An invisible illness shows no outward signs and cannot be recognised immediately. Someone with an invisible illness can look perfectly well. Hidden symptoms that aren’t obvious to others make it difficult for them to understand what might be wrong.
Invisible illnesses span a wide range of mental and physical conditions, with varying severity. These include (but are not limited to):
Winter and the cold weather can trigger asthma symptoms, increasing the risk of an attack. Around three-quarters of those with asthma in the UK agree that cold air worsens their symptoms. Staying indoors and sickness can also make it difficult to breathe properly during the winter months.
Read on to find out why your asthma symptoms may intensify during winter and what you can do to ease them. Read more →
Diabetes is becoming increasingly common. In 2015, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK was estimated at 3.8 million, set to rise to 4.9 million by 2035. Pre-diabetes, a metabolic condition closely linked to obesity, is also becoming more common, with nearly three million people in the UK being affected. If pre-diabetes is left untreated, it can lead to Type 2 diabetes.
Wearing medical ID is recommended if you suffer from a chronic illness or serious allergies. In an emergency, your medical ID can communicate your vital information to medical professionals on your behalf. It’s designed to be instantly identifiable, and usually features the universal medical symbol or an SOS talisman capsule.
The illness is more common in women as it is triggered by hormonal changes during puberty, childbirth or menopause. Lupus is a lifelong, chronic disease that is currently incurable. It has many associated symptoms, including fatigue, muscle pain and hair loss. Read more →
Travelling can be stressful if you suffer from food allergies, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking the time to prepare can reduce the risk of allergic reactions and help ensure your trip is as safe as possible.
Allergy Awareness Week: Allergies to Pet Dander and Pollen
Allergy Awareness Week (24th – 30th April) is run by Allergy UK, who organise a series of awareness weeks throughout the year. The aim of Allergy Awareness Week is to highlight the issues faced by those with allergies.
We spoke to The ID Band Company customer Allie, 32, to find out how she manages her allergies, and why she thinks it’s important to raise awareness. She suffers from two of the most common allergies, which have caused her to have severe allergic reactions.
“I think it’s good to raise awareness about allergies, and how they affect people’s day to day lives. It’s also important to know how we can help each other.
“Since I’ve developed my allergies, my friends and family have started making a conscious effort to minimise risks when I visit.”