Allergic disease is on the rise and has been termed the ‘Modern Epidemic’ for which there is, so far, no cure. Food allergy in infants, which can often go undiagnosed for some time, is particularly distressing for both the infants and their families and it can have an adverse effect on healthy growth and development. I will be discussing the current landscape of allergy in infants, as well as considering the treatment and care of these children.
Allergy UK is the leading patient charity for the millions of people living with allergic disease. We are committed to providing help and support to these people through a range of channels, from our Helpline to our website which provides information on all kinds of allergy. Every day we talk to people who are living with an allergic condition. Our dedicated team provide much needed information and support in line with our mission to improve the lives of people living with allergy – a condition that impacts on quality of life, causing anxiety and depression .
Amena was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Immunology and Allergy at an NHS Hospital Trust before joining Allergy UK. She trained at University College Hospital, followed by paediatric training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She also holds a Public Health and Specialist Practice in School Nursing qualification. Visiting schools and carrying out health assessments made Amena very aware of the rising incidence of allergy in the UK and this was instrumental in developing her interest in the field.
Amena is a member of the College of Nursing Immunology & Allergy Nurses group and is the first nurse to sit on the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI) council where she started the National Nurses in Allergy Group.