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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 about how they're used to treat conditions like hay fever and asthma.

Asthma

Asthma symptoms can include a cough, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. Learn more about its causes, symptoms and treatment options.

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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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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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.

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.

Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)

Hay fever (or 'allergic rhinitis') affects up to 1 in 5 Australians at some point in their life. Learn here about the ‘triggers’ and how to manage the...

Hives

Hives is a skin rash that is often triggered by an infection or allergy. Learn more about hives rash (urticaria) causes, symptoms and treatment.

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.

Nut allergies

Exposure to nuts, even in tiny amounts, is a common trigger for a severe allergic reaction. Learn more here about managing nut allergies.

Pollen allergy

If you have pollen allergy, you may experience hay fever and asthma symptoms. Get tips on how to help manage your exposure to pollen.

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