COVID-19 vaccine and anaphylaxis

There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation about risks of anaphylaxis to the COVID -19 coronavirus vaccines available. Many healthy individuals are being declined the vaccine and told to be allergy tested if they have a history of food or medication allergy or any form of anaphylaxis. The COVID-19 vaccines contain no food [...]

By |2021-05-13T14:15:20+02:00May 13th, 2021|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

New oral immunotherapy vaccines Acarizax and Itulazax.

ALK Abello will be launching their new House Dust Mite (Acarizax) and Silver Birch tree pollen (Itulazax) sublingual desensitisation immunotherapy vaccines (SLIT) in the UK in late 2021. This follows the highly successful Grass pollen vaccine SLIT called Grazax which was launched about 10 years ago and has greatly improved quality of life for thousands [...]

By |2021-03-04T15:54:12+02:00March 4th, 2021|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

COVID Rashes

COVID-19 infections manifest in a multitude of different ways and after the initial viral illness, there seem to be a number of debilitating long-term effects that may develop.   The skin manifestations are related to the COVID-19 virus damaging small skin blood vessels and very often mimic and be confused with skin allergies. 1) COVID Toes [...]

By |2020-12-18T21:54:49+02:00December 18th, 2020|Skin Allergy|0 Comments

COVID-19 Vaccine Allergy

A number of highly allergic individuals have had acute allergic reactions to the COVID-19 Vaccine available in the UK from Pfizer/BioNTech pharmaceuticals. It appears to be an excipient in the vaccine called Polyethylene Glycol that causes these reactions. It is therefore advised to avoid this Covid-19 vaccine if allergic to polyethylene glycol, or if you have [...]

By |2020-12-13T12:51:09+02:00December 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Multiple component allergy testing in ISAC and ALEX

Allergology has come a long way since Johansson and Ishizaka discovered IgE in 1967 to be the antibody that mediated acute serious allergic reactions. Phadia, and then Thermo Fisher developed multiple specific allergy tests using individual IgE antigens that revolutionised allergy diagnosis and treatment. More recent developments include testing sensitivity to the various component allergenic [...]

By |2020-05-25T14:11:35+02:00May 25th, 2020|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Protecting Immune System

A lot of products on the market claim to boost the immune system. No time is more pertinent than now with COVID-19. This is a very controversial topic as taking additional vitamins and minerals are unlikely to add any protection to viral infections. The mass media contains a lot of pseudoscience and unnecessary supplements. There [...]

By |2020-05-03T22:28:34+02:00May 3rd, 2020|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Virtual Online Allergy Consultations

As a consequence of social distancing and the nationwide "Lock Down" imposed during the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic, our clinic has opened up slots for online consultations using web consultating and telemedicine with Zoom and Skype. Allergy diagnosing and management is possible remotely using virtual consultations as most of the allergy trigger clues are in the [...]

By |2020-05-01T21:16:56+02:00May 1st, 2020|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Urticaria-Understanding the beast

Chronic Urticaria: understanding the beast within you. Chronic Urticaria (CU) is an incapacitating condition that can persist for a few months to many years.  Understanding the individual presenting lesions helps with planning treatment.  Chronic Urticaria affects up to 30% of the population at sometime in their lives, and women are 6 times more likely than [...]

By |2020-01-08T10:37:19+02:00January 8th, 2020|Skin Allergy|0 Comments

Strawberries are nuts!

Recent conversation with a patient alerted me to the fact that a Strawberry is technically a nut. At first I thought this was Trump “fake news”.  But this is actually true as the strawberry has seeds that are on the outside of the fruit and not on the inside as in most fruits (surrounded by [...]

By |2019-11-12T09:58:28+02:00November 12th, 2019|Food Allergy|0 Comments