A medical professional approach to hay fever treatment
UP TO 1 IN 4 AUSTRALIANS SUFFER FROM HAY FEVER (ALLERGIC RHINOCONJUNCTIVITIS / AR).
Many think this a minor condition. It is not.
It leads to significant reduction of quality of life with considerable socioeconomic affects. AR is known to be associated with asthma, sinusitis and ear infections and a chronically blocked nose leads to sleep disordered breathing.
This again causes tiredness, depression and anxiety. In children it can lead to disordered learning as well as behaviour, attention and dental problems. Most patients are not aware of what they are allergic to and thus use ineffective costly treatments. T
o manage hey fever properly it is of the utmost importance to find the cause of the problem. Allergy testing is the cornerstone of the assessment process.
Here at Lloyds Northside Clinic, we have experienced staff with advanced training in allergy investigation and management. We strive to be up to date with the latest evidence-based medical treatments for allergic diseases.
During a single visit we will be able to do most of the investigation and testing needed to find the cause of a patients’ AR.
Every patient will be given a detailed plan on what medication to use and how to use it. In severe cases we have the ability to arrange Immunotherapy for children and adults. Immunotherapy is a treatment where the patient puts drops under their tongue every day or receive injections according to a schedule. These drops or injections contain specific allergens that the patient is allergic to.
Immunotherapy has shown great benefit to allergic patients in symptom control as well as reduction of medication usage. It is the only treatment that comes close to offering a cure. In a recent study it has also been shown to prevent the development of asthma in certain children.
This is the most natural and effective form of treatment for allergies.
At Lloyds Northside Clinic we have a special interest in allergy testing and the management of allergic related diseases and are qualified to decide who will benefit from this unique treatment.