It’s important to know whether you have allergies because you can avoid the items that trigger them, known as allergens, and get medication if necessary. When you have an illness that isn’t cured by over-the-counter drugs or suspect you have a food allergy, you’ll see an allergist, a doctor who specialises with allergies.
Dr Di Hawarden is the immediate past chairperson of ALLSA. (Allergy Society of South Africa) She has served on the committee since 2001. Dr Hawarden worked at the allergy clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital from January 2000 to October 2018. In addition, she had a private practice at UCT Lung Institute, where she saw private adult and paediatric allergy patients. Di is an enthusiastic examiner, convenor and moderator of the Diploma in Allergy run through the CMSA. Together with Professor Weinberg, she is the editor of Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology. (CACI) Di and Dr Shaunagh write the popular ABC of Allergy which appears in each edition of the journal. She has published in local and international journals, and writes a section for the South African Medicine Formulary. (SAMF).