Rhinolight, the latest treatment for Hay fever & Allergic Rhinitis – available now at ROC

Hay fever can be either perennial (all year round) or seasonal (namely spring/summer) and can have a significant impact on children and adults leading to missed exams, absent work days and generally poor performance. Symptoms are due to excess fluid in the facial tissues and similar to a common cold such as runny or blocked, […]

What are the latest treatments for hay fever?

With hay fever season fast approaching, I wanted to review this condition and discuss avoidance strategies as well as seeing what common treatment options are available as well as some of the newer options. Allergic to hay? The old nickname of hay fever was coined because symptoms would occur during the hay harvest from May […]

House Dust Mite Allergy – the hidden allergen in your home!

Do you wake up in the morning feeling puffy eyed, runny nose, catarrh, sneezing, coughing or wheezing? Is your eczema or asthma out of control in the winter months once the heating has been switched on? Then you could have House Dust Mite (HDM) allergy. What’s the allergen? HDMs are microscopic creatures that live in […]

Allergy Focus: Spring is coming – Dreading it?

For some hay fever sufferers, they will already be in the midst of allergy season at the moment if they have tree pollen allergies (March-May), but for the rest, spring comes with a sense of dread as the grass pollination season (May-July) begins. You can also be allergic to weed pollens whose season can continue […]

Allergy Testing at ROC. What to expect from a consultation

  Initially a detailed history is taken about allergic symptoms, other illnesses, the environment and possible triggers, in order to give the doctor an understanding of your personal situation and to guide the testing to follow. The doctor is also happy to review letters/results from other sources. If necessary, a physical examination can take place, […]

The Nail Cosmetics Allergy Epidemics: How can Nail Varnish harm you?

Earlier in the year the British Association of Dermatologists warned over an epidemic of contact allergies stemming from use of nail varnishes and gels. Whilst having attractive looking nails, have you ever wondered what is causing that rash on your face?   What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a form of eczema […]

Wheat: Friend or Foe?

Confused by all the anti-wheat hype? Here’s the low down on the evidence behind whether or not wheat is for you. Grain-based foods, including wheat, are an important source of nutrients, such as B vitamins needed for cell metabolism and dietary fibre for gut health. In addition, any diet that unnecessarily restricts food groups can […]

Managing food allergies and food intolerances

Food Allergy and Food Intolerance are very hot topics. These are widely discussed in newspapers, magazines as well as scientific journals. One of the reasons for that is the fact that food allergies and intolerances are on the rise, and we are fairly certain you know someone who has an allergy or intolerance to food, […]

Lactose Intolerance versus Cow’s Milk Allergy in babies

Lactose Intolerance and Cow’s Milk Allergy are often confused, however they are very separate illnesses. Lactose intolerance This is when your baby has difficulty digesting lactose, the natural sugar found in cow’s milk. It is caused by low levels (or complete lack) of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down and digest lactose. […]