MALVERN residents are being urged to get behind an awareness week aimed at raising the issue of allergies and how they impact on people’s lives.
Allergy Awareness Week, organised by Allergy UK, started on Monday (April 20) and will run until Sunday (April 26) and is being supported by NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
In the UK, experts believe one in four people suffer from an allergy at some time in their lives and as many as half of those affected are children.
Common allergens include pollen, house dust mites, mould and pets. Less common are nuts, fruit and latex.
Dr Carl Ellson, chief clinical officer for NHS South Worcestershire CCG, said: “Allergies are very common and on the rise.
“Wherever possible, the most effective way of managing them is to avoid all contact with the allergen.
“Medication can’t cure your allergy, but it can be used to treat the common symptoms of an allergy, such as a runny nose, itchy mouth and sneezing.
“It is important to remember most allergies are minor and treatments are available over the counter, remember to always seek advice before starting to take any new medication.
“In some cases people can have a severe reaction, known as anaphylaxis, which can impact hugely on their daily lives and this is the kind of information that Allergy UK is trying to promote during Allergy Awareness Week.”
Visit www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Allergies or www.allergyuk.org for more information.