Allergies Q&A with Mumsnet

Allergies can be life threatening and are on the rise but symptoms are often confused with other conditions. With limited medical tests, many are beginning to self-diagnose, seek help from lifestyle ‘gurus’ or waste money on buying unscientific allergy tests off the internet. This often causes unnecessary worry and the wrong treatments being used. Cases of malnutrition are even being seen as parents mistakenly cut food from children’s diets.

To coincide with the launch of the new public guide Making Sense of Allergies, Mumsnet is holding an online Q&A with Sense About Science. Mumsnet users (register here) will be able to post their questions for four allergy experts who contributed to the guide to answer.

Dr Paul Seddon is a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton.

Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Paediatric Allergist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of Allergy UK, director of Allergy Academy and member of the Anaphylaxis Campaign.

Dr Tariq El-Shanawany Consultant Clinical Immunologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He has an active role in the British Society of Immunology.

Dr Samantha Walker Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Research and Policy at Asthma UK.

If you are a Mumsnet user you can ask your questions until Sunday 14th June here. Answers will be posted on the Mumsnet site 22nd June.

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