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Allergy Awareness Week 2013

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At least 1 in 10 babies born in New Zealand today will develop an allergy. Help make a real difference in the lives of thousands of kiwi children and their families by getting involved in the 1 in 10 campaign!
 
  • Paint 1 fingernail out of 10 and donate to show your support during Allergy Awareness Week
     
  • Download our 1 in 10 info pack here
     
  • Host a fundraising event and encourage your local school / club / workplace to do the same
     
  • Download a poster to promote your event and meet our ambassadors
     
  • Become Allergy Aware – learn more about allergies, how to manage them and how to help others
     
  • Go to our Free Resources page for more useful tools
     
  • Sign up to our e-newsletter
For further information or if you'd like to get involved contact Karina at comms@allergy.org.nz

Allergies affect up to a third of New Zealanders and if untreated have a significant impact on quality of life, particularly for children. Symptoms of asthma, eczema and/or allergic rhinitis (hayfever) can cause poor quality sleep, leading to irritability, fatigue and an inability to concentrate which has an adverse effect on children’s learning and development. Some allergies, such as to food, insect venom and drugs, can also put people at risk of a life-threatening reaction (called anaphylaxis).
 
Major indoor allergens in New Zealand include house dust mites and mould.  They can be a cause of asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema. A drier, warmer home is a healthier home.

Allergies are increasing in prevalence globally and New Zealand has some of the highest rates of allergies in the world.
 
There is no cure. Management requires effective treatment of symptoms, and avoidance of the allergens triggering them. Reactions usually happen very quickly and those at risk of anaphylaxis and their family, friends and communities need to know the signs and how to respond to this emergency.


Allergy Awareness Week is proudly supported by:
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Allergy New Zealand has been granted permission to use Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia’s original Food Allergy Week  “1 in 10” campaign concept in 2013