Swelling after an insect bite: When should you see a doctor?
Not everyone will require medical treatment if they have swelling of the skin after being stung by an insect. It is only necessary if the person has previously experienced allergic shock after an insect sting.read more
The controversy over baby wipes
What do baby wipes have to do with food allergies? Not much at first. But in spring 2018, headlines appeared claiming that ‘baby wipes cause food allergies.’ Although there is no proven connection, there are still good reasons to takeread more
Food Allergies: What You Need to Know About Kissing
People who are allergic to certain foods take care to avoid them. But allergic reactions can also occur upon contact with other people who have eaten these foods.read more
What are Some Small Gift Ideas for Children with Food Allergies?
The Advent and Christmas season is a time for treats. Gingerbread, burnt sugar almonds and chocolate Santas brighten up the dark winter days for young and old alike. It is also the season for giving.read more
How can I prevent mould growth in my home?
Mould is a type of fungus that can pose a risk to human health when it grows indoors. Mould spores and fungal toxins can trigger allergy symptoms such as sneezing fits, runny nose, coughing, fatigue or gastrointestinal disorders. Mould sporesread more
I’m pregnant. Can I still receive desensitisation therapy?
Desensitisation is currently the only way to treat the causes of an allergy. The therapy takes a long time to complete and requires some persistence. If a woman has been receiving desensitisation therapy and then finds out she is pregnant,read more
Can one be ‘allergic’ to mosquito bites?
For most people, mosquito bites are a harmless nuisance. But in certain individuals, large hives can develop on the skin where they have been bitten. Do these reactions indicate an allergy? ECARF spoke about this with Marcus Maurer, Professor ofread more
What Do I Need to Know About Henna Tattoos?
Henna tattoos are a popular holiday souvenir that street artists draw onto people’s hands or feet. Since the colour fades after a few weeks and the application doesn’t hurt, they seem like a great alternative for children. But temporary bodyread more
What to Pack in a Travel Health Kit
Fever, diarrhoea, muscle strains – accidents or illnesses are not the first things that come to mind when planning a holiday. People with allergies need to be prepared so that they do not have to resort to inappropriate medications whileread more
My Child Has an Allergy – Tips for Starting School
Every child looks forward to the first day of school with excitement and anticipation. For parents, it is a time of ‘letting go’ as their children become more independent. This can be especially difficult when a child has severe allergies.read more
What Precautions Should Be Taken When Gardening?
Sunny days mean more time spent outdoors. One’s own garden is a great place to get away from the stress of daily life. People with allergies can also enjoy their little spot of green if they follow these tips forread more
What are the advantages of the new EU regulation on allergen labelling?
EU directives 2007/68/EG and 2003/89/EG stipulate that the 14 most common allergy and intolerance triggering substances must be listed in the ingredients list on product packaging. A new EU directive has been in force since 2014. Here is an overviewread more
How can I exercise if I have asthma?
Not only can asthmatics exercise, they actually should. Movement is the best respiratory therapy. Regular physical activity strengthens pulmonary function, improves endurance and the respiratory muscles, eases depression and helps you relax.read more
What is the Best Way to Prepare for a Trip to Asia if You Have a Soya Allergy?
Soya is commonly used in Asian cuisine. But travellers with a soya allergy should not let this put them off. It is essential to be well prepared when travelling to Asian countries.read more
How Can I Safely Manage Allergens in the Kitchen?
When a member of the family becomes allergic to a certain food, the focus of the kitchen suddenly shifts from preparing delicious food to ensuring food safety. The overriding concern is to keep the allergen in question out of theread more
How can I make my own children’s make-up?
How can I make my own children’s make-up? Sheriff, cowboy, monster – kids love taking on different roles, trying things out and seeing what it’s like to be someone else. There are no limits to fancy dress ideas for Mardi […]read more
How can I use diet and lifestyle to improve atopic dermatitis?
The treatment of atopic dermatitis requires patience and a combination of different therapies. The progression of the disease and the effective therapies are highly individual. However, many patients with atopic dermatitis patients fail to receive a thorough diagnosis and endread more