Making sense of allergies

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Widely reported in the media at home and in the UK on June 5th is Making-Sense-of-Allergies: a report which has  investigated ideas about the causes, diagnosis and treatment with a group of allergy specialists:

Sense about science report UK Times June 5 2015“Theories about Sense about science report UK Telegraph June 5 2015allergy – some from medical research and some from lifestyle ‘gurus’ – have led to conflicting ideas about whether allergens should be avoided or homes are too hygienic. Shops, clinics and websites sell allergy tests that don’t work. Allergies are difficult to diagnose and share their symptoms with many other conditions. According to practitioners, far more people think they have an allergy than actually do, which might be why people coping with dangerous allergies complain that waiters think they’re just fussy or nursery staff don’t take their child’s allergy seriously. Are the numbers being swelled by the ‘worried well’? Has allergy become a catch-all self-diagnosis that might be masking other problems or anxieties about modern life?”

IFAN in action

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Since inception in 2010, IFAN members have actively been engaged in raising awareness of allergy in Ireland among health care providers.


IFAN’s Dr. Aideen Byrne and Prof. Jonathan Hourihane with ICGP trainers in Lyrath House, March 2015. Courtesy Bobby Studio.



IFAN’s Dr. Aideen Byrne with ICGP trainers in March 2015.  Courtesy Bobby Studio.



Attendees in Cork at one of IFAN’s education sessions for health care staff 2013.


IFAN’s Ruth Charles, Teresa Kelly and Karen Keegan promoting IFAN at EAACI’s Dublin FAAM meeting October 2014.