Nasal Spray Technique

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, […]

Salicylate Sensitivity

Natural chemicals are found in the foods we eat. Food is composed of protein, carbohydrate, fat and various nutrients as well as a number of natural chemicals. These naturally occurring chemicals often add flavour and smell to food. Sometimes they will trigger adverse symptoms in unlucky individuals. Salicylates are one family of chemicals that occur […]

Sinus Irrigation for Nasal Congestion

Nasal irrigation is often recommended as a complementary non-pharmacological therapy for the relief of nasal congestion associated with allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and rhinosinusitis. Nasal irrigation is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal and sinus cavities are washed using an isotonic saline solution. Most problems that occur within the sinonasal cavities begin with inflammation […]

Skin Prick Testing

The optimal management of allergic disease requires the accurate diagnosis of a patient’s allergic sensitivities. Allergy testing has been shown to increase the accuracy of diagnosis when interpreted alongside a comprehensive history and clinical examination. Allergy testing is important to differentiate allergic diseases from other mimicking conditions, and enable better allergen avoidance strategies, improved use […]

Dust and 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 […]

The new link between vitamin D and food allergy

A topic of great discussion at this year’s 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, was identifying the drivers behind the current food allergy epidemic in Australia. Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergy in the world, with approximately 10% of infants having a diagnosed food allergy (Allen, […]

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