Allergy Today: Spring 2021

Allergy News – New research on the refining of pollen forecasting and our new Masterclass programme 2021

A year on from our first lockdown in the UK, it has proved to be an unprecedented year of challenge but also of new ways that we can continue to provide information and support to our allergic community, answering their questions about COVID-19 and responding to their feelings of anxiety and concern about the ways in which the virus is impacting their lives.

Our Helpline is at the heart of this, supported by our recently extended Clinical team who work tirelessly to ensure that all our calls are answered with accurate information and guidance. Our community has needed us more than ever during this difficult time and continue to do so as the roll out of the vaccination programme causes real anxiety about the risk of allergic reactions. We continue to do everything we can to support them.

After a year that has been dominated by COVID-19 we look forward to developing new resources and working on the campaigns and initiatives that will make a difference to the millions of people living with allergic disease in the UK.

In this edition of Allergy Today we have articles on allergic rhinitis, venom allergy and pollen fruit syndrome, as well as an article on the pharmacist’s role in managing allergy patients, a precursor to a Masterclass planned for autumn this year specifically for pharmacists. And Dr. Liz Angier has contributed an article on managing allergy patients in primary care during a pandemic which includes insights and learnings from the last year. We very much hope you will enjoy reading this issue.