World Allergy Week is an annual initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and society to increase the awareness of allergies and advocate for the provision of training and resources in the diagnosis, management, and prevention.
An allergy is a reaction causing a systemic immune response to the body, this response can vary and could be triggered by a variety of foods or substances. Some of the common ones are: nuts, shellfish, eggs, cow’s milk, medications, grass and tree pollen, dust mites and animal dander, latex gloves, different moulds and common detergents and hair dyes.
This year Allergy Awareness week will focus on Eczema. Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, non-contagious pruritic (itchy) skin disease. Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema and is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. However, it may also develop for the first time in adults.
The severity of atopic eczema can vary a lot from person to person. People with mild eczema may only have small areas of dry skin that are occasionally itchy. In more severe cases, atopic eczema can cause widespread red, inflamed skin all over the body and constant itching. Scratching can disrupt your sleep, make your skin bleed, and cause secondary infections. It can also make itching worse, and a cycle of itching and regular scratching may develop. This can lead to sleepless nights and difficulty concentrating.
Although, there is currently no cure, treatment for atopic eczema can help to relieve these symptoms and many cases improve over time.
There are many ways that you as an individual can get involved. To find out more please visit the WAO website. Each year WAO receives stories, audio and video recordings, photographs and press releases from the many programs and activities that take place locally, nationally and regionally due to the innovative planning of participating individuals and organisations.
If you would like any further information please contact a ‘Cignpost Health’ Nurse Case Manager on: 020 3908 3959 or email us direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
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American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. (2018) Available at: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/rhinitis/allergic-rhinitis-quiz (Accessed: 14 March 2018).