THE NATIONAL YOUTH AGENCY: looksat ... allergies

| 22 January 2003

January 20 marked the start of Food Allergy and Food Intolerance Week.

An allergy is a hypersensitivity to a substance that causes your body to react to contact with it. For example, many people suffer from hayfever which is an allergic reaction to pollen. Others are allergic to different kinds of foods, milk products or nuts. Similarly some people are allergic to fabrics or cosmetic products.

For more information see the pages on Allergies under Health Matters on or contact these organisations:

Allergy UK, Deepdene House, 30 Bellegrove Road, Welling, Kent DA16 3PY.

Tel: 020 8303 8583.

Web site:

Action Against Allergy, PO Box 278, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 4QQ. Tel: 020 8892 2711. Web site:

- Extracted from, The NYA's online information toolkit for young people. For more information contact Esther Cameron on 0116 285 3782 or visit the web site at

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