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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 […]

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