Patch Testing for Contact Dermatitis

Patch tests are commonly used to aid in the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. A patch test may assist in identifying the specific substance or substances causing allergic inflammation of your skin. Patch testing involves applying small amounts of various allergens onto small squares on a larger patch, and the adherence of the patch or […]

Rhinolight® Phototherapy (for the treatment of allergic rhinitis symptoms)

Rhinolight® is a phototherapy treatment of the nasal mucosa suitable for patients who suffer from allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Rhinolight® treatment reduces the body’s immune response to inhaled allergens (such as pollens, moulds, animal dander and mites) and the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, by inhibiting the release of histamine from mast cells and inducing apoptosis of lymphocytes […]

Corn Allergy

Allergic symptoms of corn allergy develop when an individual’s immune system becomes sensitised and overreacts following the ingestion of corn or foods containing corn-derived products. Symptoms of Corn Allergy Physical reactions to corn and corn products can range from mild to severe. Some common symptoms of corn allergy include:– Hives– Nausea, abdominal cramping, indigestion, vomiting, diarrheoa– […]

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

What is eczema? Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition, which affects approximately one third of the Australian population at some point in life (Eczema Association Australia, 2015). Eczema causes patches of the skin to become red, itchy, dry and scaly. In some cases, the skin may weep. Eczema is usually found […]

Hives (Urticaria)

Urticaria is the medical term for hives, an allergic-like reaction of the skin, in which areas of the skin become red, itchy and raised. Urticaria is the most common cause of skin inflammation. It is estimated to affect around 1 in 30 children, and up to 1 in 5 people throughout a lifetime. Though distressing, […]


Angioedema is a condition in which small blood vessels leak fluid into the deep dermal, subcutaneous and/or submucosal tissue, causing swelling. The swelling usually occurs around the face, lips and tongue but can also affect the throat, hands, feet and genital area. Angioedema can occasionally cause internal swelling of the oesophagus or stomach. Angioedema can […]

Food Allergy versus Food Intolerance

Food allergy and food intolerance are commonly confused because the symptoms of food intolerance occasionally resemble the symptoms of food allergy. However there are important differences between the two. A food allergy is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to an ordinarily harmless component within a food. The food is perceived as “foreign” and […]

Immunotherapy for the treatment of allergy

What is an allergy? An allergy is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to an ordinarily harmless substance. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies play a major role in allergy. When a substance (or allergen) is perceived as threatening, the body’s immune system produces allergen-specific IgE antibodies for protection. From then on, whenever the allergen is […]

Metal Allergy and Orthopaedic Surgery

Concerns have arisen about the role metal sensitivity may play in the development of complications following orthopaedic joint replacement surgeries. Hypersensitivity to such metals as nickel, cobalt and chromium may be responsible for pseudo-tumour formation, screw loosening and implant failure (Cousen and Gawkrodger, 2011). All metals in contact with biological systems undergo corrosion and release […]

Your child’s allergy test. What to expect and how to pr

CHILDREN AND SKIN PRICK TESTING It is not uncommon for skin prick tests to be performed on children. Though the test may sound frightening, most children cope very well. This is because the discomfort caused by skin pricking is short lived and does not linger. This is not to say children never become distressed during […]

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