Food Allergy

Itchy skin – not always an allergy.

Itching of the skin (the medical term is Pruritiis) can be a debilitating condition. The immediate assumption is that the itching is due to an allergy. But if there are no spots or rashes, an allergy may be far from the cause. Did you know that excess dryness of the skin stimulates the histamine itch [...]

By | 2017-06-09T21:01:43+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Faecal Microbiota Transplant

This involves taking stool specimens from healthy individuals and transplanting it into the gut of people who suffer with bowel problems that relate to faulty or pathogenic organisms in the gut. This may be a factor in certain chronic conditions that are difficult to treat with conventional medication and antibiotics. These include Inflammatory Bowel Disease [...]

By | 2016-11-12T14:05:19+00:00 November 12th, 2016|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Give lactose a break!

Lactose in milk has been implicated in infant colic and feeding problems, with a migration to lactose-free formulas. However, Lactose is very important in the infants diet as it adds flavour to milk, aids absorption of calcium and promotes the growth of probiotics. Growing infants need lactose as a carbohydrate source. Did you know there [...]

By | 2015-09-16T06:18:17+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Food Protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome – 10 years down

A recent international study has highlighted this condition Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (or FPIES) related to a delayed allergic hypersensitivity to food that results in infants developing severe colic, feeding difficulties, vomiting and diarrhoea all occurring within 4 hours of feeding. Of the 180 different foods investigated, cow’s milk, soy, rice and oats were most often implicated. Of those [...]

By | 2014-12-17T09:01:17+00:00 December 14th, 2014|Food Allergy|0 Comments

New Food Labelling Law

On December 13th a new law will ensure that all food outlets have to clearly state ingredients and specifically 14 common allergens that may be contained in food. Previously this only applied to packaged foods, but the new legislation includes all foods available for sale including school dinners. The fourteen allergens include, Cow's milk, Egg, Gluten [...]

By | 2014-11-28T19:28:42+00:00 November 28th, 2014|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity

Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is gaining respect amongst the medical fraternity. This condition which mimics Coeliac Disease presents with up to 250 symptoms reported so far.  Allergy and immunological skin and blood tests for Coeliac Disease are all negative, but those afflicted respond well to a Gluten-free diet (and possibly also low FODMAP or low fermentable sugar diet). Symptoms [...]

By | 2014-08-12T17:51:16+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Nut allergy clusters

Certain individuals may be allergic to specific nut groups or clusters. For example if allergic to Walnuts, then its likely you will react to Pecan and Brazil nuts as well. If allergic to Cashew nuts then you are likely to react to Pistachio nuts and Mango fruit.

By | 2014-06-04T10:29:08+00:00 June 4th, 2014|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Peanut desensitisation

Researchers in Cambridge have successfully completed a 2 year study which will have a major impact on peanut allergy sufferers. They successfully desensitised a group of children to peanuts by initially giving them traces of peanut (starting with 1/70th a peanut), incrementally increasing the dose every 2 weeks.  By the end of the 2 year [...]

By | 2014-02-23T08:14:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2014|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Factors enhancing anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is triggered by a single allergen in 80% of cases, but in 20% cases, the primary allergen may not be so clear. Certain factors promote anaphylaxis occurring and make reactions more intense. These trigger factors include:  Exercise (as in food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (FDEIA) as occurs with exercising shortly      after meals containing  wheat, shellfish, meat, [...]

By | 2013-08-26T20:49:04+00:00 August 26th, 2013|Food Allergy|0 Comments

Lactose Intolerance testing

Lactose is a type of disaccharide carbohydrate (sugar) found in animal breast milk, most commonly in cows milk but also found in other mammalian milk including human breast milk.  The digestive  enzyme lactase, found in our gut and used to digest (break down) dietary lactose into absorbable glucose and galactase, is often naturally switched off [...]

By | 2013-06-11T09:59:24+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Food Allergy|0 Comments