Understanding severe allergies: where to learn more
There is a lot to learn about severe allergies. Whether you have them yourself or someone close to you has one, understanding how to manage the allergy – or being understanding for your friend/family member – will make it a lot easier to live with. Below are a selection of sources of reliable information. You should be aware that some information on the internet can be misleading or even not accurate. So make sure you verify the source of any information you read and always refer to your doctor for advice.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) A&AA is a national charity that supports people with allergic diseases including food allergy. The charity that was launched more than 20 years ago also works with the food industry, government, schools and any individual or organisation needing to manage food allergy. You can contact A&AA via their national support phone line 1300 728 000 or via email email@example.com
They have two websites with loads of information and resources you can purchase or order online. A&AA has a national office in Sydney and a Medical Advisory Board that reviews medical content. See www.allergyfacts.org.au and www.foodallergyaware.com.au
A&AA Facebook A&AA has a very active Facebook page that helps increase awareness and even educate people on management and emergency treatment. Topical and important management issues are discussed as part of community education. https://www.facebook.com/AnaphylaxisAustralia
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) ASCIA was first established in 1990 as the peak professional medical organisation for allergy and clinical immunology in Australia and New Zealand.
ASCIA members include specialist allergy and immunology physicians, other medical practitioners, scientists and allied health professionals (mainly nurses and dietitians) who work in the areas of allergy and immunology.
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This article has been produced in collaboration with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and Alphapharm Pty Ltd (trading as Mylan Australia) in the interest of anaphylaxis education