Does an allergy rule your life?

Last updated 05:31 06/11/2014

DEADLY: A serious allergy can have a huge impact on your lifestyle.

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Allergies are something that affect thousands of Kiwis.

According to Allergy New Zealandone in three New Zealanders have an allergy and their symptoms can have far-reaching effects on those around them. 

But despite allergies being increasingly common, their severity and people's tolerance towards sufferers can vary massively.

Kristin-Lee Campbell wrote about the reality of day-to-day life when no-one believes your child has a deadly allergy and it seems she's not alone in dealing with sceptics. 

Say you have hayfever for instance and no-one thinks anything of it. Say you have a nut or dairy intolerance and you're almost guaranteed to see at least one set of eyes roll. 

Are you or your kids allergic to anything and what impact does it have on your life? Do you have to be extra careful about where you go or what you eat? How do others react to your allergy? 

Maybe you have to carry medication in case of unexpected exposure to certain foods, materials or environments etc. Or have you found your allergies have got better or worse over time? 

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