Holiday hay fever

“When a person inhales a substance they’re allergic to – an allergen – the body reacts by releasing allergic substances

Managing allergies in the 21st century

“Despite the country having one of the highest prevalence rates of allergic disorders in the developing world, South Africa has

Hay fever season is here!

“Hay fever — which results in the inflammation of the nasal passages and a variety of annoying symptoms, such as

AFSA allergy courses

Medical professionals have the role of recognising allergies, advising patients and dispensing allergy medication and it is therefore a key

Cold, flu, or allergic rhinitis: what’s the correct diagnosis?

Before recommending any treatments to patients it is important to check what other medicines they are taking — including prescription,

Allergic rhinitis in autumn

Many allergic rhinitis sufferers have symptoms that flare in autumn and early winter, however patients commonly misinterpret the symptoms as

Revolutionary discovery to reduce sensitivity to allergies

Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered a method using immune cell transfer and genetic engineering to switch allergic reactions on or off.

Allergic conjunctivitis: the big 6

Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitised and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.

Cape Town pollen counts off the charts

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been monitoring pollen in different areas of Cape Town for more than 20 years and has noticed a massive surge in pollen levels.

STUDY: Food allergy research in SA

What proportion of children with egg and peanut allergies outgrow their allergies after five years? Professor Claudia Gray’s work shows unexpectedly high rates of food allergy in children with eczema

Revolutionary discovery to reduce sensitivity to allergies

Researchers have found a way to silence the allergic inflammation in mice with a form of immune transfer and gene therapy allowing the immune system to become tolerant of previous allergens.

The correct nasal spray your secret to fight allergies

The Honorary Secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA), Dr Shaunagh Emanuel, explains that there are three main