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Living with, or being diagnosed with a potentially severe allergy is scary.  But don’t worry, you’re not alone – help and support is available.  

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia members and supporters have been generous in sharing their personal experiences involving allergy and anaphylaxis. 

We are always grateful for people who take the time to share their stories with us. If you would like to share your story you may make a submission here... 

Reducing anxiety in a child with food allergy

My son Alex is very atopic. He suffers from eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and food allergies. Alex was diagnosed with an allergy to egg and peanut at 16 months of age. He had his first anaphylactic reaction at age two when he was given a peanut butter sandwich by accident. He had one mouthful which he spat out. Alex’s tongue swelled up so much it...

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Mammalian Meat Allergy and Dementia

Elderly woman and carer
Louise’s story: Mammalian Meat Allergy and a dementia diagnosis My mother has had Mammalian Meat Allergy (MMA) for over 10 years now. She now has dementia so doesn’t remember the tick bite, or where or when it was. The first time she had an allergic reaction she became covered from head to toe in large red welts that presented as hives. She used to tell the story...

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Experiences of having a child with FPIES

girl
FPIES is Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome.   Before Diagnosis:  Hazel’s first two reactions at the age of 5 months were mild. They seemed like reflux or mild gastroenteritis, with no other symptoms. I noticed them after introducing rice cereal as one of her first foods. Her third reaction was severe with prolific vomiting. So much that...

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What changed my life with severe eczema?

Acacia and Macy
My name is Acacia, I am a 17-year-old who lives in Newcastle, NSW. I hope my story gives hope to other people suffering severe eczema. I have suffered with severe eczema since I was one month old. The eczema limited my life experiences. I also have asthma, allergies including food allergies and I carry an EpiPen®.  Until recently, my life has been far from...

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