In recent times, the Athlone Advertiser chatted with Joyce Clegg, Managing Director of The Allergy Clinic in the Galway Clinic, pertaining to matters allergies and their impact on the human body and surrounding environment.
“Allergy symptoms will last throughout the whole year and are not just for summer! If you have been living with undiagnosed allergies you will most likely have been suffering for quite some time before seeking treatment.
“When you have allergies, your immune system reacts to a substance, such as pollen, dust mites, mould, pet dander or food and identifies these substances as harmful, even though they are not. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system’s reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system making you feel generally unwell.
“The severity of allergies varies from person to person and can range from minor irritation, to severe symptoms or to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening emergency,” Joyce remarked.
Common allergy symptoms
· Swelling of the lips, tingling tongue, · Dark circles under the eyes · Itchy eyes and nose · Runny nose · Sneezing · Watery eyes
· Migraine or sinus headaches
· Body Rash
· Upset stomach.
“If you are suffering with any of these symptoms, we recommend you come to The Allergy Clinic where we will complete a comprehensive skin prick allergy test to uncover your allergy drivers. You will receive your results before you leave our clinic along with a full management plan and a referral to a consultant specialist if need be.
“Our medical team are specialist in the field of allergies and endeavour to help all of our patients, adults and children, lead an allergy controlled healthy life,” Joyce asserted.