions you should take:

  • Read reviews of different restaurants. See if you can find any reviews specific to customers with allergies. For larger chain restaurants, including Pret A Manger, Buyagift has an easy-to-use reference guide.
  • Some cuisines are likely to contain certain allergens than others. For example, staple ingredients of Italian food include wheat and gluten. East Asian cuisine uses a lot of nuts
  • Be prepared for the worst. Pack EpiPens or other equipment you might need.
  • Just ask. Don’t be afraid to talk to the manager about your allergies and ask if any specific ingredients are used. If it makes you feel better, call ahead before your visit.

The future

There are already stringent guidelines in place for restaurants and cafes to follow, so most locations should be above board. The parents of the teenage girl are pushing for stricter guidelines, so eating out for someone with allergies should become even easier.

The odds are high that you know someone with an allergy; maybe someone in your family. You may have one without even realising. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so why not get yourself tested for food allergies. You might thank yourself later.

Find out if you or your child has allergies through our allergy testing services for peace of mind when eating out. Request a home test kit or book an appointment with one of our consultants today to find out more.

*All statistics referenced in this article are taken from here.

Coping with asthma in the winter

winter asthma

Coping with asthma in the winter

Some people love winter. Some hate it – and they have good reason to. For some individuals, illnesses can feel even more overwhelming due to the cold weather. Colds, coughs, and chest infections will plague us until spring, but for those who have asthma, these ailments can impact them differently. Breathing problems, tight chests, and even poor emotional health are all side effects of dealing with asthma in the winter.

What causes asthma?

The condition usually starts in childhood; the breathing tubes become inflamed which leads to them becoming temporarily narrow. This can cause several symptoms including:

  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest constriction
  • Coughing
  • Tiredness

There are many reasons why a person might suffer from the condition, such as:

  • Genetics
  • If they previously had bronchiolitis
  • Exposure to smoke
  • Hormonal changes in females

But, more often than not, it’s allergies that cause asthma attacks.

Triggers

One of the biggest triggers is allergens – especially in the winter months. Due to the cold air, we are likely to keep windows closed, which can lead to a build-up of household irritants such as dust. To combat this, keep your home clean and tidy, and try to let the air circulate when possible. It may also be worth investing in anti-allergen bedding.

As the cold air can affect the upper respiratory system, people with asthma are likely to pick up infections easier than others. It makes a common cold or chest infection more difficult to cope with and even affect day to day life, as it can make breathing difficult and leave sufferers feeling exhausted.

Other triggers include:

  • Smoke
  • Pollution
  • Exercise

Aside from keeping your environment as free from allergens as possible, we recommend that you layer up to prevent the cold weather from affecting you too much. It’s also critical that you avoid spending too much time with people who have a common infection, as you are more vulnerable to illness.

Flu

If you have asthma, you may want to consider flu vaccination as the flu can cause the airways to become inflamed, which can trigger an attack. 8 out of 10 people say that the flu made their symptoms worse. Not getting the vaccination may lead to problems such as pneumonia.

It’s critical that you reduce your exposure to cold air, allergens, and the common cold and cough. Primary activities such as keeping you and your body clean, healthy eating, and plenty of sleep will help too. Investing in an inhaler is also essential.

Inhalers

Inhalers help sufferers to manage their asthma and can be prescribed in three types:

  • Reliever: to relieve symptoms
  • Preventer: to protect the airways so that symptoms aren’t as likely to occur
  • Combination: a mix of the two types

Whether you or your child have asthma, stay protected this winter to avoid further health problems. Keep your distance from allergens, and cancel plans with family and friends who have a cough or cold.

If you have asthma but don’t know if you suffer from allergies that might make it worse, request an allergy test from us today so that you don’t have to worry this winter.

World urticaria day UCARE 2018

world urticaria day

World urticaria day 2018

You will know October for Halloween, but there’s another essential date to add to your calendars. The 1st of October is World Urticaria Day, and 2018 is the fifth iteration of the global event. It helps to raise awareness of the condition and bring people together. But what is urticaria and what causes it?

What is it?

You might not recognise the clinical name of the condition, but you have probably heard of hives, weals, and welts. These names are commonly used in place of urticaria. It usually manifests on the body in itchy and angry looking bumps. Although it sometimes appears on just a patch of skin, it can, unfortunately, spread to many parts of the body.

Often, the rash will clear up in as little as 24 hours; however, this isn’t always the case. It may affect the skin for about six weeks before disappearing, something called acute urticaria. But in some severe cases, the condition can be chronic and will come and go over many years.

In rare cases, individuals may suffer from urticaria vasculitis; this causes the blood vessels in the skin to become inflamed. Although this type doesn’t last for years like chronic urticaria does, it can last for more than 24 hours and sometimes leaves bruises.

Causes

Acute urticaria affects about 1 in 5 people throughout a lifetime, and people who suffer from allergies are likely to be more at risk.

The condition can be triggered when high levels of histamine and other chemicals are released into the skin, usually as a result of exposure to allergens. The blood vessels then open up, causing the skin to turn red and potentially ‘weep’, leading to itchiness. If you suffer from this, it is advised that you stay clear of alcohol, stress, and warm temperatures as this can make symptoms get worse.

If you suffer consistently for six weeks or more, it isn’t likely to be a result of an allergy. However, if you have experienced it for less time than this, it is critical that you are allergy tested to make sure you know what is causing it.

Awareness

Urticaria can become unbearable and can cause emotional distress; it sometimes even leads to depression. It can affect day to day life, and figures show that 1 in 7 people who suffer from chronic urticaria will experience emotional problems as a result.

Not everybody is aware of the skin affliction, and the effects it can have on a person’s life. The reality is that this is a far more common illness than people realise and we are spreading awareness. As an allergy clinic, sharing information about how allergies can affect people’s lives in big and small ways is essential to us.

This year’s slogan is “Do Better!” Because we can do more to raise awareness. This world urticaria day, search for the hashtags, #uday or #urticariaday, to find out about more people’s experiences of living with the illness, how you can help, and symptoms to look out for.

If you suspect you may be affected by urticaria, book an appointment with one of our experts in UCARE (Urticaria Centre of Reference and Excellence) London Allergy and Immunology Centre.

Wet wipes and allergies: fact or fiction?

Wet wipes and allergies: fact or fiction?

Allergy diagnoses are on the rise and people are becoming more aware of what can set off a reaction. You may have read the news lately about the risk of allergies children face from the use of wet wipes. Everyone seems to have mixed thoughts about whether this is fact or fiction – is the rumour being exaggerated or is it as risky as some people report?

Where did the rumour come from?

It’s critical that you’re aware of the origins of these rumours before assuming the worst. The idea came from a US study carried out by Northwestern University. They found that wet wipes could play a factor in developing an allergy, but only under certain circumstances.

Many newspapers ran with the story of “wet wipes cause allergies” which misrepresents the findings of the study. That isn’t to say you can’t develop allergies thanks to wet wipes – it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Research

The study showed how neonatal mice reacted to several allergens include peanuts and dust irritants. It isn’t always easy to pinpoint the causes of allergens. There’s still a long way to go; however, new research has put the spotlight on factors such as altered skin absorbance and exposure to dietary or environmental allergens.

Figures suggest that 35% of children who have allergies also have atopic dermatitis. This is typically caused by genetic mutations that affect the skin barrier.

With this in mind, the study was done using mice who had skin barrier mutations. The mice were exposed to peanuts, which had little effect on its own. However, when other factors were used in the study, the results showed that the mice began to develop dry skin – akin to dermatitis. Really, the results of this study were nothing new or groundbreaking.

What does this tell us?

Primarily it suggests that allergies develop due to non-direct exposure to them through the skin. This isn’t a concern though because it would require a ‘perfect storm’ of conditions. For an allergy to potentially occur, the baby wipe residue would have to be improperly washed away. Then a child would have to come into contact with an allergen. This is on top of the genetic predisposition they would need to have.

So where does the panic come from if we now know that you have to jump through multiple hoops to even come close to developing an allergy?

Apart from general media hysteria, it’s always a good idea to be vigilant with what products you use on your child. Soaps, like those found on baby wipes, can cause the skin barrier to damage the fats which over time can cause dry and itchy skin.

The bottom line though is that it’s unlikely that a child would develop an allergy from wet wipes alone. We’re becoming a very health conscious nation, so it’s understandable why we’re quick to believe the rumours without understanding the science behind it. It’s critical to take the rumours with a pinch of salt.

If you need to find out once and for all what’s causing your child’s skin to itch, book a test with one of our consultants today to find out more.

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