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Clinic Notice Board
Our Cape Town Clinic is moving.
Our Cape Town allergy clinic will move from Library Square in Claremont to 35 Finsbury Avenue in Newlands 7700 at the end of January 2015. The Johannesburg allergy clinic will remain at 200 Rivonia Road in Morningside. The consultation fee will increase to R1250 in 2015 due to weakening rand and increased cost of testing reagents imported from Europe.
Peanut, milk and wheat intake in pregnancy associated with less allergy and asthma in childhood
Maternal intake of peanut, cow’s milk and wheat flour during pregnancy has been associated with lower incidence of allergies in children. This is contrary to the previous advice to avoid allergenic foods in pregnancy. Childhood asthma is less likely if milk is consumed and eczema is less likely if wheat is consumed. The study was compelling, and suggested that high allergy-risk pregnant mothers should be encouraged wherever possible to consume these foods throughout their pregnancy
Bunyavanich, Supinda et al. Journal Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014: 133.5 1373-1382.
Early use of moisturisers prevents infantile eczema.
A recent study showed that if infants had emollients or moisturisers applied to their skin from 3 weeks of age, they were far less likely to develop eczema by 6 months of age. This involved full-body application of simple emollients at least once daily. The skin barrier enhancement protected against allergen sensitisation and subsequent eczema in high allergy risk infants. It was noted that this is a safe, cheap and feasible intervention.
Eric L. Simpson et al. Journal Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014; 134 ;818-823
South African Pollen & Allergen Forecast
14th to 20th December 2014 (Week 50)
Pollen: Tree, grass & weed pollen (triggers hay fever)