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Summer is our favourite time of year. The sun is out, the weather is warm; however it can be a tricky time when it comes to managing eczema.
If you or a loved one struggle with eczema, you’ll know that summer heat, sweat and exposure to environmental factors like sand, chlorine and sunscreen can exacerbate symptoms. This is because in people with eczema the skin barrier does not work as well. With less water retaining properties, moisture is easily lost from the skin causing it to dry out and become vulnerable to irritants and allergens. Pollen allergy can also trigger a worsening of eczema symptoms, in Spring and Summer.
However, there’s no need to stay indoors all summer long. You can manage your eczema during the warmer months with these simple tips:
As always, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
If you’re planning to swim in the pool, we recommend using a good emollient before going in, then after rinsing off apply again to protect the skin.
Keep your emollient in the fridge – it will feel extra soothing to apply when it’s warm outside.
Wear loose, light clothing and avoid synthetic fabrics that trap heat and moisture close to the body.
Although a broad spectrum sunscreen is critical in the harsh Summer sun, it can sting and irritate sensitive skin. It is a good idea to trial a few and find one that suits you best. Ego SunSense, Cetaphil Suntivity, and La Roche Posay have ranges worth trying.
Although seawater can sting broken skin it can be healing for sore and inflamed skin.
On very hot days stay cool with air–conditioning at home or better yet, go shopping or see a movie.
High stress levels can exacerbate eczema symptoms. Gentle exercise such as yoga can help keep you relaxed and calm.
Good vitamin D levels are important in helping to manage eczema. The best source of vitamin D is UVB radiation from the sun. UV radiation levels vary depending on location, time of year, time of day, cloud coverage and the environment.
Apply cool compresses to soothe the skin and help with the urge to scratch.
Soaking in a bath of lukewarm (not hot) water can help your skin better absorb moisture. Add non-fragranced bath oil, or mild bleach to reduce bacteria and prevent infection. Remember not to soak longer than 10 to 15 minutes.
Apply wet wrap therapy to calm and re-hydrate the skin.
Visit our Eczema Clinic for a full assessment and an individual care plan.
It’s important to note that if your eczema isn’t getting better, you might have an infection. If skin is broken, red and weepy it may need a topical antibiotic cream or oral antibiotics. You may be exposed to allergens that you aren’t aware of that are causing your eczema. If this is the case, make an appointment to visit our Eczema Clinic, and find out how we can help you with personalised care plan that will have you back at the beach in no time.
Summer is our favourite time of year, the sun is out, the weather is warm and it’s time for get-togethers, travel, and holidays with friends and family. Are you Summer Ready? For allergy care we have you sorted, every step of the way. We want you to shine this season.
If you’re managing eczema, there’s no need to stay indoors all summer long. We have some simple tips to make sure you can manage your eczema during the warmer months.
We all love holidays with family and allergies shouldn’t hold you back. With the holiday season upon us, we’ve put together a series with advice on travelling with allergies to ensure healthy happy holidays.
Festive eating, both at home and abroad is an exciting experience and while everyone’s dietary considerations are different there are some simple ways to approach eating with allergies so you can make the most of the season’s delights.
The recently launched Red Sneaker Campaign sends a strong message to families across the globe about the need for more awareness on food allergy and the importance of diligence around festive eating. Today, almost 3% of Australian children are allergic to peanuts and tragically, in some cases exposure or consumption can be fatal. Allergy Medical continues to contribute to significant developments in peanut allergy research and offers a Peanut Program that may prevent “high risk” infants from developing peanut allergy.
Melbourne’s shocking “thunderstorm asthma” event is an important reminder that even mild asthma sufferers can rapidly become acutely affected and without an action plan and current medication they are at risk. In a recent post we explain this rare phenomenon and the symptoms that can be indicators of other inhalant allergies.
Ask us how we can help you with lasting relief from allergy, eczema, asthma and intolerances. Here’s to healthy, happy holidays.
Back to school preparation is just around the corner so we’ve gathered a few helpful facts for parents to consider when planning their kids return to school. Not only is it important to instil good habits in children with allergy but also to continue to raise allergy awareness by sharing knowledge with teachers and other parents.
With uncontrolled asthma, more common in teens, the likelihood of a flare up in the classroom or playground increases substantially. If your child has asthma it is important to keep it well controlled as prevention is the best treatment. Remember that if using a reliever (Ventolin or Asmol) more than 2 times a week, this is an indication of a need for preventer asthma medication (or a review), as is nocturnal waking or difficulty exercising due to cough or wheeze.
“When children return to classrooms, factors such as stress, a change of environment or allergens and less strict asthma management over the holidays can trigger asthma.”
Get your child ready for school with this back-to-school asthma checklist and share the information with your school. In many cases we can help patients to better manage asthma by better managing their allergy. To see how we could help you, just ask us.
If your child has a food allergy, teaching them to be allergy aware is the best way to prevent a reaction while they’re at school. Not sharing food, washing hands, reading food labels, always carrying an EpiPen, and knowing what to do during a reaction are all important habits for your child to develop. Update your child’s ASCIA Action Planand share a copy with their school for reference. It’s always a good idea to do a family refresher each year on how to recognise and manage an allergic reaction.
Is your child’s allergy Action Plan and EpiPen up to date? Childrens’ immune systems are changing and developing as they grow, allergy should be tested annually until the age of 5 and every 2 years after that.
As with uncontrolled asthma, teenagers and young adults with food allergy are also at the highest risk. Any reactions or changes in symptoms should always be seen to without delay. For reviews or EpiPen renewals book an appointment.
Teenagers and young adults with food allergy are at the highest risk of fatal anaphylaxis. 44% of 14-25 year olds admitted to not always carrying their EpiPen.
If you need more support on how to teach your child to be allergy aware, contact usto arrange a review and update their EpiPen script at the same time.
An unmanaged allergy can affect a child’s development and their performance at school. To have your child tested for allergy, book an appointment at one of our clinics.
Good luck to all the big kids starting school for the first time this year! Parents, we hope you manage to make it through without too many tears.
You might have noticed that your hay fever and cold in Winter seem to be connected? It’s because your nose is blocked. Why is your nose so important?
When you inhale through your nose it filters the air, at the same time humidifying and warming. By the time the air reaches your lungs it is of at perfect body temperature and moisture level to prevent dryness of the lining of the lungs and bronchial tubes. When your nose is blocked and you breathe through your mouth, cold air, allergens and viruses take a fast route to your lungs – resulting in more sickness, allergies and asthma.
We’re all more likely to stay indoors more in winter, meaning more exposure to dust, mould and animal dander, so a clean home is one of the easiest ways to avoid allergens. By simply minimising dust and mould build-up, you can go a long way in controlling your allergy.
Winter winds and cold weather can also exacerbate allergy symptoms like dry skin, dermatitis and eczema, which is especially hard on little ones.
But allergies don’t need to spoil things. Look after yourself this winter with some simple treatment options and get back to feeling like you.
To find out more about managing your allergies in winter, call Allergy Medical on 07 3252 3711 or request an appointment online.
Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergy including potentially fatal food allergies. We’ll be sharing some positive and useful ways for spreading the word in your community.
Do you, your child or someone you know have a food allergy?
Teaching everyone to be food allergy aware is key to ensuring safe work and school environments.
It’s important for all Australians to recognise the signs and symptoms of a reaction. Awareness and open communication within the community helps reduce the risk of a reaction for those living with food allergy and to help manage potentially life-threatening emergencies when they happen.
For those with food allergy, not sharing food, washing hands, reading food labels, always carrying an EpiPen and knowing what to do in the case of a reaction are all important habits.
If you have concerns about food allergy book an appointment. Delaying correct diagnosis and treatment can have serious consequences for children and adults.
Is your allergy Action Plan and EpiPen up to date?
Food allergy now affects one in 10 infants and about two in 100 adults in Australia. Some children may outgrow their allergy, however some adults develop their food allergy later in life after eating the food without a problem for many years.
The severity of an allergic reaction can be unpredictable although someone who has previously had a severe reaction to a particular food is more likely to have another severe reaction to that food. Someone who has a previous mild reaction to a food is less likely to have a severe reaction but the possibility is still there. Someone who is allergic to a food but has not been prescribed an adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injector still needs to do their best to avoid the food as reactions do sometimes become more severe.
Childrens’ immune systems are changing and developing as they grow, allergy should be tested annually until the age of 5 and every 2 years after that. Update your child’s ASCIA Action Planand share a copy with their school for reference. It’s always a good idea to do a family refresher each year on how to recognise and manage an allergic reaction.
Research shows teenagers are at the highest risk of fatal anaphylaxis. A concerning 44% of 14-25 year olds admitted to not always carrying their EpiPen.
Teenagers and young adults with food allergy and asthma are at the highest risk. With uncontrolled asthma, more common in teens, the likelihood of a flare up in the classroom or playground increases substantially. Any reactions should always be seen to without delay.
Each term at school, factors such as stress, a change of environment or allergens and less strict asthma management over the holidays can trigger asthma. Year-round it is important to stay up-to-date with your asthma checklist. If you need more support on how to teach your child to be allergy aware, contact us to arrange a review and, if required, update their EpiPen script and management plan at the same time.
Allergy can significantly affect a child’s development and performance at school. Ensure your kids have the best chance of succeeding at school and maintain your asthma checklist as well as sharing the information with your school.
If you, your partner, or your child has asthma it is important to keep it well controlled as prevention is the best treatment. Remember that if using a reliever (Ventolin or Asmol) more than 2 times a week, this is an indication of a need for preventer asthma medication (or a review), as is nocturnal waking or difficulty exercising due to cough or wheeze.
Did you know that in many cases we can help patients to better manage asthma by better managing their allergy. To see how we could help you, just ask us.
Be aware, paint a nail to show you care.
Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergy including potentially fatal food allergies. Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is calling on all Australians to unite during Food Allergy Week from 14–20 May 2017, and for individuals to Be Aware. Show You Care.
Paint one nail to symbolise that one in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy and post a pic on your social media channels using #allergyaware
An “Autumn clean” is a great way to prepare your surroundings for the transition into Winter. Make sure your home and office spaces are in order and easier to clean before dust, dander and mould can become more of an issue particularly as the days get cooler, winter skin becomes drier, and more time is being spent indoors.
Many households have used their air-conditioners regularly during the sweltering heat of Summer. For managing eczema, it can also be helpful during the change of season to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity. As the weather cools is a great opportunity to clean vents and filters before switching to heating. The e-cloth Cleaning & Dusting Wand is lightweight and flexible, with a versatile flat 60cm long cleaning surface. It is also bendable, making light work of hard to reach spots.
Bring out your coats and winter linens prior to needing them to ensure they’re clean, fresh, and free of dust mites, mould and mildew. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free Soapnuts clean your clothes without laundry detergent. As they do not leave any chemical residue on fabric, clothes are softer and less likely to cause irritation.
Mould and fallen leaves
Mould spores are released in Autumn, circulating in the air as decaying leaves fall to the ground. As mould particle counts climb higher, they become increasingly irritating to people with allergies. High mould counts also contribute to breathing problems among those with asthma. Staying on top of fallen leaves is key to reducing the effects of allergy to mould.
Get into a routine of washing all your sheets weekly to remove the allergens that live in bedding. The change of season is also a time to remove your dust mite protective mattress and bedding covers and wash them at 60 degrees to keep them fresh, free of dead skin, dust mites and their dander. This routine is particularly important as cooler weather generally means dry skin causing an increase in dust mites. Good quality dust mite covers create a natural barrier against dust mites and dust mite allergen in your bed.
Did you know you can keep your home clean without using chemicals?
With the extra time spent indoors, dust, mould and animal dander are allergens that need to be wiped away. Clean better than chemicals – without chemicals using eCloth.
For a record-breaking 600,000 Australians the #Adele concert was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sadly for one Perth fan, the seemingly harmless, falling balloons caused a severe anaphylactic reaction.
The Perth fan told 7 News that she“felt her lips swelling and I couldn’t breathe” and“I knew I was in trouble” shortly after the balloons were let loose. She injected herself with three EpiPens to mitigate her reaction, but after they didn’t work, family members called for an ambulance. She is recovering in hospital.
Most people who are allergic to latex have had frequent exposure to latex over many years. Commonly people with latex allergy are also allergic to banana, avocado, chestnut and kiwi fruit due to cross-reactivity. Many also have other allergic disease such as asthma, hay fever or eczema.
Latex is used in a large number of products including bandages, baby bottle teats, baby dummies, rubber bands, clothing elastic, rubber toys, rubber grips and a wide range of medical equipment. Allergic reactions usually occur after exposure to products like gloves, balloons and condoms.
A latex allergy is an immune system reaction to proteins in natural rubber latex, a product made from rubber tree fluids. Symptoms range from minor skin irritation to life-threatening shock.
A person who is allergic to latex should avoid it. Antihistamines can help with minor reactions. Severe reactions require epinephrine (EpiPen).
Raising awareness of something as seemingly harmless as balloons is important to the the safety of those with latex allergy. If you or someone you know is displaying signs of allergic reaction, diagnosis and treatment is important for managing the symptoms properly.
Easter can be a challenge when living with food allergies. We have gathered some Easter egg options that make the experience just as fun for kids (and adults!) with specific dietary requirements.
There are some great dairy, nut or free-from treats so the excitement of the highly anticipated egg hunt can be enjoyed by all.
Moo Free products are free from the top eight most common food allergens and are dairy free, gluten free, soy free, nut free, egg free, wheat free, fish free and shellfish free.
Sweet William offer Easter bunnies that are free from dairy, gluten, peanut & tree nut, cholesterol, trans fats and lactose, artificial colours and preservatives.
Kinnerton have a ‘nut safety promise’ for those avoiding only nuts, as well as a selection of products that are free from dairy, egg and gluten.
If avoiding chocolate there are always candy eggs (free of the allergen) or alternatively the hunt could be for toy eggs that can be traded for other experiences such as movie tickets.
Hot cross buns are an Easter favourite and and there a plenty of options online for gluten, dairy, egg and nut free recipes. If you’re invited to an Easter gathering put your hand up early to bake the hot cross buns and you’ll know that they’re safe for everyone to enjoy.
Above all, don’t let allergies get in the way of some fun. Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends.
World Allergy Week 2017 and aims to raise greater awareness and understanding of allergy topics as well as the exchange of ideas and collaboration in order to address treatment and quality-of-life issues related to the care of patients with urticaria (hives).
This year’s agenda is to increase awareness of urticaria with the topic ‘The Agony of Hives – What to do when welts and swelling do not go away’. World Allergy Week is an annual initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO).
Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) is supporting this important initiative through a ‘wear a spot of red’ campaign and asking supporters to help raise awareness and funds to support research into allergy by wearing a spot of red or holding an event in their home, school or workplace.
Allergy Medical will be wearing ‘spot of red’ badges and putting red spots on all of our posts this coming week with the aim to help raise funds for the 1 in 4 of us who are impacted by allergy.
“Rally the support of your family and friends to help you raise money for allergy research. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination so get creative, go over the top, have fun and let everyone know that you are supporting allergy research! Why not organise a‘wear a spot of red’ day at work or school or host a‘spot of red’ morning tea or bake sale?”