Salicylate Sensitivity

Natural chemicals are found in the foods we eat. Food is composed of protein, carbohydrate, fat and various nutrients as well as a number of natural chemicals. These naturally occurring chemicals often add flavour and smell to food. Sometimes they will trigger adverse symptoms in unlucky individuals. Salicylates are one family of chemicals that occur […]

Sinus Irrigation for Nasal Congestion

Nasal irrigation is often recommended as a complementary non-pharmacological therapy for the relief of nasal congestion associated with allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and rhinosinusitis. Nasal irrigation is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal and sinus cavities are washed using an isotonic saline solution. Most problems that occur within the sinonasal cavities begin with inflammation […]

Skin Prick Testing

The optimal management of allergic disease requires the accurate diagnosis of a patient’s allergic sensitivities. Allergy testing has been shown to increase the accuracy of diagnosis when interpreted alongside a comprehensive history and clinical examination. Allergy testing is important to differentiate allergic diseases from other mimicking conditions, and enable better allergen avoidance strategies, improved use […]

Dust and Allergy

Dust is everywhere, all of the time. It is found indoors and outdoors, within households, workplaces, schools, cars and public places. Dust can be made up of virtually anything and everything. Dust can contain human skin cells, insect fragments and waste (e.g. dust mite or cockroach), animal dander, pollen, mould spores, food debris, paper or […]

The new link between vitamin D and food allergy

A topic of great discussion at this year’s 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, was identifying the drivers behind the current food allergy epidemic in Australia. Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergy in the world, with approximately 10% of infants having a diagnosed food allergy (Allen, […]

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an IgE-mediated inflammatory disorder of the nasal passages caused by the overreaction of the body’s immune system to inhaled allergens. Airborne allergens such as pollens, animal dander, mould and mites, interact with specific IgE antibodies on the surface of mast cells within the nose. The IgE-allergen interaction […]

Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma

In Australia, it is estimated 10% of the population has asthma and between 15-20% has allergic rhinitis. Over 75% of individuals with asthma suffer from coexisting allergic rhinitis, and approximately 10% of individuals with allergic rhinitis, have concurrent asthma (NACA, 2012). Asthma and allergies are closely linked. – Allergens are the most common of all […]

Allergic Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, characterised by reversible airway narrowing with obstruction of airflow to the lungs. Asthma is very common, affecting 1 in 4 children, 1 in 7 teenagers and 1 in 10 adults in Australia (ASCIA, 2010). Individuals with asthma have hyper-responsive airways, which overreact to stimuli that do […]

Cat Allergy

Cat allergy is the most common of pet allergies. The cat allergen is produced within the salivary and sebaceous glands, and as a result found mainly in cat saliva and skin flakes. As fastidious groomers, cats deposit the allergen on their fur when licking themselves. The cat allergen binds itself to hairs, dust particles and […]

Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin condition in which direct contact with an allergen triggers a cell mediated allergic response and the development of localised itchy, red rashes on the skin. The rashes typically present a few days after contact with the allergen and persist for as long as there is contact with the allergen. […]

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