Allergy Matters Blog

Allergy Matters Blog

Dehydrated foods for food allergies

Planning on going on a family trip or need a quick and easy-to-carry meal for your child when out and about? Food dehydration may offer a convenient and easy solution for you. What is a food dehydrator? A food dehydrator is a machine that removes moisture content from food. Removing moisture from food helps to prevent bacterial growth and means food can be kept...

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Feeding your food allergen to your child

Parents and carers with food allergies sometimes need to feed their children, or the children in their care, the food that they themselves are allergic to. To help prevent allergies in children, the recommendation is that babies are fed the common allergy-causing foods from around 6 months, when the baby is ready, but not before 4 months. Parents are encouraged...

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Why wear medical identification jewellery?

A&AA recommends medical identification jewellery for all people at risk of anaphylaxis, but we strongly recommend it for insect, latex and drug allergy. The reason for the strong recommendation is that someone with insect allergy is more likely to be found collapsed and unconscious than someone with a food allergy. They are more likely to have a cardiovascular...

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Development of food allergy through food-based skincare products

food-based skincare products
There is growing evidence that skincare products that include food as an ingredient and are used on very dry or damaged skin (broken skin), can lead to development of an allergy to that food. In addition, people with a food allergy should not apply cream or lotions to their skin that contain their food allergen, as it could enter the body through areas of broken...

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Getting ready for spring

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is one of the most common allergic conditions, affecting 1 in 5 people in Australia. It is caused by the body’s immune system reacting to allergens in the environment, such as pollen, house dust mite, moulds and animal dander (skin cells and fur). Symptoms can include runny, blocked and itchy nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes,...

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Travel with allergies

With people starting to travel again, we thought it was time to let you know that we have lots of resources that will help make your next trip as safe and successful as possible. For those with food allergy travelling to countries that do not speak English, we have translated chef cards to help communicate your allergy to food service staff. ASCIA has a travel...

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An oral food challenge

oral food challenge
When might I be offered an oral food challenge?A clinical immunology or allergy specialist may do an oral food challenge (OFC) to test whether: a certain food is the cause of an allergic reaction when unsure a person still has their previously diagnosed food allergy a food can be tolerated if it is baked, even if it can’t be eaten raw or lightly cooked. This...

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Anaphylaxis and your teeth

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) has recently been working with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to raise awareness among dentists of the risk of anaphylaxis to dental products containing food. The risk mainly relates to milk in dental products. People have had anaphylaxis to products such as Tooth Mousse®, which contains milk. A&AA wrote...

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Jorveza® for Eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE)

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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