Allergy Awareness Week 2013
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!
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.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.
Allergies are increasing in prevalence globally and New Zealand has some of the highest rates of allergies in the world.
Allergy Awareness Week is proudly supported by:
Allergy New Zealand has been granted permission to use Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia’s original Food Allergy Week “1 in 10” campaign concept in 2013