Worried about Allergies this Winter ? With allergies and food intolerances on the rise & frequent articles on the subject in the local & national press it is not surprising that many people who are suffering from an undiagnosed health issue are concerned. The latest surveys show that allergies throughout the world are now affecting […]
Devon Allergy Clinic Supports the Teal Pumpkin Project “You may start to notice a number of houses with blue pumpkins outside their doors when you’re out trick-or-treating this Halloween. They indicate that the people inside are participating in a national campaign to raise awareness for children with food allergies, and they’ll likely offer non-food treats. […]
TICK BITES & RED MEAT ALLERGY When one considers allergies nuts or dairy allergies first spring to mind & reactions to these are caused by proteins in these substances. However allergies can now extend to eating red meat. Surprisingly red meat allergy can be caused by ticks which are more prevalent in the summer as […]
Laura V ChapmanHi Marlene, just to let you know.. The gp accepted what I said after you tested Amber and prescribed me hypoallergenic milk… Different baby!!! So much…
What is an Allergy and why it is such a misused word ?
Eons ago when man was developing a vast amount of parasites existed in our blood. This did us no good as a species but ourimmune system created a white mast cell to compensate. The reason for this cell was when it came across a parasite in the blood it degranulated or exploded releasing very irritant chemicals to kill the parasite. One of them is histamine hence we take antihistamine and because they are irritant and cause inflammation so we take steroids because they are anti-inflammatory .
Marlene Hochstrasser is the Clinical Director of the Devon Allergy Clinic which was established in 2006. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse & Midwife & has a University Diploma in Allergy from Grenwich University with working links with Allergy UK & the Eczema Society. Her experience was further broadened whilst working as an Intensive Care Nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London. Marlene still maintains her clinical nursing expertise working as an intravenous parenteral nutrition nurse with patients in a home situation.
ntolerances are normally enzyme based.
Where we are not making enough of the Enzyme lactase to digest milk sugar lactose. Link to lactose intolerance page
Histamine Intolerance lacking the enzyme Diamine Oxydase to digest food naturally high in histamine. I regularly see clients with rashes and itchy skin where this can be a major cause . Link to histamine intolerance page
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