Don’t let hay fever control you this season

Hay fever is the common name for allergic rhinitis. It is an allergic reaction in the nose, throat and eyes.  Most people associate hay fever with spring, when airborne pollens from grasses are highest. However, hay fever can occur at any time of the year.  Common, over-the-counter hay fever medicines include: antihistamine tablets – which…

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Understanding Allergic Rhinitis (Hayfever) and Asthma

If you’re confused about the difference between allergies and asthma, you’re not alone. The two are often related, have similar symptoms and can be triggered by the same things.   So how do you know whether you have allergies, asthma, or both? Well, first and foremost, see your doctor. Your GP can run tests to…

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Educating kids on Asthma

If you have a child with asthma, or even a curious child with a friend or classmate with asthma, you might want to check out asthmakids.com.au – it’s a website that speaks to kids about asthma, without all the heavier grown up or medical jargon. It’s bright and engaging, targeting pre-school and primary school children…

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Spring is in the air (and so is pollen!)

In technical terms, Hayfever (Allergic Rhinitis) is an allergic response to pollen that affects the mucosal membranes of the nose, eyes and air passages. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to prevent and ease the sneeze or wheeze before it takes on more problematic symptoms. Thinking beyond spring Pollination times vary greatly with the plant species and location. For example,…

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Using your inhaler

Although it might seem simple, it can be hard to get the steps just right without an expert showing you how. And if it’s been a while since you were last shown, it’s easy for little mistakes to slip into your routine. Using your inhaler properly is important. With the right technique you can be…

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Allergic Conjunctivitis

Sometimes conjunctivitis can be a result of an allergic reaction. Cleaning products and cosmetics can trigger allergic conjunctivitis, as well as pollen in the air – typically in individuals that have had a history of allergies. Also those who are allergic to certain animals may also be susceptible. Fortunately, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious, and…

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Hayfever (in children)

Identifying hay fever symptoms in children may be tricky, particularly if they have not experienced them before. Hay fever is actually the common name for ‘allergic rhinitis’ – which means an allergy primarily affecting the nose, although eyes, sinuses, ears and throat are often affected too! Whilst spring is a common time to get hay…

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Hayfever

Spring delights are here; sunshine, flowers and longer, warmer days. Unfortunately this wonderful time of year is shadowed by those nasty hay fever symptoms; itchy, watery and puffy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and feeling miserable. There are many ways in which hay fever can be managed, so that spring is enjoyable as opposed to unbearable!…

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Antihistamines

With a change of seasons, patients frequently notice a change in their allergy symptoms. The mainstay of treatment is still antihistamines, but there are a number of different kinds. The staff at UFS are always available to help you to select the best therapy for your own symptoms. The two most common kinds of antihistamine…

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Asthma

Asthma is a problem that is not always associated with summer and hot weather, but the bushfires that we inevitably suffer from each summer will often contaminate our air with smoke and debris from both bushfires and backburning operations. The pharmacists at UFS all notice an increase in patients who attend the pharmacy for asthma…

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