Infection & Allergy

Both infections and allergy are dependent upon our immune response. For some people common infections such as colds and flu are a rare occurrance, while for others they seem to occur all too often. With allergy it is also the same, with some individuals seemingly prone to a whole host of allergies, while others rarely react to anything. To understand what is going on the workings of the immune system need to be examined. This extremely complex system is basically a defence force that we have built up, as we evolved from bacteria all the way through the earliest mammals to ourselves, homo sapiens. It is designed to detect things that don't belong in or on our bodies and to react to them in order to neutralise their effect.

One of the main ways in which the immune system affects our bodies is through inflammation.

Food allergies affect a large number of people to a greater or lesser extent. Some people suffer from medically recognised allergies that produce immediate symptoms caused by inflammation and can be detected by skin reactions. Others suffer from slower acting allergies that may be detected through blood testing. Select a topic below to find out about the key issues, including nutritional guidelines for those suffering from allergy.

For more about food allergies see the "Don't miss..." sections below that explain food allergies, run through the different types of test that are available for food allergies, explain gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance.

Don't miss.... more from Robin.

  • Nearly all of us suffer from colds or flu at some time or other, with the majority getting between 2-6 episodes per year. What are the best ways to both prevent and reduce the duration of these repiratory illnesses?
  • How do food allergies come about? Click above to find out more.