Allergy Special

As it is Allergy Awareness week on 23 April we thought we’d have an allergy special this month. Did you know just sitting on a bed or sofa disturbs the house dust mite dropping which then stay airborne for at least 30 minutes? That’s just sitting down! If you are let’s say, a bit more, ahem, active then there must be clouds of the stuff.

Allergies and the house dust mite
The house-dust mite is a microscopic creature that lives in soft furnishings in the house. It thrives in warm, humid conditions. Its diet consists of scales shed from human skin. It is the waste products of these mites that allergic people react to. Evidence has shown that although it is impossible to totally eradicate this mite, taking measures which decrease their numbers and clear your environment of their waste products, can reduce allergic symptoms.... [More]

Anaphylaxis
Severe, possible life-threatening allergic reactions are increasing. Peanut allergy affects at least 1:200 children. Some children are so allergic to peanuts that the mere inhalation of peanut fumes can be enough to trigger a reaction. Fortunately, this level of allergic response is rare.... [More]

Cold sores
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They occur in people who have been infected with the virus in the past, usually as a child. The virus lies dormant in the nerve cells which supply feeling to the skin. Intermittently it tracks down these nerves and causes a blister on the lips or other facial areas.... [More]

Conjunctivitis - The Red Eye
Inflammation of the eyes is most commonly caused by conjunctivitis. One of the distinguishing features of conjunctivitis is the ‘gritty’ sensation it causes in the eye rather than pain. You should be able to see normally with conjunctivitis, if not, there is probably a more serious condition present. It is vital that you seek prompt advice if you suffer a sudden deterioration in your vision.... [More]

How to deal with acne
Some people are not bothered by spots, others feel very upset by having relatively few. It doesn’t matter what other people think about your skin; what counts is how you perceive your skin. We are keen to help you get the best possible result from your treatment.... [More]


 

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