The Devon Allergy
& Digestive Health Clinic

The Devon Allergy Clinic offers a comprehensive approach to understanding your condition, emphasising a holistic overview rather than just focusing on isolated symptoms. With expertise in investigating both allergies and intolerances, the clinic aims to identify potential problem areas.

Specialising in digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, and skin conditions, we excel in examining the relationship between food, contact, and aeroallergens. What sets this clinic apart is its ability to seamlessly integrate orthodox and complementary medicine, providing clients with the best possible care and solutions for their health concerns.

Facts about Allergy

  • 1 in 3 people have an allergy
  • Over 3 million people see their GPs because of allergy related illnesses
  • 5 million people in the UK have asthma
  • 1 in 4 people in the UK have allergic rhinitis and hay fever
  • 6% of children under 3years and 4% of adults are affected by food allergies
  • Approximately 1 in 5 people have eczema and skin allergy
  • Allergic diseases can have a significant effect on patients’ quality of life and well-being
  • Many sufferers are not aware that their symptoms are due to an allergy
  • People with allergic conditions benefit from care by allergy specialists

How we can help

The Devon Allergy Clinic is uniquely positioned to integrate orthodox and complementary medicine for the client's benefit.

  • Holistic overview of your condition rather than looking at your symptoms in isolation.
  • Both allergies and Intolerances are investigated with a view to identifying potential problems.
  • Digestive disorders, chronic fatigue and skin conditions are the Clinic’s areas of expertise.
  • Investigating the relationship between food, contact and aeroallergens.

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About the Allergy Clinic

Marlene Hochstrasser is the Clinical Director of the Devon Allergy Clinic, established in 2006. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse & Midwife & has a University Diploma in Allergy from Greenwich University with working links with the Eczema Society. Her experience was further broadened whilst working as an Intensive Care Nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London.

Marlene still maintains her clinical nursing expertise working as an intravenous parental nutrition nurse with patients in a home situation.

A Clinic Consultation with Marlene starts with taking a full history of the Client & their family. Allergy identification and treatment is a major factor in removing sources of immune system stress leading to the potential to achieve optimum health and quality of life for the individual.

The Devon Allergy Clinic is uniquely positioned to integrate orthodox and complementary medicine for the client's benefit.

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What is an allergy?

Long ago, when humans were evolving, many parasites lived in our blood. To protect ourselves, our immune system created white mast cells. These cells would release chemicals that irritated and killed the parasites, including histamine. That's why we take antihistamines and steroids to reduce inflammation caused by these chemicals.

In today's modern Western world, we don't encounter as many parasites, but these mast cells still look for them and sometimes mistake harmless things for parasites. They target high protein molecules in our blood, causing reactions to certain foods, animal dander, dust mites, molds, and pollen. This process is called an IgE mediated response. The NHS offers two tests to identify these sensitivities: an IgE blood test and a skin patch test, but they can sometimes give incorrect results.

Mast cells are found where parasites or the outside world enter our body, such as in the nose and airways. Breathing through the nose can lead to symptoms like rhinitis, sinusitis, and hay fever, as well as headaches, migraines, catarrh, and glue ear. The lower airways may be affected too, leading to asthma and wheezing. Interestingly, there's a link between upper airway symptoms and late-onset adult asthma.

Skin problems like eczema, rashes, itching, and swelling can be connected to issues in the digestive tract. Allergy-related conditions are often misunderstood, and patients may end up seeing specialists for each symptom separately, rather than being referred to immunology, which deals with allergies.

Hypersensitivity is often confused with intolerance or sensitivity, but it presents similar symptoms to IgE mediated allergic responses. However, the immune system's response is on a lower level, and we still don't fully understand why this happens.


Georgia Wood

Highly recommend Marlene and her clinic. We went there for our daughter’s eczema and suspected allergies. We left with all the answers we needed and so much more knowledge than any other professional has given us. Marlene truly cares for her clients and explains everything so thoroughly.

Thank you so much! X

Kelly Sykes

Excellent service, knowledge and attention to detail. We were so impressed and Marlene is very professional. If you want answers to what’s causing your problems then do not hesitate to book in! I cannot recommend enough A*

Helen Churchill

I have recently taken my daughter to have an allergy test. We were advised to avoid several foods as she is allergic to them.
The transformation has been amazing in less than a week I can see a dramatic improvement in her health. Thank you so much for all of your help. I would definitely recommend the Devon Allergy Clinic, and can’t rate them enough.

Thank you Marlene

Devon Dave

Visited Marlene after suffering with reflux. Had a allergy test and gave some meds and on track to being my self again.
Better than the hospital and says it all when your Doctor knows her and the clinic

Martin - Torquay

Excellent service, I'm so glad I finally went, it's changed everything for me."

Megan - Exeter

My baby seems so much better in himself and physically since taking what was recommended by you. Highly recommend."

Kelly - Ilfracombe

Excellent service, knowledgeable and attention to detail. We were so impressed and Marlene is very professional. If you want answers to what's causing your problems then do not hesitate to book in! I can't recommend enough A*.

Joanne Bayley

I came to see you on 3rd July with stomach issues.
Since taking your advice to cut certain foods out and swap to lactose free milk my stomach has never felt better!
The range of supplements that you advised are also helping tremendously.
No more bloating! Regular everyday!
I feel so much better 😊

Thank you again


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