Allergy

Allergies can be frustrating and even life threatening, but they can be managed. You can take preventative measures to minimise exposure and risk, as well as making sure you know what to do if you do have an allergic reaction. We can prescribe EpiPen for severe reactions and tablets that can help with some hay fever symptoms.

Allergies can be frustrating and even life threatening, but they can be managed. You can take preventative measures to minimise exposure and risk, as well as making sure you know what to do if you do have an allergic reaction. We can prescribe EpiPen for severe reactions and tablets that can help with some hay fever symptoms.

About allergies

  • Allergies & their symptoms

    Having an allergy is a very common condition in the UK. Causes can vary, but many allergies are manageable, and should not affect your daily life if the proper precautions are taken.

    Allergic reactions happen when your body reacts to an allergen and releases histamine. This causes various symptoms such as a runny or blocked nose, asthma or coughing fits, inflammation or irritation of the eyes, skin irritation, and swelling of the skin, lips or tongue.

  • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock)

    In extreme circumstances, allergic reactions can cause anaphylactic shock. This is when your body reacts very badly and very quickly to a particular allergen (such as nuts). Symptoms include swelling of the hands, eyes and feet, itchy skin, stomach pains, and tightening of the airways.

     Anaphylaxis can cause swelling of the lips and tongue, breathing problems, collapse, and loss of consciousness. In some cases, anaphylaxis causes death, meaning it must always be treated as a medical emergency.

  • Causes of allergies

    Allergies can be caused by many different triggers, including dust, animals, certain foods (such as dairy, nuts or shellfish), or even certain medicines.

    Hay fever (allergy to tree, flower and grass pollen) tends to be seasonal, affecting people more in spring and summer. Understanding what causes your allergies is important so that you can avoid them and be prepared with appropriate treatment.

  • Our allergy clinic

    We can prescribe the antihistamine Telfast for seasonal allergic rhinitis, which many people experience as hay fever symptoms. For severe allergies, if you've already been prescribed EpiPen by your doctor, we can prescribe 1 or 2 pens.

    Request the treatment you need and complete a short medical questionnaire. We will use this information to ensure the treatment is safe and suitable for you to take. If approved, your treatment can either be collected or delivered.

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