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Local health bosses are encouraging people to take control of their allergies to lessen the impact they have on their lives.

NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Allergy Awareness Week (24-30 April 2017), organised by Allergy UK, a week that aims to raise awareness of allergies and provide information about the best ways to control them.

More than one-in-four people in the UK suffer from an allergy at some time in their lives. The numbers are increasing every year and as many as half of those affected are children. Some of the most common allergens include pollen, house dust mites, mould and pets. Less common allergens include nuts, fruit and latex.

Common allergic disorders include asthma, eczema and hay fever. Symptoms of an allergy can include sneezing, wheezing, coughing and skin rashes.

Dr Richard Davies, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, said: “Allergies are very common and on the rise. Wherever possible, the most effective way of managing them is to avoid all contact with the allergen.

“Medication can't cure your allergy, but it can be used to treat the common symptoms of an allergy, such as a runny nose, itchy mouth and sneezing.

“It’s important to remember that most allergies are minor and treatments are available over the counter, remember to always seek advice before starting to take any new medication. In some cases people can have a severe reaction, known as anaphylaxis, which can impact hugely on their daily lives and needs much closer monitoring.”

If you think that you have an allergy or you need some support managing an allergy, visit your local pharmacist who will be able to help you with medication or advise you the best way of avoiding the allergen.

For more information about allergies, their symptoms and treatment visit: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Allergies or you can visit the Allergy UK website at www.allergyuk.org.

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