POLLEN PLAGUE! Why we are hitting the worst allergy season ever and the newest treatments to help.

Spring is a beautiful time of year and most people welcome the warmer weather and longer days with open arms. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of reasons to love spring, for many Australians the first day of September marks only one thing – the beginning of the dreaded hay fever season. While many Australians may […]

Don’t let allergies take the SPRING out of your step this pollen season!

Spring is a beautiful time of year and most people welcome the warmer weather and longer days with open arms. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of reasons to love spring, for many Australians the first day of September marks only one thing – the beginning of the dreaded hay fever season. During World Allergy Week […]

What are we really putting in kids mouths? Hidden Dangers in kids toys.

Did you know people are finding mold in kids’ toys; sippy cups, teething toys and rubby duckies- scary, right? Recent headlines in the news of parents discovering black mould after breaking apart the spout on the underside of the lid of their TommeeTippee cups is real! Who would of thought there would be recalls of […]

organic foods not necessarily better for food intolerances

Growing fruits and vegetables without pesticides and herbicides makes them substantially increase their own production of natural salicylates and other protective chemicals! These natural chemicals present in many ‘healthy’ foods can be a real problem for some patients whom have salicylate, amine and glutamate sensitivities. What are chemical sensitivitiesThese natural chemicals, amines and glutamate are […]

Mouth breathing epidemic. And how this simple screening question for kids could prevent adverse effects on facial growth, health, academic performance and prevent behavioural issues

The vast majority of health care professionals remain unaware of the negative effects of mouth breathing in children on normal facial growth and physiological health. At Australian Allergy Centre and collective.care Allergy/ENT clinics, where I work, we are have decided to proactively reach out to tell patients as well as health care practitioners including general […]

A few serious things your Doctor might not tell you about hayfever you need to know!

Many people do not recognise that hayfever, otherwise known as Allergic Rhinitis, is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions in Australia with an estimated 3.2 million sufferers (AIHW 2010). It causes serious annoyance – the sneezing and itching and irritation is one thing, but the chronically blocked nose, snoring + mouth breathing, fatigue […]

7 Nutritious tips to share with new parents that help understand allergy

As a GP working in family medicine and Allergy, I recognise it’s hard to keep on top of ever-changing research and guidelines on what to feed children. If only the headlines could keep still for long enough we may be able to digest the facts to disseminate the right information to parents!  Guidelines surrounding infant […]

Surviving the holiday season with food allergies

Are you concerned about hosting or attending a social event this holiday season because you, your child, another family member or guest has diagnosed food allergies? Don’t be. With careful planning, good communication and a prevention mindset, food allergies can be managed, and there is no reason why the festivities cannot be enjoyed by everybody. […]

Allergy Storms

THREE people are reported dead from thunderstorm asthma in Melbourne on Monday night after a thunderstorm overwhelmed ambulance services and hospital emergency departments in what’s predicted to be part of the growing allergy phenomonen.  The recent tragedy highlights the growing phenomenom of thunderstorm asthma; described by world allergy organisation doctors and scientists to be part of a phenomenon […]

Kids eating EGGS and PEANUTS EARLY reduces allergies! FACTS every parent needs to know.

Avoiding allergic foods when infants start solids in the hope that this might prevent them from getting allergy is no longer correct preventative advice! New research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows the early introduction of egg (from four to six months) and peanuts (from four to 11 […]

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