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What is an allergy?

An allergy is a reaction that the body has to a particular substance. The physical reactions often appear at the site of contact (on the skin where something has touched you, and in and around the nose and mouth if you have breathed something in or eaten something) but can also appear elsewhere if the reaction is more severe. Allergies can develop at any point, and can change over time. For example, many people suffer from hay fever, but some people have only developed this allergy in adulthood.


About The Clinic

For testing and treatment of Allergies HASS Clinic is the first port of call for Classic or immediate reaction allergies, Delayed or Food Intolerance allergies or Chemical, Colorants or Antibiotic sensitivities. Our Nutritionist can give advice on Diet and lifestyle changes that would be best for the client.Our treatment is looking at the underlying causes of the allergies and treating accordingly.


Identifying and treating allergies

Many of us have allergies, in one form or another, that can make daily life a little more tricky, but in some cases, allergies can be severe and potentially life threatening.

What does an allergy look like?

Typical allergic reactions present symptoms such as

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Red, watery, itchy or sore eyes
  • Red, itchy rash on the skin
  • Coughing, wheezing or difficulty in breathing
Symptoms usually present quickly (within a few minutes of coming in contact with the allergen) and you should seek medical attention if symptoms worsen, as you may be suffering from anaphylaxis - a severe reaction that is classed as a medical emergency. If someone has anaphylaxis, they may feel lightheaded or faint; be having difficulties breathing (fast, shallow breathing or wheezing); have a fast heartbeat; have clammy skin; be disoriented, confused or anxious, and in severe cases they may collapse or lose consciousness.


What are the most common allergies?

We can be allergic to anything, but the most common things include:

  • Tree, grass or flower pollen (those of you with hay fever may know which particular type affects you the most, and at what of year this may occur)
  • Dust mites
  • Animals (often the allergy is of the skin or fur of the animal)
  • Food (such as nuts, shellfish, and cow's milk, although the list could be endless)
  • Latex (often used in gloves and condoms)
  • Medicines (most commonly in antibiotics if you have an allergy to penicillin
  • Household chemicals (such as cleaning detergents, washing powder or hair dyes
  • Insect bites or stings

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