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Find information from our Head of Clinical Services on allergy and coronavirus, plus Factsheets on topics relating to hay fever, asthma and respiratory allergy.

Coronavirus FAQ's

Allergy UK has put together a list of FAQs on Coronavirus for people living with allergy. We are working with allergy specialists on our Health Advisory Board and our own Clinical team to answer some of the questions we have received on our Helpline. 

Allergy and Coronavirus FAQs

We have worked with our specialists to answer your COVID 19 queries, find the latest here.

Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Hay fever is a common allergic reaction which occurs at particular times of the year. It is known as seasonal rhinitis, sharing symptoms with perennial (year round) allergic rhinitis, but occurring as a reaction to pollen from grass, trees and weeds during the early spring and summer months. It can affect both adults and children.

Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

This section includes information on hay fever, as well as Factsheets on allergic rhinitis in both adults and children

Asthma and Respiratory Allergy

Asthma is a common and long term lung condition that requires ongoing management. Asthma causes sensitivity to the airways, which can become inflamed and narrow on exposure to certain triggers, leading to difficulty in breathing.

The symptoms of Asthma commonly starts in childhood but it is possible to develop asthma at any age.  This condition cannot be cured, but with a good Asthma action plan it can be well controlled.

Asthma and Respiratory Allergy

This section includes information about asthma as well as Factsheets on other respiratory allergies such as house dust mite and pets

Improving your indoor air quality

Good indoor air quality is crucial for human health and particularly important for vulnerable groups i.e. babies, children, the elderly, as well as people living with respiratory and allergic diseases. 

Indoor Air Quality

This section includes information about allergies found in the home including house dust mite, mould and domestic pets

Allergic Eye Disease and VKC

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis, or VKC, is a form of allergic eye disease. The symptoms occur when children are exposed to environmental allergens like dust and pollen. These allergens cause an allergic reaction and inflammation on the front surface of the eye.

Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis (VKC)

This sections includes information on Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) including signs, symptoms and treatments