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