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Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (“A&AA”) is a registered charity and national support organisation, dedicated to helping individuals and carers alike in managing allergy disease, including the risk of anaphylaxis.

Allergic disease is a chronic condition that includes allergic rhinitis (hay fever), atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, food and insect allergies and other potentially life-threatening conditions.

A&AA works closely with related areas in state and commonwealth government departments, food industry, health and teaching professionals, as well as the Australian community at large. A&AA advocates for all Australians living with allergic disease to improve health and well-being.

A&AA are a part of an international alliance of like-minded organisations and work closely with peak medical bodies including the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). The National Allergy Strategy (“NAS”) is a partnership between ASCIA and A&AA, of which the A&AA CEO is the co-chair.

Vision and mission

Improved quality of life for all Australians living with allergic disease.

To listen, guide and educate Australians living with allergic disease and to advocate on your behalf to ensure your voice is heard.

How A&AA can help

A&AA strive to raise awareness of allergic conditions including life threatening allergies in the community by providing evidence based information, resources and services to support children and adults living with allergic disease.

They help Australians improve quality of life because for the most part, allergic disease cannot be cured. As allergic conditions are chronic and can be severe, support, information and guidance contribute to an improved quality of life.

Information / helpline

  • For guidance on living life with allergic disease (not medical advice / not emergency line) call 1300 728 000 Mon to Fri, 9am to 4pm AEST
  • In an emergency call triple zero (000)

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.

Last reviewed: May 2024

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Children, food allergy management and the risk of anaphylaxis - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Children, food allergy management and the risk of anaphylaxis

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Allergy & Anaphylaxis - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Caring for people with severe allergies is important for all the community, with ongoing education and sharing the latest information vital to help keep everyone safe. We encourage all schools, pre-schools, workplaces and food outlets to take an active role in making their environments allergy aware.

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Diagnosis - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

It is important that the diagnosis of a food allergy is made by a medical practitioner with experience in food allergy. Never self-diagnose or rely on anecdotal information for a diagnosis. A person who is suspected of having a food allergy should obtain a referral to see an allergy specialist for correct diagnosis, advice on preventative management and emergency treatment. A referral to a dietitian may also be required, particularly with multiple food allergies. People diagnosed with a potent

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Atopic Eczema Management - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

The terms atopic dermatitis and atopic eczema, mean the same thing. Eczema cannot be cured, it can only be managed, so it is important people do not constantly seek different treatments.

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Immunotherapy for Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Allergen Immunotherapy (AIT) has been used for over 100 years and is a proven treatment providing long-term relief for hay fever. The aim of AIT is to help people react less to their trigger allergen/s that cause symptoms (such as grass pollen/house dust mite). This means having no/less symptoms and a better quality of life.

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Allergic Rhinitis (hayfever) - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is one of the most common allergic conditions affecting 1 in 5 people in Australia. It is caused by the body’s immune system reacting to common allergens in the environment such as pollen, house dust mite, moulds and animal danders (skin cells and fur).

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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a chronic, itchy skin condition that can range from being quite minor to something that can have a negative impact on quality of life. The good news is that by having an appropriate management plan in place, symptoms and discomfort can be significantly reduced.

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Medication - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Many people in the community say they/their children are allergic to medications however the majority have experienced signs and symptoms that are in fact not considered the result of true allergic reaction. In reality a much smaller number of individuals are truly allergic to medications. That said, the people that do have an immune system response (true allergy) to a medication must avoid that medication at all costs as reactions can be potentially life threatening.

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Latex - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Natural rubber latex comes from the sap of the rubber tree. Allergic reactions to latex products occur because certain people become allergic to the various proteins in natural rubber latex.

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Other allergens - Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Other allergens such as alcohol, animals, insects

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