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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 […]

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). […]

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