Pollen Allergy - Hay Fever Allergy Gold Coast | Hay Fever Allergy Brisbane

What is pollen? Pollen is a very fine powder that is produced and released by plants (trees, weeds, flowers, grasses) to fertilize other plants of the same species. Pollen is typically dispersed in the wind, but can also be transported from plant to plant by birds and insects. What is a pollen allergy? Pollen consists of tiny particles which, when inhaled, can trigger symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and exacerbate asthma in susceptible individuals. Common symptoms of allergic rhinitis and asthma include: - Sneezing – Increased mucous production (i.e. a runny nose) – Nasal itchiness – Post-nasal drip – Itchy, red, watery eyes – Nasal congestion (i.e. blocked nose) – Coughing

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) - Allergy Testing Brisbane | Allergy Testing Gold Coast

What is Eczema? Eczema is a chronic, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition, which affects approximately one third of the Australian population at some point in life. Eczema causes patches of the skin to become red, itchy, dry and scaly. In some cases, the skin may weep. Eczema is usually found in the creases of the elbows, behind the knees, across the ankles, and may also involve the wrists, face, ears and neck. Who does eczema affect? Eczema most commonly occurs in infants and young children, affecting one in five children under two years of age. Symptoms of eczema usually improve with age, however many children will continue to have a tendency for dry, sensitive skin, through to adul

Saline Nasal Irrigation - Allergy Doctor Brisbane | Allergy Doctor Gold Coast

Nasal irrigation is often recommended as a complementary non-pharmacological therapy for the relief of nasal congestion associated with allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and rhinosinusitis. It is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal and sinus cavities are washed using an isotonic saline solution. Saline nasal irrigation help to relieve inflammation and congestion by flushing away problem allergens, irritants and infectious materials, excess mucous and the inflammatory mediators (such as histamine) it may contain, from the sino-nasal cavities. When performed regularly, saline irrigation can help improve nasal symptoms, reduce medicine consumption and enhance the quality of life of allerg

Urticaria (Hives) - Allergy Clinic Brisbane | Allergy Clinic Gold Coast

Urticaria is the medical term for hives, an allergic-like reaction of the skin, in which areas of the skin become red, itchy and raised. Urticaria is the most common cause of skin inflammation. It is estimated to affect around 1 in 30 children, and up to 1 in 5 people throughout a lifetime. Though distressing, urticaria is generally a benign and self-limiting condition. In response to a trigger, the immune system activates and the cutaneous mast cells release inflammatory mediators such as histamine. Histamine causes the small blood vessels (capillaries) in the superficial layers of skin to leak fluid, and wheal-like swellings to develop on the surface of the skin. The wheals on the skin can

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