It is possible to be allergic to almost anything. Allergic reactions range from mild irritants to life threatening.
Even if not life threatening, allergies often significantly affect our quality of life – during work, rest and play. Thankfully, we can now offer effective diagnosis, prevention and ways of managing most allergies so people can live healthier and happier lives.
- 1 in 3 people will develop allergies at some time during life
- 1 in 5 will develop atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- 1 in 6 will have an attack of hives (urticaria)
- 1 in 10 people have asthma
- 1 in 20 will develop a food allergy (usually transient)
- 1 in 100 will have a life-threatening allergy known as anaphylaxis.
Common food allergens include peanuts and tree nuts, fish and shellfish, eggs, milk, wheat and soy.
Hay fever can be caused by grass pollens, weed and tree pollens, dust mites and animal dander.
Medications that most commonly cause allergic reactions are anti-inflammatories and penicillin-type antibiotics.
If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this website, Dr Tansy recommends the comprehensive website of ASCIA, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, the peak professional body for allergy and clinical immunology in Australia and New Zealand.