What is an allergy?
An allergy is where the body has an adverse reaction to a usually harmless substance called an allergen. Allergens include pollen, house dust mites, pet dander (e.g. tiny flakes of dead skin), food, etc. Click here to find out more.
What is hayfever?
Hayfever is a type of allergy where the immune system overreacts to pollen, causing the release of a chemical called histamine. This results in symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose and watery eyes. Click here to find out more.
What is an 'airborne allergy'?
One of the most common forms of allergy is provoked by tiny particles suspended, unseen, in the air that we breathe. These could be from:
- Mould Spores
- House Dust Mites
- Pet dander
- Air Pollution
This condition known as allergic rhinitis is also often referred to as 'airborne allergy'.
Do I have a cold or an allergy?
Several allergy symptoms are similar to symptoms of the common cold. Click here to find out how to tell the difference between a cold and an allergy
Are there different types of allergies?
There are a number of different types of allergies. Some are seasonal or only occur intermittently where as some people can suffer all year round. Click here to find out more about the types of allergies that people can suffer from
How can I treat my allergy?
There are different products available to help manage your allergy symptoms.Click here to find out more about the treatment options available to allergy sufferers
How do allergies affect different parts of the body?
Allergy symptoms vary greatly from person to person and even from one experience to another. To a certain extent, the symptoms depend on the allergen to which you have been exposed and the parts of the body that are affected.
What time of year am I most likely to suffer from my allergies?
The time of year you experience symptoms will depend on the type of allergy you suffer from. Hayfever sufferers will most likely experience symptoms in spring and early summer as trees pollinate between March and May and grass and flowers follow in May and June. Other allergy sufferers such as those who have a pet allergy can suffer all year round.
Where can I find out more information about allergies?
You can also call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or talk to a pharmacist or your GP.