We mentioned in our most recent blog post that this week is Allergy Awareness Week (25th April - 1st May 2016). This year's campaign aims to dispel common misconceptions faced by those living with allergies.
As part of the Allergy Awareness campaign Allergy UK has carried out a recent survey which highlights some important statistics on the subject of misconceptions:
- They found that 41% of those surveyed felt that their allergy had not been taken seriously when talking about it.
- Worryingly 39% say that their allergy was dismissed in the workplace.
- 24% of respondents had at some point heard those living with allergies described as 'attention seekers'.
- 40% think that an allergy is not a valid reason to be off work.
You can read more about the campaign on the Allergy UK website.
Furthermore, to show our support for this important campaign we have decided to dedicate our tweet week to those who have been tweeting all things allergies. We've rounded up a varied selection of tweets focusing on the subject.
First up, NHS Choices started last week with a general introduction to allergies. Click their link to learn about common allergens and symptoms to look out for.
On Tuesday home baker and blogger Mummy Bakes Dairy Free tweeted a personal account of the journey she has been through with her young daughter, who received a cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) diagnosis at just six months old. Her blog post provides some insightful tips and links to online support systems she has found useful.
Allergies come in all different shapes and sizes. So much so that we even devoted a whole article to rare allergies. Standard Issue Magazine asked a selection of its writers to reveal their allergies. From Love Hearts to London - it makes for an interesting read.
Eating out can prove to be a minefield for those who have food alleriges. Can I Eat There wants to help by providing a comprehensive website full of allergy-free restaurant information. Great job! On Wednesday they showed their support for the Allergy Awareness Week campaign.
Every Thursday evening between 8.30-9.30pm Twitter comes to life with a discussion of all things allergy during #AllergyHour. The Twitter chat co-founder Allergy Mum UK reminded us that this week's #AllergyHour will host two special guests. If you're interested in hearing what they have to say and want to get involved then make sure you have your tweeting fingers at the ready.
UK-based charity Anaphylaxis Campaign highlighted a recent case where a restaurant received a fine for failing to adhere to The Food Safety Act 1990. A young male had to attend hospital for a life-threatening anaphylactic shock following the restaurant's lapse in following this legislation.
On Friday food and allergies blogger Natalie from Intolerant Gourmand tweeted a link to her review of the recent Allergy and Free From Show. It's great to see that allergy-friendly food is on the up!
Don't forget to keep your eye on the #AllergyAwarenessWeek hashtag on Twitter to get all the latest campaign news.