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Understanding common allergies: A comprehensive overview

Living in South East Queensland offers many benefits, from beautiful beaches to a warm climate. However, it also means being exposed to various allergens that can trigger allergic reactions in individuals. At One Life Medical Centre in Alexandra Hills, we understand the impact allergies can have on your daily life and provide comprehensive allergy care. Whether you’re dealing with seasonal allergies, food allergies or reactions to common substances, the consulting doctors and our team is here to diagnose, treat and support you on your journey towards optimal health.

Seasonal allergies

Queensland is known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant flora. However, the abundance of pollen can lead to seasonal allergies, commonly referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Symptoms may include sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, nasal congestion, and a runny nose. These allergies are typically triggered by grass, tree and weed pollens, which are most prevalent during spring and summer.

Food allergies

Food allergies are another common concern for Redland residents. Certain foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, eggs, milk and wheat, can cause severe allergic reactions. Symptoms may range from mild skin irritations, such as hives, to more severe reactions like anaphylaxis. It’s crucial to identify food allergies early and seek proper medical guidance to prevent life-threatening situations.

If I have symptoms after food, do I have an allergy?

Not necessarily. Adverse reactions to food can occur for a variety of reasons and all fall within the umbrella term “food hypersensitivity”. This includes reactions that involve the immune system, termed food allergy, but also a range of others that don’t – often called “food intolerance”. Read about the myths surrounding food allergy and intolerances.

Allergies to common substances

Apart from seasonal and food allergies, individuals in South East Queensland may also experience allergies to common substances found in their everyday surroundings. These can include dust mites, pet dander, mould spores and certain chemicals. Allergic reactions to these substances can manifest as respiratory issues, skin irritations or even asthma attacks. Identifying the specific triggers is essential for effective management.

Diagnosis and treatment

A trip to the chemist or a browse online for a diagnosis is likely to provide you with a bill and a long list of foods that are apparently causing your symptoms. Many of the tests offered are not evidence-based for food allergy or food intolerance. The only evidence-based allergy testing currently available is for immediate reaction allergen-specific immunoglobulin (IgE). At One Life Medical Centre, our experienced team of healthcare professionals is committed to diagnosing and treating allergies. Allergy testing using skin prick tests or blood tests for allergen-specific immunoglobulin (IgE) helps your doctor to confirm the substances which you are allergic so that appropriate advice can be given. Allergy test results cannot be used on their own and must be considered together with your clinical history.

Medicare rebates for allergy testing

Medicare rebates are available for skin prick tests or blood tests for allergen specific IgE (formerly known as RAST) in Australia. In some cases, you may be referred to a clinical immunology/allergy specialist for further detailed assessment.

Allergy management

Once your allergies are identified, your doctor will work with you to develop an individualised management plan. This plan may involve lifestyle modifications, allergen avoidance strategies and medications to alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life.


For individuals with severe allergies, immunotherapy may be recommended. This treatment involves gradually exposing the body to small amounts of the allergen, helping to desensitise the immune system and reduce allergic reactions over time. Viable options include subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) or sublingual immunotherapy (oral drops or tablets).

Ongoing support

At One Life Medical Centre, we believe in building a lasting relationship with our patients. Our team will provide ongoing support, education and follow-up care to ensure your allergies are well-managed and your concerns addressed.

Look after your allergies with One Life Medical in Alexandra Hills
As holistic doctors, One Life Medical in Alexandra Hills focuses on preventative care, looking at a patient’s mind, body and spirit to get to the root cause of an issue. Aged pensioners and children under 16 receive bulk billing. Find out more about the One Life Medical fee structure here. To book an appointment at One Life Medical, please call 07 3824 8144. Alternatively, you can book online or download the app for iPhone or Android devices and make bookings directly from your phone. For further information, please call reception on 07 3824 8144.

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