Food Allergy

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 therefore threatening, so the immune system produces allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to protect the body. In response to an “infestation” the IgE antibodies bind to food allergens; triggering […]

NEW RESEARCH REVEALS AUSTRALIANS ARE DANGEROUSLY COMPLACENT ABOUT FOOD ALLERGY.

Despite Australia having one of the highest rates of food allergy in the world, and hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions doubling in the last decade, research has revealed Australians are dangerously complacent about food allergy. In a study commissioned by Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, a cohort of Australians was surveyed about their allergy awareness. […]

THERE ARE NO SECOND CHANCES WITH ANAPHYLAXIS. IF IN DOUBT, DON’T RISK IT, GIVE THE ADRENALINE EPIPEN®

Anaphylaxis and the Adrenaline Auto-Injector Allergic reactions can be localised or generalised, and range in acuteness from mild to severe. It is not surprising therefore, that not all allergic reactions are treated in the same way. The most appropriate method for treating an allergic reaction is dictated by the severity of an individual’s symptoms(ASCIA, 2015b). […]

Understanding the role dust plays in 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 […]

Rhinitis Medicamentosa – Rebound Nasal Congestion from Decongestant Nasal Spray Overuse

Rhinitis medicamentosa (also known as rebound or chemical rhinitis) is a non-allergic form of rhinitis characterised by nasal congestion in the absence of sneezing and runny nose. Rhinitis medicamentosa is typically caused by the overuse of decongestant nasal sprays (Graf, 2005). Decongestant nasal sprays are medications used to ease nasal congestion. They reduce swelling in […]

The Right Way to Spray

Nasal inhalant sprays are commonly recommended for the management of allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. Nasal sprays deliver medications directly into the nasal passages, where they have a localised effect on the lining of the nasal mucosa. When used properly, nasal sprays can effectively provide relief from sneezing, itching, nasal congestion, runny nose and postnasal drip, […]

RAISING YOUR AWARENESS ABOUT ALLERGIES AND FOOD LABELLING

Some foods and food components can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to determine what is in the foods we eat. When it comes to food and allergy-awareness, there is no room for uncertainty. In Australia, all food labels must conform to the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code. […]

THE AUSTRALIAN ALLERGY CENTRE SUPPORTS THE CHOOSING WISELY AUSTRALIA® CAMPAIGN.

Choosing Wisely Australia® is an initiative which aims to improve the quality of healthcare in Australia and help Australians make better decisions relating to their health. There are a complexity of tests, treatments, and procedures available in modern medicine. Choosing Wisely Australia® seeks to identify and offer recommendations relating to healthcare practices established as evidence-based […]

Anaphylaxis in Australia on the Increase

Allergic diseases are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in developed countries, and Australia is no exception. In recent decades, food allergy and anaphylaxis have emerged as a major public and personal health burden, contributing to increased demand for specialty services, significant economic cost, and reduced quality of life for food allergic children and their […]

Should patients be tested for metal allergies before joint replacement surgeries?

The question of whether patients should be tested for metal allergies prior to joint replacement surgeries, is a topical issue amongst orthopaedic specialists. 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 […]

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