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My Child Suffers With Allergies. What Can I Do to Help Her?

Gasworks Guardian Pharmacy

Dear Jolon, My child suffers with allergies. Is there something I can do to help her?

Allergies occur when a person reacts to substances in the environment that most people don’t react to. These substances are called allergens and can be found in dust mites, pollens, pets, insects, moulds, foods and some medications. Symptoms of allergy can include itchy nose and eyes, excess mucous production, sneezing, swelling, itchy skin, asthma. In the most serious cases, a symptom can be anaphylaxis (swelling of the upper airways).

Addressing and Treating the Allergies

One of the first steps in addressing an allergy is to try and identify the allergen (the substance which the person is reacting to). In general, avoiding contact where possible will reduce the incidence of allergic symptoms. However, it can be difficult sometimes to identify the allergen/s, so you should speak to your doctor regarding allergy testing.

Overall there are many different treatments for allergies, depending upon the symptoms that the patient experiences. The first option is antihistamines (eg. Loratadine, Fexofenadine, Cetirizine). These block histamine – which is what causes the swelling and itch associated with allergies. Mostly antihistamines are useful in treating immediate symptoms of mild/moderate allergic reactions.

The next option are corticosteroids (eg. Mometasone, budesonide, fluticasone) which reduce the immune response to allergens. These medications can be useful to prevent allergies in patients that suffer on a daily/weekly/seasonal basis. In addition, if used regularly, they can prevent the onset of symptoms.

Anaphylaxis Action Plan

In the most serious allergies that cause anaphylaxis, it is extremely important that the patient is aware of the allergen that leads to their allergic reaction. This is because the primary treatment should be to avoid the allergen. The patient should also have a detailed Anaphylaxis Action Plan developed with their doctor and pharmacist that will involve steps to treating an anaphylactic reaction. This will involve the possible administration of a dose of adrenaline (epinephrine) through a device called an Epi-pen. In addition, it is always important that family members and caregivers are aware of this plan and know what to do in the event of an emergency.

If you or your family need assistance in managing your allergy symptoms, please contact the friendly pharmacists at Gasworks Pharmacy.

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Allergies, Echinacea, and More – All Things Health

All About Allergies

Hypersensitivity of the immune system to substances in the environment that are typically harmless is what causes allergies. Pollen, dust mites, mould, animal fur, insect stings and foods such as nuts, cow’s milk, shellfish, eggs and soy are the most common allergies. There are many causes and symptoms, and they are very common. Overall, allergies affect roughly one in five people.  

The eyes may start to water when the body comes in contact with an allergen. Additionally, the throat may become sore and the skin may develop eczema or hives. These symptoms are usually treated with antihistamines or nasal sprays, and by avoiding the allergens that trigger symptoms. While most allergic reactions are mild to moderate, a small number of people experience a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. This reaction requires immediate lifesaving medication.

Anyone can develop an allergy. Some people develop allergies early in life whereas others do as they age. They are among the most common chronic conditions globally and are often hereditary. If your doctor suspects an allergy then they may refer you to an allergist who specialises in the treatment of allergies. This specialist can then test you.

Marios Range Echinacea

When it comes to Echinacea, the plant species used, part of the plant used and the quality of the preparation is really important. That’s why you want to leave it to a trained Naturopath or Herbalist to carefully select an Echinacea preparation that can support your immunity.

Marios Range of immune tonics contain the highest quality of Echinacea with standardised alkylamides. These constituents activate macrophages and increase the number and activity of natural killer cells – the immune system’s first responders – helping your body to overcome viral infection swiftly and effectively which may shorten the severity and duration of colds & flu. Ask in store at Calanna Wholehealth Pharmacy today about which Marios Range Tonic is best for you.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet.

Interesting Facts About Hair

The average person has 100,000-150,000 strands of hair. You’ll shed about 50-150 of these each day on average, and a single hair has a lifespan of about five years.

In warm weather, hair grows faster. The reason for this is that heat stimulates circulation and therefore encourages hair growth. It’s also actually the fastest growing tissue in the human body, just after bone marrow. Keratin is what mostly makes up hair, which is the same protein that makes up animals’ claws, horns and hooves.

Lastly, only about seven per cent of people coloured their hair in the 1950’s. Nowadays, this number has gone up to about 75 per cent.

Natural Remedies for Cysts

Cysts are hard lumps under the skin usually filled with yellowish, foul-smelling liquid. Glamorous. Although they may be alarming when discovered, rest assured, they are treatable at home and usually nothing to worry about. 

Warm compress – Use a sterile washcloth soaked in warm water and press against the cyst. You can repeat this as often as you’d like.

Tea tree oil – Mix two or three drops with some water and apply directly to the cyst several times per day.

Apple cider vinegar – Mix equal parts water with apple cider vinegar. Apply the dilution directly to the cyst several times per day. The antimicrobial properties of the mixture may help reduce cysts. It’s important to remember that if the cyst is growing rapidly, causing pain or causing you problems, it’s a good idea to get them checked out by a doctor who can provide further treatment or remove it.


The Benefits of Getting an Air Purifier

Healthy air is not something that the majority of us probably think about. But it’s definitely something we should. There are often so many pollutants in our air without us even realising. These can affect asthma, allergies and more. Yes, they might be invisible and tiny, but they can still be enough to be harmful to your health or aggravate any health issues you already have. In small spaces, particularly in homes and offices, the air is being shared between multiple people. This spreads around anything harmful and pollutants that are present. Cleaning the space often and well, washing your hands, covering your mouth before coughing and other precautions are great to practice, but there is more you can do – by getting an air purifier. 

Medical grade air purifiers like the ones from Andatech help to purify our indoor air. In general they get rid of these harmful pollutants and bacteria. Using a UV light, the air purifier can inactivate microbes such as bacteria and viruses that are trapped on its filters.

Getting an air purifier is an easy way to ensure you are taking that extra step to help keep the air cleaner. This is particularly important if you’re a parent of small children (who we all know aren’t being their cleanest at the best of times). Or, maybe you share a space with an immunocompromised person. 

Having pets also means you most likely have a lot more of their dander in the house than you realise. So, if you have family members with allergies then this can become a problem. Unfortunately, vacuuming doesn’t tend to remove all of the pollutants, and can end up recirculating them. Plus, asthma is very common, and even more common are the triggers that can cause asthma attacks. These include allergens such as tree and grass pollen, animal dander, and irritants such as smoke, strong odours and chemical fumes. Opening windows for fresh air is a good idea in theory. However, it doesn’t quite work as the best solution either, considering that doing so can allow more triggers to enter inside.

Air purifiers that come with a HEPA filter draw in dust, hair, gases and chemicals and trap them. This prevents them staying airborne. If you have pets or live with a person that has asthma, it’s a good idea to look into getting an air purifier. Even if you’re someone who simply doesn’t like strong odours or you have a relative that smokes, an air purifier can reduce smells for you.

You can find stylish, simple yet high functioning air purifiers, as well as breathalysers and other handy tools here. Use Code PAKMAG10 at checkout for 10% off the selected products.

About Andatech

 Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company. They design supplies, supports and services safety products such as breathalysers, as well as consumer safety and health products. With a focus on indoor air quality, Andatech’s distribution channel offers a range of highly reviewed and award-winning products. These include dehumidifiers, air purifiers and humidifiers that help to greatly improve air quality at home.


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How Do I Know the Difference Between a Food Intolerance and Food Allergy?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, How do I know the difference between a food intolerance and food allergy?

According to the Mayo Institute, a true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs. In some cases, an allergic food reaction can even be severe or life-threatening. But overall, food intolerance symptoms are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems. However, food intolerances can cause similar signs and symptoms to a food allergy.

If you are not sure about your intolerances, book in to have them tested at Calanna Wholehealth with one of our Naturopaths. .


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