World Allergy Week is a global campaign of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) which aims to raise awareness of the impact of allergy in our communities.

Among the ten Fast Facts identified by the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australia (AIFA), three facts stand out:

1.       Allergy and other immune diseases (immunodeficiency and autoimmune diseases) are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australasia.

2.       Almost 20% of Australians and New Zealanders have an allergic disease, and this prevalence is increasing.

3.       There is a lack of public awareness about the impact and appropriate management of allergy and immune diseases.

During World Allergy Week (2-8 April), the World Allergy Organization (WAO) aims to address the need for greater awareness and understanding of allergy topics. The focus this year is on exchanging ideas and collaborating to address treatment and quality-of-life issues related to the care of patients with urticaria. This years' theme is 'The Agony of Hives – What to do when hives and swelling don't go away'.

Urticaria (also called hives) is a skin rash of round, red weals that itch intensely, sometimes with dangerous swelling. Urticaria can be caused by an allergic reaction, which can result from ingesting a food or a medication, or from contact with an animal or a chemical product or other sensitizing agent such as latex, or from bites or stings.

AIFA suggests that access to care is difficult, even in metropolitan areas, due to the high number of patients and low number of appropriately trained health care professionals, resulting in long waiting times to see a specialist. However, a number of allergy specialists are in practice on the Sunshine Coast, located in various suburbs including Warana, Chancellor Park, Maroochydore, Cotton Tree, Buderim, Nambour and Noosa.

The signs, symptoms and treatment of allergic reactions form part of the Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) courses provided by Allens Training on the Sunshine Coast.

Allens Training also offers a range of First Aid Charts that are FREE for you to download, including an anaphylaxis chart, and an asthma chart.  

First aid and CPR courses can be booked by visiting our website and booking online, or by calling our Sunshine Coast office on 5438 8888.

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