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Preparing for your allergy test

Allergy testing can include a skin prick or scratch test, patch testing, challenge testing or an IgE blood test (RAST). The right test for you depends on your allergy symptoms and the types of allergens you might be allergic to. Allergies to cats, dogs, dust and mould are very common in the wintertime. Various pollens…

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Winter Allergies: A Complete Guide

The clocks have changed, the days are shorter and the weather colder. We often look forward to the cozy comforts of indoor living. However, for many of us, this shift brings about a less welcome guest: runny nose, watery eyes, and maybe even the occasional urticarial rash. In summary, winter allergies. Unlike the pollen-driven allergies…

RAST testing

What is IgE Testing?

The prevalence of allergies is on the rise, with no obvious end in sight. Subsequently, the demand for allergy testing is higher than it’s ever been. But what are the different options that we can test for different allergies? As part of our allergy testing series, in this article, we will focus on IgE testing,…

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Pet Allergies: How To Manage Them

The trend in the humanization of pets is growing. We have now started to see our dogs and cats as other family member. Although they bring joy, companionship, and unconditional love, they can also lead to a flurry of sneezes, itchy eyes, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Not for everyone though. For those affected, these reactions…

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Hayfever Injections: All You Need To Know

Hayfever injections used to be a very popular ‘shortcut’ to hayfever relief if conventional antihistamines didn’t control your symptoms. However, one thing you should know straight away is that the Kenalog ones that are usually advertised, are no longer licensed for hayfever treatment in the UK. Although the Kenalog hayfever injection used to be routinely…

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Hayfever and Other Pollens Testing

At Holistic Allergy we offer skin prick testing if you think you may have an allergy to different kinds of pollen. Knowing the exact type you are allergic to is important so you can take preventative measures in the future. In this article, we will talk about hayfever itself, and what the different management options…

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House Dust Mites Allergy Testing

Dust allergy is an allergic reaction to the tiny bugs that live in the dust. These are less than a quarter of a milimetre long and live off partially digested human skin scales. Although cleaning your house regularly helps, it is never possible to completely remove these creatures from our homes. When someone is allergic…