Updated: 5 days ago
This article was written by Julie, our registered associate nutritionist, who works with School Children with Special Dietary Requirements.
Allergy Awareness Week is a great chance to raise awareness about the different types of allergies as well as highlight the difficulties experienced by those that have allergies. It is estimated that 21 million people in the UK live with an allergy of some sort.
So, what causes an allergy?
An allergy is the response of the body’s immune system to products such as food or pollen. For most people, these pose no threat, but for some people, their body sees them as a threat and produces a reaction to these allergens. Allergies are most common in children but can also occur at any age and tend to run in families.
This year’s Allergy Awareness topic focuses on childhood food allergies as there are many fears and anxieties around the support and guidance available for families. Allergy UK has a lot of great information to educate and support families who may have concerns. If you have concerns about yourself or a family member please contact me or take a look here: https://www.allergyuk.org/
Did you know….
In the UK, 40% of children have been diagnosed with an allergy and 5-8% of children suffer from a food allergy.
The most common allergies are food such as nuts, fish, or eggs, eczema, asthma, and hay fever
Symptoms can affect health and wellbeing, education as well as social activities
Food Allergy symptoms can appear within a few minutes or up to a couple of hours after eating the offending food, and there are a few classic symptoms to watch out for. These are – abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash or swelling, or even respiratory reactions such as a runny nose or sneezing in some cases
More severe cases can be life-threatening and lead to anaphylaxis.
To find out more here is a great video https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/food-allergy-and-intolerance
Julie is an Associate Registered Nutritionist and believes in providing a personalised approach to her clients to help them reach their health and lifestyle goals. Julie has experience working with clients on a one to one basis to support digestive disorders, weight management, women’s health, and special dietary requirements and menu development for children. In addition, Julie is a qualified chef and lecturer, and is able to support clients with their culinary skills, education and training.