Friday, 23 July 2010

Your Hay Fever might actually be Allergy to Aspergillus

An article in the national media this week states that the Royal College of Physicians & Royal College of Pathologists in the UK have released a report emphasising the importance of the correct identification of the offending allergens for people who suffer from allergies.

Many sufferers seem to assume that the symptoms that they are experiencing - often pretty miserable symptoms - are hay fever that is an inevitable part of their summer. In fact for many something else is causing the problem;

12 most common inhaled allergens are:
  • grass pollen
  • house dust mite
  • cat
  • stinging nettle pollen
  • hazelnut pollen
  • birch pollen
  • latex
  • mugwort pollen
  • dog
  • moulds
    • Aspergillus fumigatus
      Alternaria alternata
      Cladosporium herbarum

Avoidance of the allergen is a fundamental part of improving the life of a sufferer but all to often the patient has no idea what this is - people who thought that they suffered from hay fever are often in fact suffering from allergies to quite different allergens.

There are now kits available that a person can use to home test some airborne allergens e.g. Imutest. These can be useful as a guide but far more detailed tests would be performed by your doctor.

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