Allergy

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Does it stick in your throat?

Does your throat become scratchy when you have a cold drink? Or your chest become wheezy when you eat dried fruit?

Eight villains to avoid

Although any food can potentially trigger an allergy, 90% of the life-threatening reactions are caused by 8 foods: peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish.

Put a stop to sinusitis

The average adult has three to four upper respiratory infections each year, about one percent of which are complicated by sinusitis.

Be allergy alert

Certain people develop a life-threatening allergic reaction to certain foods (such as peanuts and shellfish), medications (such as penicillin) or insect stings.

When allergies turn deadly

Certain foods, medications and insect stings can cause a severe allergic reaction, which is called anaphylaxis.

When soft toys make you sneeze

Already fed up with spring allergies? The mites that share your home with you could be to blame, and it's important to target them where they're most likely to occur.

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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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