Eczema, food, latex and pollen allergies

balloons-1732470_640Before I met my husband (many moons ago), I’d never been exposed to allergies. 25+ years ago, growing up in my little old town of Hokitika, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, allergies and food intolerances were so uncommon that for me they were non-existent. This all changed when I met hubby and was introduced to his dust, animal dander and pollen allergies. I’d gone from blissful ignorance to full blown allergy submersion. Of course, Hubby had lived with his allergies for as long as he could remember so the learning curve was all mine, thankfully he was well versed in how to prevent a flare up, I just had to take his lead. For more on his allergies, check out my previous post “The Impacts of Our Family’s Allergies”.

Things have changed dramatically in the last 15 years or so. In fact, recently the World Allergy Organisation announced that allergies should be considered a global public health problem and that steps need to be taken to promote awareness about them. Allergies like eczema were estimated to affect 334 million globally in 2013, with an alarmingly increasing number of children being subjected to this form of allergy.

In this post I want to a bit of information about the eczema and food, latex and pollen allergies, along with their symptoms and various treatment. The information outlined below should not be considered medical advice and I urge you to seek professional medical treatment should experience any of the symptoms below.

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Anaphylaxis – What is it?

I wanted to give you all some information on anaphylaxis as this is the most fatal of all allergic reactions. Bear with me, it’s a long post but it’s full of all of the information you need to know about Anaphylaxis!

Thankfully we haven’t experienced anaphylaxis in our household but we are prepared for that event should it happen one day. It’s a scary thought but the more you know the more you can prevent it from occurring so have a read below…

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