Last year allergy awareness week focused on providing help and support to address the fears and concerns of people living with allergic conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, the focus is on childhood food allergies focusing specifically on the weaning journey for parents of babies with food allergies.
Allergy Awareness Week 2021 will take place from April 26 to April 30.
What is Allergy Awareness Week?
An allergy is a reaction your body has to a particular food or substance. While, most common in children, adults can get them too. Symptoms can include sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes. Life threatening allergies can cause swelling and breathing difficulties. Allergies are caused by your immune system mistaking harmless substances for something harmful., such as pollen, food or animals.
Allergy Awareness Week raises awareness about all allergies while highlighting the difficulties people with allergies experience. The week helps educate people who misunderstand the seriousness of allergies, especially those that are life threatening.
Substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens:
- Grass and tree pollen – known as hay fever
- Dust mites
- Animals — tiny flakes of skin or hair
- Food – particularly nuts, fruit, shellfish, eggs and cows’ milk (some food allergies can cause digestive distress)
- Insect bites and stings
- Medicines – including ibuprofen, aspirin and certain antibiotics
- Latex – used to make some gloves and condoms
- Mould – these can release small particles into the air that you can breathe in
- Household chemicals – including those in detergents and hair dyes