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First aid for seasonal allergies

The phrase ‘seasonal allergy’ has become a bit of a misnomer as changes in the weather can cause some of us to suffer all-year round. We take a look at causes and cures.

A-Z of Allergies

The function of the immune system is to protect the body against foreign substances or hostile invaders such as viruses, bacteria and harmful chemicals.

Zero tolerance: is it an allergy?

If you are prone to reacting badly to certain foods, you may have a food allergy or an intolerance. Here’s how to tell the difference ,and what to do about it.

Allergies and pregnancy

An allergy or hypersensitivity reaction occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to a substance that is normally harmless (allergen), such as mold, pollen, animal dander, or dust mites.

Hives or urticaria

Lasting for minutes or days, hives (also called wheals or welts) are large, itchy red bumps on the skin. Hives can also last for a longer period

How to cope with seasonal allergies

Spring is in the air, and while that means an end to the winter weather, for many it also signals the beginning of runny noses, itchy eyes and constant sneezing.

Food allergy a rising global health problem

This year World Allergy Week takes place from 8-14 April with the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) profiling the global theme “Food Allergy—A Rising Global Health Problem”.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis, inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, is a common disease that may afflict people throughout their lives.

Anaphylaxis (allergic shock)

Anaphylaxis (allergic shock or anaphylactic shock) is the most severe form of an allergic reaction and can be life-threatening.

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Dr Morris is the Principal Allergist at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Allergy Clinics with postgraduate diplomas in Allergology, Dermatology, Paediatrics and Family Medicine dealing with both adult and childhood allergies.

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