Allergy Awareness Week 2013

Allergy Awareness Week 2013

With 50% of children suffering from allergies in the UK, we have the highest prevalence in Europe and rank among the highest in the world.   Allergic disease  has increased globally with 30-40% of the world’s population now affected by one or more allergic conditions.

These statistics highlight the need for better support for allergies at all levels from Primary Care through to Specialist Allergy Services.  As well meaning and caring as our GPs, practice nurses and health visitors are sadly they do not have the time or specialised training required to undertake allergy consultations, which take at least 40 minutes per patient.

Allergies severely impact the quality of life of sufferers as it affects their work, education and social life.  Without appropriate treatment, allergic asthma, rhinitis, eczema and food allergy, can lead to chronic ill health.  Many allergy sufferers are also at risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis unless managed correctly.

Allergy Awareness Week 2013 takes place during 22nd – 28th April.  Allergy UK is the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK and they are encouraging everyone to join in and help them lead the fight against allergies.

To get involved and receive a fundraising pack, visit: www.allergyuk.org or call 01322 619898.  However large or small, your support really will make a difference.

With allergies on the increase please help spread the word as this problem is a ticking time bomb for allergy services in the future.

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