Health group is raising awareness of dangers of allergies

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South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Allergy Awareness Week which runs until Tuesday.

Each year, the number of allergy sufferers increases by five per cent with half of those affected being children.

Whilst raising awareness of all allergic conditions affecting an estimated 21 million sufferers in the UK, the main focus for this year’s Allergy Awareness campaign is on seasonal allergic rhinitis or ‘hayfever’.

The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it.

Chairman of the group Dr Kevin Hill said: “I would urge people feeling unwell with the symptoms of hayfever or any type of allergic condition to visit their pharmacist or GP in the first instance.

“Depending on the nature and severity of the condition, some patients may need a GP referral to an allergy consultant at a specialist clinic.”