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Allergic Asthma | Allergy Testing Gold Coast | Allergy Testing Brisbane

Allergic Asthma Asthma is defined as chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, characterised by reversible airway narrowing with obstruction of airflow to the lungs. Asthma is very common, affecting 1 in 4 children, 1 in 7 teenagers and 1 in 10 adults in Australia. Individuals with asthma have hyper-responsive airways, which overreact to stimuli that do not affect other people. During an acute episode of asthma or an “asthma attack” exposure to a trigger causes three main changes to occur within the airways: the lining of the airways become inflamed and swollen, the thin layer of muscle within the wall of the airways constrict and excessive mucous is produced. The airway narrows, and cau

Anaphylaxis | Allergy Test Gold Coast | Allergy Test Brisbane

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which can potentially be life threatening. Anaphylaxis occurs after an exposure has occured to an allergen to which a person is allergic. Due to the fact that anaphylaxis should always be treated as a medical emergency, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include Difficult or noisy breathing, eyes/face/lips/tounge swelling, throat swelling or tightness, difficulty speaking, w...heezing or persistent coughing, dizziness, collapse, pale and floppy presentation (in children), hives or welts, and abdominal pain/vomiting. Identifying the cause of anaphylaxis is imperative! At Allergy First Clinic

Mould Allergy | Allergy Testing Gold Coast | Allergy Testing Brisbane

Moulds are microscopic fungi made up of clusters of filaments, and live on organic (plant or animal) matter, which they decompose for their nourishment. Moulds are among the most widespread living organism, with many different varieties. Most mould reproduce by releasing spores into the air, which then settle on organic matter and grow into new mould clusters. These airborne mould spores are far more numerous than pollen grains, and when inhaled can produce allergic rhinitis symptoms in susceptible individuals. Moulds can be found both indoors and outdoors. Unlike pollens, moulds do not have a limited season. Moulds flourish in damp, dark and warm areas where there is poor ventilation. Mou

Cat Allergy | Allergy Tests Gold Coast | Allergy Tests Brisbane

Cat allergy is the most common pet allergy. The cat "allergen" is produced and found mainly in cat saliva and skin flakes. As part of their grooming process, cats deposit the allergen on their fur when licking themselves. The cat allergen binds itself to hairs, dust particles and around the home. The allergens become airborne as microscopic particles which when inhaled can produce allergic symptoms. The cat "allergen" can remain within soft furnishings, such as sofas, carpet...s, rugs, bed mattresses even after the cat has been removed from the home. Cat allergens can persist within the furnishings up to 5 years. Cat allergy symptoms may consists of - Sneezing - Runny nose or blocked nos

Hay Fever | Allergy Tests Gold Coast | Allergy Tests Brisbane

StartFragment Hay Fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is an IgE-mediated inflammatory disorder of the nasal passages caused by the overreaction of the body’s immune system to inhaled allergens. Airborne allergens such as pollens, animal dander, mould and mites, interact with specific IgE antibodies on the surface of mast cells within the nasal mucosa. This interaction triggers the mast cells to release pro-inflammatory mediators such as histamine, which cause inflammation and swelling of the nasal mucosa. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can develop within minutes of inhaling an allergen. Common immediate symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal itchiness, a post-nasal drip and itchy, r

Dust Mite Allergy | Allergy Gold Coast | Allergy Brisbane

House dust mites are the most common cause of dust-related allergy. House dust mites are microscopic eight-legged creatures which are part of the arachnid family (relatives of spiders and ticks). They get their name from their habitat – household dust. Human living conditions are favourable to house dust mites because humans provide a source of both humidity and food. House dust mites thrive in warm, moist environments, and feed on the dead skin cells of humans (and their pet...s) found within dust. Exposure to house dust mites is a major source of allergy throughout the world. It is not the presence of the mites themselves which triggers allergy though. The house dust mite allergen is a pro

Skin Prick Test | Allergy Testing Gold Coast | Allergy Testing Brisbane

Skin prick testing (SPT) is a major diagnostic tool in the field of allergy. SPT is recommended as a primary method for the identification of allergic sensitivities in such conditions as allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and asthma, atopic dermatitis, and food related acute urticaria, eczema and anaphylaxis. SPT involves the introduction of small amounts of suspected allergens onto and just below the surface of the skin. A small, superficial break in the skin is made with prickers which have been dipped in allergen extracts. The skin is then closely observed for 15 minutes for signs of a wheal and flare reaction. SPT has a high sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of allergic sensit

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