Allergy Awareness Week

Allergy Awareness Week

Allergy Awareness Week 2022 takes place Tuesday 26 April to Saturday 30 April. The week aims to raise awareness about all allergies and highlights the difficulties and challenges that people with allergies experience.

What is Allergy Awareness Week about?

This year’s theme is childhood food allergy, which means it will focus on the weaning journey of parents of babies who suffer from specific allergies concerning food.

Allergy Awareness Week also helps people to understand the seriousness of certain allergies and gain insight into how life-threatening allergic reactions can be.

To support this Allergy Awareness Week, visit the charity Allergy UK to stay up to date with various fundraising events, how to donate and to gain insight into the support and guidance available to parents and carers of children with allergies.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is a reaction, usually an immune response, your body has to a particular food or substance. You can be allergic to almost anything, but the most common substances that your body can become hypersensitive to are foods, pollen, fur or dust. Allergies are more common in children but adults can get them too.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?

  • The severity of the symptoms of an allergic reaction vary from person to person:
  • A runny or blocked nose – read The causes and treatments of a blocked nose to learn what else could be causing this symptom
  • A red, itchy rash
  • Red, itchy and watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Worsening of asthma or eczema

Hay fever

Did you know that one in five people will be affected by hay fever in their lifetime?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to airborne pollen caused by trees in the spring, grass in the summer and weeds in the autumn. If you suffer with itchy eyes, a streaming nose and an irritated throat when the warmer season arrives, you may have hay fever. Again, the severity of your symptoms will depend on if you have asthma or how sensitive your body is to the pollen. Read our hay fever survival guide that’s not to be sniffed at, to learn more.

Five facts about allergies

1. In recent research around 49% of people reported suffering with hay fever symptoms (Allergy UK / Kleenex®, 2020)

2. In the UK, 1-2% of adults have a food allergy. This, combined with the 5-8% of children with a food allergy, equates to about 2 million people. (Food Standards Agency 2016)

3. Allergies are more common in children but adults can develop allergies to substances they were not previously allergic to

4. The most common allergies include grass and tree pollen (hay fever), dust mites, medicines and food such as nuts, eggs and shellfish

5. Allergies are thought to affect more than one in four people in the UK at some point in their lives

Speak to our ear, nose and throat (ENT) experts

At Benenden Hospital, our experienced Consultants offer a wide range of self-pay treatments for the ear, nose and throat. Our ENT service provides the latest treatments in modern facilities to help you to get a diagnosis and to ease the symptoms of your allergies.

To ease the symptoms of your allergies or to seek a diagnosis, find out more about the ENT treatments we offer. To book, complete our online enquiry form or call our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.

Published on 26 April 2022