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Chelsea Flower Show – Low-Allergy Show


Amongst the many world class gardens on view this week at RHS Chelsea 2016 is the Low Allergy Garden. Created & designed fflower showor the Royal College of Pathologists (RCP) the show gardens purpose is to provide helpful ideas for hay fever sufferers. The original concept for the garden came in 2012 when the RCP provided a “good & bad” display of plants highlighting the ones likely to cause allergic responses. This later resulted in a book entitled “The Low Allergy Garden” being written.

The Low Allergy Show Garden is especially timely as experts are predicting that 2016 will be a bad year for sufferers arising from a very wet winter accompanied by warm weather causing a sharp increase in grass pollens over the summer months. The Hay Fever season starts as early as January with a handful of trees releasing their pollen & lasting until the end of September. This scenario is of interest to as many as 25% of the UK population who have allergies. For those who would be interested in growing low pollen plants in their gardens the “Good” plants are identified as begonias, clematis delphiniums & viburnum whereas at the other end of the scale are “Bad” plants such as ceonothus roses & lillies which are pollen heavy.

You can still have a beautiful garden with much reduced allergic symptoms so long as you choose your plants carefully. Anyone visiting the RHS Chelsea show this week can seek can talk to RCP experts who will be on hand to give further advice. Alternatively, comprehensive advice & an action plan can be obtained from Marlene who is herself a keen gardener.




Managing your Hayfever this Summer

Is it a summer cold or an allergy


According to Allergy UK a significant proportion of the British population suffer from hay fever which can have similar symptoms to a cold. The type of pollen you are allergic to dictates the time of year when you will suffer most. Trees release pollen early in the year from March to May, grass pollen around May to August, weeds & seeds release in late summer. If you keep a track of your symptoms you can easily work out which  type of pollen you are allergic to. Of course you can be allergic to more than one pollen & therefore your symptoms can last much of the year with only a short break in Winter.

Your doctor may recommend antihistamines nasal sprays  or eye drops but there are other ways to reduce the load of your allergy. Keep windows shut early in the morning  & wear wraparound sun glasses when you are out. Wash hands regularly with just soap & water & apply a petroleum jelly or  Haymax around the nostrils.

Here are some top tips to keep you & your home pollen free and to maintain a barrier between you and potential allergens

Motto KEEP the Outdoors out .

  1. When you have been outside for a long time go home & WASH THE POLLEN OFF.
  2. Wash the clothes you have been wearing if you have been enjoying the Great Outdoors with activities such as cycling or running. Make sure you dry the clothes indoors though to avoid pollen falling from trees attaching to them on the washing line.
  3. Don’t cut the grass ! Let someone else to do this for you as grass cutting will certainly make your eyes run if you are a sufferer.
  4. Ware wrap around sunglasses .

Do you suffer from oral allergy syndrome?

Remember you do not have Hayfever in winter but you can be allergic to indoor allergens eg house dust mites which can give similar symptoms .

Also food allergens can  Exacerbate symptoms. My framework is to place the client in the middle and look at potential aero , contact and food allergens.

Finally,  be mindful that if you suffer from one allergy you will be more likely to suffer from others. Call Marlene on 07810 750940 for more


Free Drop-in Clinics

Two Devon based health professionals have joined forces to provide a resource that could help you take back control of your health.
ClinicMarlene Hochstrasser is the Clinical Director of the Devon Allergy Clinic. Last year the clinic was awarded Allergy Clinic of the Year Devon and Recognised Leader in Intolerances and Digestive Disorders UK. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse and Midwife and also has a University Diploma in Allergy from Grenwich University and has working links with Allergy UK and the Eczema Society.

Julie Harrison founder of Improve Your Health, a successful health consultancy helps and guides anyone wanting to make powerful and effective changes to diet and lifestyle. She is also the author of ‘From Cancer to Clear’ and ‘Deliciously Healthy’.

On the first Wednesday of the month they also hold another free drop in session – an allergy and eczema clinic at the Jelly Bears Play Lounge, 23-24 Crossways Shopping Centre, Hyde Road, Paignton TQ4 5BL from 10.30 am until 12 pm

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