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Allergies

Allergies and hypersensitivities

An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to a foreign substance that usually causes few or no problems in most people.

Allergic reactions to antibiotics

Some people have an allergic reaction to antibiotics. Learn about the symptoms and the difference between allergic reactions and side effects.

Allergic reactions to cow's milk

About 1 in 50 infants has an allergic reaction to cow’s milk. Learn more here about allergy to milk proteins.

Skin prick test is one of the most common allergy tests.

Allergy testing

Suffering from asthma or hay fever? They may be triggered by allergies. Find out more here about allergy testing.

Peanuts are a common allergen that can cause an anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is very serious and can even be fatal. See here for the symptoms to look out for and what to do in an emergency.

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Antihistamines

Antihistamine medications help ease allergy symptoms. Read more here about how they are used to treat conditions like hay fever and asthma.

Asthma symptoms include a cough, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

Asthma

Asthma symptoms include a cough, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. Learn about the causes, symptoms - and the treatments - here.

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Bites and stings

Most insect bites and stings are relatively harmless - but some spiders, snakes and sea creatures can be very dangerous. Learn more about them here.

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Contact dermatitis

Inflammation of the skin is commonly termed eczema or dermatitis. It can be effectively managed with treatment – find out how.

Food allergies

Some people have an allergic reaction to a normally harmless ingredient or type of food. This immune system response can range from mild to severe.

Peanut allergy can cause a serious reaction in children.

Food allergies in children

Does your family have a history of eczema, asthma, hay fever or food allergies? Learn about food allergies in children and how to spot a reaction.

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Hay fever

Hay fever is the common term for 'allergic rhinitis', which affects up to 1 in 5 Australians at some point in their life. Learn here how to manage it.

Hives on man's arm.

Hives

Hives is a skin rash that is often triggered by an infection or allergy. Learn to recognise symptoms.

Immune system

Your body's immune system is designed to protect you from, or get rid of, infection. Find out more about how the immune system works.

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Cat and dog allergy

Allergies to cats and dogs are common, and symptoms can be severe. Learn more about how to live with a pet allergy.

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Peanut allergy | myVMC

Food allergies, including allergy to peanuts and other nuts, can have effects at several different sites in the body, including the mouth, throat, lungs, skin and gastrointestinal tract

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Updated allergy advice for infants

Updated infant feeding guidelines make new recommendations on preventing allergies in children.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Egg Allergy | myVMC

Food allergies can have effects at several different sites in the body, including the mouth, throat, lungs, skin and gastrointestinal tract

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Milk Allergy | myVMC

Food allergies can have effects at several different sites in the body, including the mouth, throat, lungs, skin and gastrointestinal tract

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Food Allergy | myVMC

Food allergy refers to a specific allergic reaction, known as a type 1 hypersensitivity reaction, to a specific food (or foods), which is mediated by proteins known as IgE

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RAST (serum specific IgE) allergy testing information | myVMC

RAST is a type of allergy test that detects allergens specific to immunoglobulin E in the blood. It is used in the management of hay fever and food allergy.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Cow`s milk (dairy) allergy - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Cow's milk is a common cause of food allergy in infants, but most grow out of this condition and ongoing symptoms in adults is very rare.

Read more on ASCIA – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website

ASCIA Guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention

ASCIA has developed these guidelines to outline practices that may help reduce the risk of infants developing allergies.

Read more on ASCIA – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website

Food allergies & food intolerance in kids | Raising Children Network

Whats the difference between food allergies and food intolerance in children? How do you reduce the risk of kids developing allergies? This guide explains.

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Managing food allergies & food intolerance | Raising Children Network

If your child has food allergies or food intolerance, the most important thing is avoiding the food. You also need to know about symptoms and reactions.

Read more on Raising Children Network website

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