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Allergies

Fibre Helps Asthma

A potential ground breaking treatment for asthma has been discovered by scientists from Switzerland. The treatment simply involves eating more fruit and vegetables. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, suggested a connection between the boost in processed food consumption and the increase in asthma rates over the last 30 years. The team of scientists...

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What is Gluten Allergy & Intolerance?

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, oats, rye, barley and oats. You will find gluten in foods such as bread, rolls, cakes, flour, pasta, biscuits, pastries, noodles, pizza, muffins and couscous. These are just a few examples, but you can see that gluten is present in many foods that are consumed in a western diet. We are exposed to a lot of gluten on a daily...

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Alternative Hay Fever Treatments

Alternative Hay Fever Treatments

Hay fever has had a strong year so far, with more people affected than before. The changing and erratic weather has resulted in the simultaneous release of grass and tree pollen. The pollen season usually follows as: Tree Pollen – Late March to mid May. Grass Pollen – Mid May to June Weed Pollen – End of June to September The result of the recent weather has been...

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Top Tips For Preventing Hay Fever

There are some important tips to follow to avoid having your summer ruined by hay fever this year. Apart from taking your natural hay fever remedies, it is useful to follow some general recommendations so that you can enjoy the weather this summer. Avoid drying your clothes outside as the pollen collects on the surface of the fabrics. Shower and wash your hair...

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National Allergy Week

National Allergy Week

Monday 23rd April marked the start of National Allergy Week. Latest figures show that allergy cases in the UK are the highest in Europe. The worrying fact is that this problem is worsening. Hospital admissions for anaphylactic reactions have increased 7 times since 1990, and the number of cases of food poisoning has increased 5 fold in the same period.The NHS spend...

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Probiotics for Hayfever

Probiotics for Hayfever

Probiotics have traditionally been used for digestive complaints and as supplements for the immune system. New research has found that these supplements can reduce the allergic symptoms of grass and tree pollens. Hayfever is an allergic reaction to pollen that causes the immune system to release histamine which causes many of the symptoms such as itchy sore eyes,...

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Natural Remedies for Hay Fever

Natural Remedies for Hay Fever

Most people can’t wait for the start of summer, but if you are one of the 25% of the population that suffers with hay fever, then this time of year can be miserable due to the high pollen count. The hay fever season usually starts in March, but some people are affected earlier in the year. People who have symptoms from March are usually affected by tree pollens....

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Natural Remedies for Allergies

As there are so many potential causes of allergies, there is not a general remedy or supplement that can provide an overall treatment. Natural remedies for the treatment of allergies such as hay fever are mentioned in a seperate article. The most important thing to do first is to identify the allergen. This may be something straightforward as pollen in hay...

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What causes allergies?

What causes allergies? An allergy is occurs when the body’s immune system reacts and produces antibodies in response to an allergen, even though it may be harmless. It produces the antibody Immunoglobulin E (IgE) to fight the allergen. When the body comes into contact with this allergen again, the body will produce these antibodies, IgE, in larger quantities than...

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What are the symptoms of an allergy?

Allergies can start at any age. They commonly start in childhood but can also occur during adulthood. The typical symptoms of an allergy include itchiness, swelling and irritation in the body tissues. The most common symptoms are: Itchy eyes, skin, tongue, lips, palate Sneezing Hives / Urticaria / Nettle Rash Dry mouth Runny Nose Watery Eyes The symptoms above could...

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Homeopathy for Hay Fever

Hay Fever is a form of allergy due to pollen of flowers, grasses, trees and other plants. The main symptoms are itchy, watery eyes, runny nose or blocked nose, itchy throat and symptoms of sneezing. Hay Fever is also known as Allergic Rhinitis. The Hay Fever season usually starts in March and ends in late summer, although this may vary between individuals. Some...

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What is an Allergy?

The word allergy is used to describe an adverse reaction by the body to a substance in the environment known as an allergen. These allergens are not normally harmful. The most common example of an allergy is Hay Fever. Most people are not affected by the pollen (allergen) in the trees and grasses, but those who have an allergy produce a reaction. An allergy will...

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