50% of UK Children could have an Allergy

on Friday, 08 November 2013. Posted in blog

50% of UK Children could have an Allergy

An allergy is an unusual response of the body’s immune system to a usually harmless substance such as pollen, food or dust. Generally, these substances pose no problem, however in those with allergies the body identifies the substance as a threat and reacts accordingly.

Food intolerances are different from allergies in that whilst the body may be struggling with a particular foodstuff - it is not treating the substance as an allergen nor producing the corresponding antibodies. 

Food allergies and intolerances can be a real irritant in everyday life, manifesting as a cough, irritable bowel, headaches or rash, amongst other symptoms. Around 6-8% of children have a proven food allery (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011) and number of allergy sufferers in general in the UK increases by 5% each year - half of those being children. (Allergy UK) 

 

Making time for your health

At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

Patient Confidentiality

We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.