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Allergies &Food Hypersensitivities


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 .

About Us


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.

Intolerances & Digestive Disorders


ntolerances are normally enzyme based.
Lactose intolerance.
Where we are not making enough of the Enzyme lactase to digest milk sugar lactose. Link to lactose intolerance page

Histamine intolerance.
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
Digestive disorders

Recent News

The Award Winning Devon Allergy Clinic and centre of excellence for digestive disorders wish you a comfortable Christmas.

0 Comments Posted On: December 21, 2015

Christmas can be a challenging time for those who live with food allergy and intolerances but if you do suffer there is no reason with some common sense and planning why you should not eat drink & be merry ! Food intolerance is more common than food allergy & symptoms can occur later often hours […]



Is There a Higher Risk of Blood Pressure for Kids with Allergies?

0 Comments Posted On: December 10, 2015

Children with allergic disease, particularly asthma and hay fever, have twice the rate of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, setting them on course for heart disease at early age, finds a new study. Children with allergic disease had a much higher risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. “This study shows that cardiovascular […]


Worried about Allergies this Winter ?

0 Comments Posted On: November 13, 2015

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 […]


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Allergy Calendar


Starts on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:00 am and finishes on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

ALLERGY ACADEMY 10TH FOOD ALLERGY STUDY DAY Friday 12th February 2016 GENERAL INFORMATION The Allergy Academy’s hugely popular Food Allergy study day is now in its 10th year and will be held in conjunction with the Royal Society of Medicine. It is aimed at all health care professionals who see children and adults with food […]