1 to 2% of adults in the UK have a food allergy with 52% of the Anaphylaxis Campaign member base being made up of adults aged 17 and over.
Studies have shown that living with a severe allergy as an adult can cause a lot of anxiety and distress. This year we want to provide more support to adults who have either lived with their allergies since they were children – or they have developed severe allergies later in life.
I had my first allergic reaction and full anaphylactic shock in 1993 to peanuts at the age of 26. I believe I was the first patient that the Old Blackburn Royal Infirmary had dealt with. I carry an EpiPen at all times. Since then I have become allergic to more foods. Sometimes I can trace it other times I never know what it is that has set me off. Luckily I only get itching, hives, swelling and a bit of wheeziness and antihistamines see it off. I see it as lucky because it is not the full shock. Most people around me don’t. I find my local GP unsympathetic probably because they have little experience.
We will be sharing your stories and providing help and information about what you should do if you think you have a severe allergy.
If you would like to share your story please send an email to [email protected]. We want to gather as many of your experiences as possible.