It is with great sadness that we inform you of recent severe allergic reactions to milk in Western Australia.
Tragically a 6 year old girl has died from a severe allergic reaction to dairy. Just two days later, another toddler was given milk by accident at a childcare centre. This time, doctors were able to save the child’s young life after being given three shots of adrenaline before being rushed to emergency.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by these tragic events.
New ASCIA action plans
ASCIA has released newly developed generic versions of ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis. These can be used with generic version of EpiPen and any other adrenaline autoinjector brands that are supplied in future.
ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses have also been updated to include the generic versions of ASCIA Action Plans.
It’s not always a joke. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis is a rare but real disorder. It causes people to have an allergic response to exercise. Yes, exercise can really trigger asthma, hay fever (rhinitis), hives (urticaria) and even anaphylaxis. Some people have symptoms with exercise alone while for others it is set off by a food eaten in the hours prior to exercise.
The severity of symptoms is mostly influenced by how much food is eaten, how active the exercise is and the time between the two. This means that severe symptoms are usually due to food eaten within a few hours of the exercise.
Wheat tends to be the most common culprit. But there have also been reports other foods like seafood, nuts, and some types of fruit and vegetables causing symptoms too.
Treatment includes avoiding "trigger foods" and keeping an EpiPen with you at all times.
We are looking forward to attending ASCIA 2018, the 29th annual conference of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), in Canberra in September. This conference aims to provide an international standard of continuing professional development and opportunities to update knowledge for ASCIA members and other health professionals working in the areas of allergy and clinical immunology.
Over three days, we will attend presentations across many areas of allergy, immunodeficiency and autoimmunity, presented by experts from Australia and New Zealand and a further eight international speakers. These sessions will help us to keep up to date on all of the advances in these areas and help inform our work going forward.
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