About Allergies

As many as 20% of Ireland’s population suffer with some form of allergy. Half of these have serious conditions such as asthma or eczema, however, many put up with minor symptoms or explain them away as a summer cold.1

The number of people suffering with hayfever has increased over the decade with experts in immunology and allergy calculating more than 1 in 4 UK and Irish citizens experience hayfever compared to 1 in 8 in the early 1980’s.2

Grass pollen is the most common allergen in Ireland and implicated in most hayfever allergies; 90% of people with hayfever in Britain and Ireland are allergic to it. The grass pollen season begins in mid May and by the end of May high pollen counts can be detected across the country.3

Whilst some allergic reactions can be severe, with correct management and education most can be controlled.4

This website is designed to help answer questions and provide support for the sufferers and their carers.

What are allergies?

Allergies are an over-reaction by the body to substances it considers to be potentially harmful.5

  • Causes of Allergy
  • Allergy Classification
  • The Allergic reaction explained
  • Why are allergies increasing?
  • Genetics
  • Timing
  • Environment
  • Protection

READ MORE

Dealing with Allergies

The first step in dealing with an allergy is to try and avoid the allergen, read our guides to how to deal with an allergy.

  • Allergy Avoidance
  • Antihistamines
  • Education and Self Management
  • Allergy Avoidance
  • Correctly using medication
  • Handling Allergic Reactions
  • What to Do

READ MORE

References
  1. http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=2441 [paragraph 10, summer cold]
  2. Hay Fever – How to Beat It, Dr Carson, Sheldon Press page 65
  1. http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=2441 [paragraph 6-7]
  2. BMA; Understanding allergies. Publication year 2013, Publisher Family Doctor Publications; author Dr Joanne Clough, Page 121
  1. BMA; Understanding allergies. Publication year 2013, Publisher Family Doctor Publications; author Dr Joanne Clough, Page 7/13