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Increase in children’s allergy services in the UK 17th August 2022

A comprehensive survey of children’s allergy services in the UK has found that the number of clinics and appointments have increased but that services vary too widely across the country.  Researchers contacted UK hospitals to find out what allergy services

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New guidelines to help patients with Pollen Food Syndrome 17th August 2022

The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) has announced the publication of the BSACI Guideline for the diagnosis and management of Pollen Food Syndrome/Oral Allergy Syndrome. Pollen Food Syndrome (PFS), also known as Oral Allergy Syndrome, is a

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A New Practical Guidance on the Application of Food Allergen Quantitative Risk Assessment Published 15th August 2022

The Expert Group on ‘Food Allergen Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)’ have produced guidance to help harmonise the data gathering process for food allergen risk assessments and aid with their implementation. The Guidance aims to promote consistency in documentation, decision making

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Bee Allergy Aware 19th July 2022

We have launched our new Bee Allergy Aware campaign to encourage the public to learn more about bee and wasp sting allergy and how to keep themselves safe. As we all spend more time outdoors, bee and wasp stings become

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Summer festivals with allergies 19th July 2022

Summertime in the UK for many people means one thing… festivals! It’s exciting to see festivals are returning to our calendars. We know that festivals are a time to let loose and listen to some of your favourite artists in

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Serious allergies in the hot weather 14th July 2022

Anaphylaxis UK helping you to keep your adrenaline cool. The hot weather brings additional challenges to those with serious allergies who carry adrenaline auto-injectors. Adrenaline is the first line of treatment for serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). It is available on

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£1.5m grant for local authorities to implement food labelling laws 13th July 2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have announced a grant to help local authorities enforce new food labelling laws. Businesses already had to ensure foods pre-packaged off site showed a full

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Promising results as Viaskin Peanut trial in peanut-allergic toddlers concludes 14th June 2022

A recent trial by DBV Technologies has produced promising results for very young children with peanut allergies and their families. The trial assessed whether Viaskin Peanut – an immunotherapy skin patch – was safe, and if it worked for children

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FSA approves fully refined corn (maize) oil as temporary substitute for sunflower oil 1st June 2022

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has updated its guidance on which oils may be used as a substitute for sunflower oil, in light of the continuing supply issues caused by the conflict in Ukraine. The FSA previously advised that fully

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Allergy to Lipid Transfer Proteins (LTP Syndrome)

Lipid Transfer Proteins (LTPs) are found in plants and foods that contain plants. Lipid Transfer Protein Syndrome is an allergy affecting people who have become sensitised to LTPs . They may thus react to vegetables, fruits, nuts or cereals.  It is not known how many people have this allergy. The condition is more common in adults and is thought to be quite rare in children.

 

In many cases a reaction only occurs if there is an additional co-factor such as exercise, stress, drinking alcohol or having taken an NSAID (aspirin, ibuprofen or similar) within the last few hours.

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Foods involved in LTP allergy

Each person with LTP allergy is an individual and only needs to avoid those foods which cause symptoms. Not all LTP-containing foods will cause a problem for them. Unfortunately the amount of LTP in foods may vary so it is hard to predict when a reaction may occur. Common foods involved in LTP allergy in the UK include hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, apples, dried fruit, lettuce, tomatoes and foods containing concentrated forms of tomato such as pizza.

Most LTPs are in the peel and pips of plant foods. The following foods are likely to contain higher levels of LTP allergen:
  • right_arrow_orange_icon Foods made using whole unpeeled fruits or vegetable.
  • right_arrow_orange_icon Concentrated, processed, preserved or fermented fruits, vegetables or cereals.
  • right_arrow_orange_icon Dried fruit peel.

Keeping safe with LTP allergy

  • See your GP

    The key message for people who know or believe they are allergic to a food is: See your GP as soon as possible. You may be referred to an allergy clinic.

  • Carry prescribed medication

    The uncertainty about which foods might cause a reaction can make management of LTP allergy through food avoidance difficult.  Therefore people with LTP allergy should always carry prescribed medication.  An inhaler should be carried if asthma is also a problem.

  • Adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs)

    People who are at risk of severe reactions are usually prescribed adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs), which must be carried at all times. Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical attention. Once adrenaline has been administered, an ambulance must be called as further treatment in hospital may be necessary.

    Please see our fact sheet on adrenaline for more information about this.

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