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Summer 2017 Newsletter
Children & Young People’s Allergy Network Scotland
Introduction Welcome to the second edition of CYANS 2017 Newsletter. This issue will update on CYANS busy start to 2017 and look towards summer with some links to advice for managing your allergies during the summer holidays and some tips on managing seasonal allergic rhinitis.
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Allergy and Free From Show 2017 CYANS were delighted to exhibit at the Allergy and Free From Show 11-12th March in Glasgow and particularly delighted to see so many of you there. Over the course of the weekend we met and chatted with hundreds of visitors and hope we were able to offer some guidance, support and resources to help you manage your allergies. We were focusing on the theme of transition from Early Years, School Years and The Young Adult with some handy leaflets on managing your allergies at School, example school care plans, a young adults experience of living with allergies at university and information from our third sector partners, Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign.
CYANS were also tweeting throughout the day and
gained a number of new followers.
CYANS Annual Paediatric Study Day Stirling 2nd March 2017
CYANS held a successful educational study day in
Stirling on the 2nd
The programme included topical presentations on
early peanut introduction in clinical practice,
prescribing auto injectors, the psychological impact
of allergies, the challenges of transition in severe
allergy and four workshops covering practical
management of allergy and interactive allergy
cases. Over 100 attendees participated with
feedback from 95% of attendees indicating the
event met their expectations.
‘Excellent meeting, very well organised with a
great range of presentations’
‘Excellent day. Great variety of speakers all
passionate about their subjects’
‘Asthma workshop was great!’
Primary Care Allergy Training March 2017 We are pleased to be continuing our successful
programme of Primary Care Allergy Training for
GPs in Scotland.
In March we delivered two sessions, the first in
Glasgow on 8th March, and a second at QMH
Dunfermline on 21st March. Feedback for this
training has been consistently positive and we
hope to continue this training across Scotland
through 2017 and beyond.
Feedback from the day:
‘Better able to counsel patients with allergies. Better able to diagnose. Know where to go for resources for myself or patients’ ‘All was great, able to interact and ask. Able to apply knowledge from online resources’ ‘More likely to refer to paediatrics, more confident in prescribing epipen and greater awareness of treatment options’
‘To register interest in upcoming training please
Health Care Professionals
CYANS new website is now live at
The website, now hosted on WordPress has a
new look in keeping with the NHS Scotland
brand guidelines while retaining content, links
and the unique CYANS identity from the
original website and will be improved and
adapted over time with new content and
functionality. We welcome feedback and ideas
for the websites improvement so please do not
hesitate to get in touch via the ‘contact us’
CYANS New Website
Safe Travel with Allergy Planning a holiday when dealing with food allergies can be time consuming and sometimes scary. Dr Clifford Bassett from Allergy and Asthma Care of New York outlines some hints and tips to consider when travelling with food allergies. ( CYANS has adapted these for UK patients and families)
Useful links: Summer Travel Tips with Dr. Clifford Bassett
Allergy UK– Quick Guide to Holidays
Anaphylaxis Campaign– Travelling Advice
There are many websites that will help with travel planning. CYANS would recommend starting with Allergy UK or The Anaphylaxis Campaign websites which have travel tips, instructions, videos and helpful reminders especially for those with life-threatening allergies.
Symptoms of hay fever include:
Runny , blocked, stuffy Nose
Itchy, inflamed eyes/ and or
What causes hay fever?
The most common allergen causing
hay fever are;
Grass pollen which occurs from the
end of spring through to August.
Tree pollen, which can be found from
February through to June,
Weed pollen in the autumn period,
June through September.
Note - Hay fever which occurs at
certain times of the year can be
referred to as seasonal allergic
Do I need to have tests?
Some individuals may have skin
prick testing to identify the allergens
but it is generally accepted that hay
fever is very common and usually
testing is not required for mild,
simple hay fever.
Managing Hay Fever Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, is where someone reacts to an inhaled allergen, commonly pollen which causes inflammation of the nose and can affect anyone at any age but more common in older children than younger.
Check if you have Hay Fever
Hay fever is most commonly treated with antihistamines which reduce the effects of histamine in the body. These are readily available over the counter or via a GP with a recommended daily dose. Non drowsy medication is preferred if possible. For troublesome symptoms a steroid nasal spray and/or eye drops may be required as an additional treatment.
Self help tips
Avoiding air borne allergens such as pollen can be difficult but there are measures that people can take to reduce the impact.
The use of a saline nasal wash (douching)
can help remove pollen; use of a barrier balm
at the edge of each nostril prior to exposure
can help block pollen being inhaled.
Keep windows closed when indoors or in the
Wear wrap around sunglasses and a wide
brimmed hat to keep pollen allergen away
from the face and eyes
Showering and changing clothes after
exposure as well as ensuring clothing is dried
indoors can also help reduce exposure.
Keeping check on the weather forecast and
being prepared for high pollen days
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