News

Many ways to treat common hayfever and allergies

AHHH-CHOOO! There are many different types of allergic reactions, and their severity varies from person to person.
AHHH-CHOOO! There are many different types of allergic reactions, and their severity varies from person to person.

ALLERGIES, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little problem in most people.

These diseases include hayfever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma and anaphylaxis, which can be a severe life threatening condition.

Symptoms of an allergy may include red eyes, an itchy rash, runny nose, shortness of breath or swelling.

Common allergies include pollen and food.

Many allergens such as dust or pollen are airborne. In these cases symptoms arise in areas in contact with air, such as eyes, nose and lungs.

For instance allergic rhinitis, also known as hayfever, causes irritation of the nose, sneezing, itching and redness of the eyes.

Skin allergies frequently cause rashes or inflammation within the skin in what is known as a 'weal and flare' reaction characteristic of hives.

A wide variety of foods can cause allergic reactions but the vast majority of allergic responses to food are caused by cow's milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

Although peanut allergies are notorious for their severity, peanut allergies are not the most common food allergy in adults or children.

Management of allergies typically involves avoiding what triggers the allergy and medications to improve symptoms.

At the Friendlies Chemist we can give advice on allergies and their treatment.

You may benefit from an antihistamine, some of which may cause drowsiness, or one of the less sedating antihistamines.

Steroid or nasal sprays are available over the counter to treat allergic rhinitis and hydrocortisone cream is available for eczema and hives.

Eye reactions can be treated with antihistamine eye drops to lessen symptoms.

So whatever your symptoms or if you have any other health concerns call in and see us for friendly advice. Our pharmacist can even do a free meds check with you, which only takes around 30 minutes.

Topics:  allergies, clarence valley, grafton, hayfever, medical, treat




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

OUR SAY: Dream, even if it’s nuts

Bruce Green of Palmers Channel looks over his macadamia trees.

Someone needs to take a risk, prove the impossible and reward

LETTER: Zero choices on July 2

The two leaders Shorten and Turnbull will visit each of the seats we've identified here at least a couple of times throughout the campaign.

Vote for who gives the most handouts and we'll get what we deserve

VIDEO: Exclusive interview with Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce

“In this electorate you’re voting for the course of the nation"

Latest deals and offers

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?