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How to use a nasal spray correctly for hay fever

How to use a nasal spray correctly for hay fever Lots of people use steroid nasal sprays to treat hay fever and allergic rhinitis. However, if their technique for using the nasal spray is incorrect, it can lead to poor results and uncontrolled symptoms, as the medication does not get delivered to the [...]

What’s the best nasal spray for hay fever?

What's the best nasal spray for hay fever ? It's that time of year again when the pollen count starts to climb, and hay fever sufferers begin to experience the dreaded, familiar symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion and sneezing. For some people, it's mild enough, but others get more severe symptoms [...]

Urticaria– causes & treatment of “hives”

Urticaria- what causes hives and how is it treated? what is urticaria? Causes Treatment Tests What is Urticaria? Urticaria (commonly known as “hives”) is a common itchy rash- around 20% of people get it at some point in life. It usually leads to raised pink itchy skin lesions, [...]

Anaphylaxis- why does it happen & how is it treated?

Anaphylaxis- what causes it & how is it treated? causes symptoms treatment What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is a severe life-threatening allergy. Normally, the immune system defends the body against threats such as bacteria and viruses. An allergy is when a person’s immune system reacts abnormally to something it’s exposed [...]

Hay fever- what to do when self-treatment isn’t working

Hay fever- how to self treat it antihistamines nasal sprays eye drops Streaming nose, itchy watery eyes, irritated throat and a generally muzzy head- hay fever can be extremely uncomfortable. If it’s severe, it can be very hard to function- whether that’s working, socialising, or enjoying an afternoon in [...]

Do I have Asthma? How is it diagnosed & treated?

Do I have Asthma? How is it diagnosed? symptoms diagnosis treatment What is asthma? The airways (tubes) that take air from your throat to your lungs are surrounded by tiny muscles. These muscles are involuntary - you have no control over them. When they contract (squeeze), the airways become [...]

Thunderstorm Asthma- why it happens and how to prepare yourself

Thunderstorm Asthma- learning from the past & preparing for next time What Happened in Melbourne back in November 2016? 9 people lost their lives, hundreds of people were hospitalised and thousands of people were affected by breathing problems due to thunderstorm asthma. Medical services were overwhelmed by an unexpected surge in sudden-onset attacks of [...]