Being diagnosed with a potentially severe allergy is scary. But don’t worry, you’re not alone – help and support is available. Talk to your allergist or immunologist for expert personalised treatment and care. They’ll recommend regular follow-ups so you can receive up to date information on allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis.
Never self-diagnose or rely on anecdotal information.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is a not for profit registered charity and Australia’s only national support organisation, dedicated to helping individuals and carers alike in managing allergy and anaphylaxis.
Managing allergies when you are newly diagnosed can be daunting. A&AA’s health educators can help you with management strategies for dealing with your allergic condition. While our health educators don’t give medical advice, they can help with managing the everyday. You can call 1300 728 000 or Contact us with any questions you may have.
The information in this website is designed as a guide to help individuals, parents and carers of those living with allergic conditions. You may find ideas or strategies here that work for you, but before making major changes to your lifestyle, we encourage you to talk with your treating doctor.
Where to start? - some information to start you on your way
Food Allergy Basics - full of reliable and practical advice for managing food allergy for you or a family member or friend
Resources - evidence based information, resources and services to support you
Content updated June 2020
Never self-diagnose or rely on anecdotal information for an allergy diagnosis whether it is to food, an insect sting, tick bite, a drug or other substance (such as latex). A person who is suspected of having an allergy should obtain a referral to see an allergy specialist.
Allergic reactions can be mild to moderate or severe (anaphylaxis). Some allergic reactions will only be mild to moderate. Some mild to moderate allergic reactions will progress to severe (anaphylaxis). Some individuals will experience anaphylaxis with no mild to moderate symptoms beforehand.
There is currently no cure for food allergy. Treatment focuses on management and increasing community awareness of this potentially life-threatening condition and always being prepared in case of an accidental allergic reaction.
You may wish to download our Managing Kids’ Food Allergies for dummies. Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia worked with Professor Mimi Tang and Professor Katie Allen, when they were both at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne to bring you an easy to read informative e-book.
A&AA provides evidence based information, resources and services to support children and adults living with allergic disease.