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Allergies

Allergies are becoming increasingly common here in the UK, with some 21 million adults thought to have at least one allergy. Half of which are in fact believed to have more than one allergy. Browse our useful tips and articles on how to diagnose an allergy and some common myths. 

Allergies: an introduction

Allergies are becoming increasingly common here in the UK, with some 21 million adults thought to have at least one allergy.

Key facts and figures

Allergy myths

Take a look at some of the most common myths about allergies – and the facts behind them.

Discover the facts

More myths

The truth behind another four allergy myths. Be sure you have the facts about allergies and their effects.

Find out more

How are allergies diagnosed?

Rather than searching the internet to self diagnose, the best way to find out if you have an allergy is by visiting your GP.

Diagnostics and tests

Hayfever

Even though hayfever is so common, there are a surprising number of myths and misconceptions surrounding it.

Hayfever infographic

Bee and wasp stings

Bee and wasp stings are not uncommon, but how can you detect the difference between a normal reaction and an allergic reaction?

Spot the difference

Pet allergies

Whilst many of us may love having pets, for some of us contact with animals can lead to unpleasant allergic reactions.

Why are we allergic?

Childhood allergy

Genetics, the environment and better diagnostics methods all have a role to play in diagnosing childhood allergies.

Underlying causes

Peanut allergies

According to Allergy UK, peanut and tree nut allergies are the most common food allergies in adults and children.

Symptoms and treatment

Food allergies

When a specific food is eaten, the body can have an allergic reaction, but is it an allergy or an intolerance?

Discover the difference

Intolerance and problem foods

We take a look at some of the more common “culprits” behind the nation's food allergies and food intolerances. 

The main suspects

Severe allergic reactions

While many allergic reactions can be mild to moderate, there are some severe reactions which can be life threatening.

Know the symptoms

Unique allergies

Some allergies are far more unusual than others, take a look at some of the most unique examples of allergies in the world.

Unique allergies

Stay fit in allergy season

Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean your health needs to suffer too. Check out these top tips for keeping fit. 

Keeping fit

What is a skin allergy?

Skin allergies usually occur when your skin touches something which your immune system perceives as a threat.

Find out more

Eczema

Tom Branwell has had eczema all his life. Here he talks to benenden health about managing his condition. 

Read Tom's story

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