Allergy Matters Blog

Allergy Matters Blog

Jorveza® for Eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE)

Eligible Australian adults living with an increasingly prevalent, life-long immune system disease will gain access to a new treatment listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on 1 May 2022. Eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE) (e-o-sin-o-FILL-ik-uh-sof-uhJIE-tis) is estimated to affect one in 2,000 Australian adults. The disease occurs when a specific type...

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Let’s talk allergist appointments for food allergy

Allergy Appointment
It can be a long and anxious wait to see a clinical immunology/allergy specialist about a suspected allergic reaction. Sometimes when you walk out of the appointment you think of all the questions you should have asked. This is very normal. It can be an overwhelming experience to finally be able to speak with an allergist about your or your child’s condition.  It...

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ASCIA Action Plans

ASCIA Action Plans
Did you know that ASCIA has lots of different Action Plans? They are not just for anaphylaxis. The green ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions has been developed for children or adults with a confirmed allergy to foods or insects, who have not been prescribed an adrenaline injector because they are considered to be at low risk of anaphylaxis. ‘Low risk’ does...

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Different strength adrenaline injectors for different body weights

Adrenaline Injector 2
Most people know that adrenaline injectors come in different strengths or doses. It is important to discuss with your doctor the prescription of an adrenaline injector that is the appropriate dose for your or your child’s weight. You can read on the ASCIA website about the different adrenaline injectors that are now available in Australia and the weight ranges...

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Substituting one brand of adrenaline injector for another at the pharmacy

Adrenaline Injector
There are now 2 adrenaline injectors available in Australia. Since September 2021, people have had the choice of Anapen® or EpiPen®. This choice is great news for people who are at risk of anaphylaxis. It is important that you have an ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis that matches your particular adrenaline injector. Pharmacists can substitute one adrenaline injector...

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Real-world evidence for introducing allergens to babies to prevent food allergy

Nip Bub
A new study that looked at anaphylaxis hospital admissions reports that the rate of increase in serious allergic reactions to food among children has flattened since ASCIA updated its infant feeding and allergy prevention guidelines. You can read more about this study here. To help parents introduce the common allergy-causing foods to their babies during the...

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Urticaria (Hives)

Hives are pink or red itchy rashes that may appear as lumps (welts) or blotches on the skin. An estimated 10–20% of adults and children experience hives at some time during life. Hives can be as small as a pinhead or as large as a dinner plate and are often mistaken for a mosquito bite when they first start to appear. Hives can last from minutes to hours and can...

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Risk factors for a more severe reaction

an arm with hives on it
We find so many people with food allergy put so much of a focus on their skin prick test. Having a larger skin prick test does not mean the allergy is worse or you will have a worse reaction. It tells doctors you probably will react if it is above a certain size welt but how you react depends on many other factors. These factors include, but are not limited to: how...

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Wall covered with mould
It has been an exceptionally wet and humid few months on the east coast of Australia. Some regions have experienced significant flooding, while others have experienced lots of rain and high humidity. As a result, many homes are seeing mould growth.

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Do you know about ReadSpeaker?

Help for people with low vision, low levels of literacy and those who speak languages other than English You may have seen this symbol on all the pages of the A&AA website:     We use a program called ReadSpeaker so that people who read languages other than English and those who cannot read English can still access information on our website....

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Online grocery shopping – click on ‘no substitutions’

Basket of groceries being delivered
For those who live with or care for someone with food allergy it is important to be cautious when shopping online for groceries. Although ingredients can often be checked online, they need to be checked when the groceries arrive in your home and then again just before preparing or eating a food or meal.

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Showering and anaphylaxis

Shower flowing water
When experiencing a severe allergic reaction and skin symptoms are involved, people are often tempted to get in the shower to help with the itching and burning. If someone takes a shower during an anaphylaxis this can cause or contribute to a drop in blood pressure and worsening of the anaphylaxis.

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COVID or allergy symptoms?

woman sneezing
COVID-19 symptoms can be similar to the symptoms of hay fever (congestion or runny nose) and asthma (cough, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath). Effectively managing hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and asthma can help you stay at work or children stay at school/childcare rather than being sent home due to COVID-19 symptoms.

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Students carrying their own adrenaline injector

Girl with backpack over one shoulder
Our health educators sometimes get phone calls and emails about students being asked to carry their own adrenaline injectors. Generally this would not occur until late primary school in preparation for secondary school, and in some schools students never carry their own adrenaline injectors except when travelling to and from school.

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