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Childhood Eczema - Attention To DetailChildhood Eczema - Attention To Detail

Successful treatment of childhood eczema often comes down to the details, says immunologist and allergy specialist Dr Andrew Baker...

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Conjuntivitis SignsConjunctivitis - Tell Tale Signs

Itchy eyes and wondering whether your conjunctivitis is due to an allergy or an infection? Dr Malcolm McKellar separates out the symptoms and offers some advice...

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ProbioticsThe wonders of Probiotics

They're tiny but oh, so important. Naturopath Rebekah Paddy, from Mother-Well Holistic Health, explains what probiotics are and how they can help with allergies....

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Summer StingsSummer Stings

More time spent enjoying the great outdoors can mean bee and wasp stings are an unwelcome part of summer. But for a small percentage of the population, a sting can be deadly – around 2–3 people die each year in New Zealand from insect sting reactions. Knowing what to do if someone has an allergic reaction could mean the difference between life and death...

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Ditch The ItchDitch the Itch

Itchy eyes are a common problem. In most cases the itch is mild and settles quickly but some people have severe or prolonged itching that requires treatment. Eye expert Dr Malcolm McKellar explains....

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ECZEMA - Scratchy KidsEczema - Scratchy kids

Eczema typically starts in the first six months of life and affects up to one in three infants. While there is no cure for eczema, it can be effectively treated...

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WINTER SKIN - MANAGING ECZEMAWINTER SKIN - MANAGING ECZEMA

Many allergic skin conditions can get worse in cold weather. People take hotter showers in winter, which dries out the skin. Skin tends to lose water through evaporation as well due to the difference between the inside and outside air temperatures...

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IS YOUR GLUTEN-FREE DIET HEALTHY?ALL ABOUT IMMUNOTHERAPY

The aim of immunotherapy is to retrain a person's immune system to tolerate specific allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or venom. Allergen-specific immunotherapy – also known as desensitisation treatment – involves giving a patient gradually increasing amounts of the allergen until their body learns to tolerate it. ...

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IS YOUR GLUTEN-FREE DIET HEALTHY?ASTHMA - SEVEN STEPS TO HELP YOU FEEL GOOD

Most people with asthma can lead a healthy active lifestyle when they manage their condition well. Teresa Demetriou, National Education Services Manager from the Asthma Foundation explains...

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Allergy DetectiveBE AN ALLERGY DETECTIVE

The arrival of warm weather brings spring allergy misery for many. We ask Dr James Chisnall about the best way to identify and treat seasonal allergic rhinitis....

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When Pets Make You SickDiagnosing Fragrance Allergy

If you think your eczema is caused by a fragrance allergy, it is important to get a confirmed diagnosis. We ask dermatologist Dr Ian Coutts about fragrance allergy and how it is identified and treated...

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Target Allergy Hot SpotsThe Fine Art of Pollen Forecasting

Hay fever affects about 20 per cent of Kiwis, many of whom rely on the met service’s daily pollen forecast to prepare their defences for the day ahead. We meet Dr David Fountain, the man behind the daily pollen forecast...

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Is it a cold or an allergy?Breakthrough In Search for the Cause of Eczema

Researchers have discovered a new kind of immune cell in the skin, which they think could cause eczema. Caroline Wood talks to Prof Graham le Gros about the significance of the discovery and how he believes it could lead to a future cure for allergic disease.

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How Anaphylaxis Got its Name

The word ‘anaphylaxis’ was coined over 100 years ago by a French scientist called Charles Richet. Caroline Wood delves into the history books.

AnaphylaxisThe phenomenon of anaphylaxis has been around since ancient times and was described in ancient Greek and Chinese medical literature. It is said that the first documented case was pharaoh Menes, who died in 2640 BC from a wasp sting

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