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Do You Have Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.

These patches normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on your body. Most people are only affected with small patches. In some cases, the patches can be itchy or sore.

Psoriasis affects around 2% of people in the UK. It can start at any age, but most often develops in adults under 35 years old. The condition affects men and women equally.

The severity of psoriasis varies greatly from person to person. For some people it’s just a minor irritation, but for others it can have a major impact on their quality of life.

Psoriasis is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that usually involves periods when you have no symptoms or mild symptoms, followed by periods when symptoms are more severe.

Please contact me if you have severe Psoriasis – especially if you have had treatment which has not worked, and you may be able to get involved in an exciting new project including TV documentary


Food Allergies On The Rise

“For years, allergies have been on the increase, now 6 per cent of children and 3 per cent of adults suffer from food allergies.

Contributors include the environment, food and habits that might mean a person typically avoids something, commonly including gluten, milk, eggs, fish, nuts, soya, celery and sulfite.

There’s still a problem with products that are sold loose however: sausages from the butcher and rolls from the baker should also be labelled according to the December regulation, but this hasn’t necessarily been happening.

Customers often have to double-check.

Allergic reactions to food can be confusingly diverse. They range from itching, redness and welts to sneezing fits and runny noses, coughing and breathlessness as well as diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea.

The worst form of allergic reaction is anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal.

People’s allergies vary according to age: for babies, cow’s milk and chicken’s eggs are the most common culprit.

Nuts, fish and wheat are often problems for children. Teenagers and adults react more often to raw fruit and vegetables, spices and nuts.

In 60 per cent of cases people are also allergic to pollen.

There is a particularly mysterious form of wheat allergy that tends to appear only in combination with exercise.

It emerged around three years ago and since then has become more common, exercise, alcohol and certain medicines can act as triggers and young people are worst affected, For example, somebody eats a bread roll and then does some sport. It can cause an extreme reaction.

The phenomenon has been dubbed Wheat Dependent Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis, or WDEIA for short.

In these kinds of cases the doctor quite often has to convince the patient that he or she is allergic to wheat.

“It’s a puzzle,” And an increasingly common one”

Read the full article here


Exploring Pet Allergies Through TV

What a productive day last week…

On Wednesday, I met up with the production company “7 Wonder” who have been commissioned by Channel 4 to make a documentary on Allergy. I have been put forward as the advocate for people who the NHS do not have a tick box for – who self manage their symptoms by over over the counter medication and have to put up with a very miserable quality of life. The production team have asked me if I have clients or have access to people with underlying asthma and also have sinusitis rhinitis (constant runny nose, conjunctivitis and maybe hay fever) and also people suffering from pet or horse allergy.
 
With my assistance, the production team have now been in touch with a couple of local people who suffer from pet allergy, and are speaking to them about getting involved in this exciting project. I feel this is a very important platform to spotlight the massive quality of life issues that so many people deal with outside the NHS.
 
More updates soon, but in the meantime, contact me if there are any allergy issues at all which I can advise you on www.thedevonallergyclinic.co.uk

London Bound

London Bound

Recently approached by 7Wonder.co.uk, a television production company, I have a very exciting week ahead.

On Wednesday I will be taking the early train from my home in Torquay, Devon to arrive in London in time to meet with their producers at Somerset House in the Capital.
So what and why?
7Wonder are producing a series of health documentaries in conjunction with Channel 4 television. As part of this series, they will be focusing on allergies, why they are, what they are, and how they can be managed. Having tracked me down through my website and online activity, the company got in touch with me a couple of weeks ago for a chat, to find out more about me, and of course my specialist areas.
Following this, an invitation came to go up and meet them to begin preliminary discussions about the potential of getting involved in the productions. An invitation I wasn’t going to turn down of course.
As an Allergy Specialist, with particular interest in Intolerancy and Hypersensitivity, I am excited at the prospect of sharing my knowledge with them, and to where it may potentially lead.
So with the Streets of London app neatly downloaded onto my i-phone, I will be setting off for a day out that I hope will be a very memorable and productive
I will keep you posted.
Marlene

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