Airway Allergy

Grass pollen immunotherapy

It's hard to believe that the next summer isn't far off. For those hay fever sufferers, now is the time to start considering desensitisation immunotherapy for grass pollen. This treatment needs to be started at least 2 months before the grass pollen season gets under way for best results. All too often hay fever sufferers [...]

By |2019-01-14T07:49:58+00:00January 14th, 2019|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Get rid of that Christmas Tree

Now that Christmas is over, its time to take down that Christmas tree. Real conifer trees used to decorate and celebrate Christmas indoors will contain mould spores and pollens that can be allergenic. After 14 days indoors most will release significant amounts of allergen into the indoor environment. Even artificial trees brought out and rejected [...]

By |2018-12-30T16:12:13+00:00December 30th, 2018|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Grass pollen desensitisation

Summer has finally arrived. So get those antihistamines and nasal sprays out of storage. With the lovely warm sunny weather comes the dreaded grass pollen scourge. Hay fever (Pollinosis) and allergic conjunctivitis can severely and adversely impact quality of life. Now’s too late to start Grazax (a new revolutionary Hay Fever treatment for grass pollen [...]

By |2017-05-27T12:06:17+00:00May 27th, 2017|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Local IgE Production

A new  concept in allergology is that of "local" IgE production on respiratory and ocular membranes  causing allergy and also called Local Allergic Rhinits. The allergic reaction in this case is very localised to the nasal membranes and conjunctiva and not identified on routine allergy skin prick testing or RAST blood testing.  However these patients respond to [...]

By |2016-11-10T21:30:23+00:00November 10th, 2016|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Alzheimer’s Disease and antihistamines

Some recent medical studies have suggested that overuse of antihistamine medication may result in Alzheimer’s disease. Only some of the older non-sedating antihistamines were mentioned in the study. Some older (sedating) antihistamines such as chlorphenamine and diphenhydramine cross into the brain and can cause drowsiness and are even used as OTC “sleeping pills”.  Newer once-daily [...]

By |2016-06-06T09:16:57+00:00June 6th, 2016|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Vocal cord dysfunction

Vocal cord dysfunction is a curious condition where the vocal cords go into paradoxical spasm whilst breathing (especially breathing in). This can mimic asthma with sudden onset intermittent breathlessness, wheeze and exercise related symptoms mainly in the throat with noisy breathing. Patients who fail to respond to conventional asthma treatment should have this diagnosis considered. [...]

By |2015-11-01T12:43:16+00:00November 1st, 2015|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Local Allergic Rhinitis

Nasal, eye and respiratory allergies have traditionally been diagnosed by doing blood and skin tests for specific allergy to pollens, dust mites and pets.  These test include Skin Prick Testing (SPTs) using allergens applied directly to the skin or RAST blood tests testing for systemic IgE antibodies travelling around the body in the blood stream. [...]

By |2015-05-18T23:04:04+00:00May 18th, 2015|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Bronchial Thermoplasty

Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new invasive treatment in severe asthma. The thickened airway bronchial smooth muscle that develops over years, makes the asthma difficult to control with conventional medication (inhalers and steroids).  The procedure results in the airway muscle being destroyed by heat using a bronchoscope (lung probe) under general anaesthetic to relieve airway spasm. It usually involves a series [...]

By |2015-01-06T08:23:17+00:00January 6th, 2015|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Pollen crazy weather

The pleasant warm summer weather and occasional rain are everything the local Timothy grass could hope for. This weather results in prolific pollen production by the grasses across the country. The pollen grains released from grass are tiny and float about in the air. They attach to our skin, hair and clothing. Its when they get into [...]

By |2014-07-09T14:43:38+00:00July 9th, 2014|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Hay fever season begins

At last the weather is warming up and Hay Fever season is about to commence. Symptoms include itchy eyes and nose, sneezing, streaming nose and congestion. Best to stock up on the antihistamines now. Best brands are the non sedating once a day varieties such as acrivastine, cetirizine, loratadine, fexofenadine and mizolastine. Those on Grazax and Staloral [...]

By |2014-04-17T11:38:08+00:00April 17th, 2014|Airway Allergy|0 Comments