What is an allergy?
An allergy is an acquired, immunologically caused, specific hypersensitivity to foreign substances. An allergy occurs after repeated contact with the allergenic substance and is based on a reaction of the body’s own defense system. Pollen, food or other substances that are brought into the body through inhalation or through the skin are foreign substances that are also known as antigens or allergens. The body forms specific antibodies against these substances. With a corresponding hereditary predisposition and renewed contact with the substance concerned (the allergen), an allergic reaction can occur.
An allergy is based on a malfunction of the immune system. While the immune system of our body normally only reacts to harmful pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, the hypersensitive immune system of an allergy sufferer defends itself against naturally harmless substances from nature and the environment (e.g. components of plant pollen or house dust mites). Even in very small quantities, these so-called allergens can cause allergic reactions. Itchy, watery, burning eyes, a runny, blocked or itchy nose, the urge to sneeze, difficulty breathing and a rash are common allergy symptoms .
How does an allergic reaction occur?
However, the pollen allergy sufferer ‘s eyes do not water at the first allergen contact , the house dust mite allergy sufferer ‘s nose itches or the insect venom allergy sufferer reacts to a wasp sting with severe wheals. The patient will feel symptoms at the earliest when the second allergen contact occurs . Because the defense substances that ultimately lead to the allergic reaction, the IgE antibodies, are only formed by the body after the first allergen contact. This immunization process is called sensitization. If a sensitized allergy patient comes into contact with the specific allergen again, the allergens bind to the IgE antibodies and inflammatory processes similar to an infection are triggered in the body. The released histamine and other messenger substances attack the skin and mucous membranes. For those affected, this immune reaction or IgE reaction manifests itself, for example, as a cold, in the form of watery, burning eyes or, in the case of food allergies, as stomach pain.
If you find yourself to be in a situation where finding the best Adelaide allergist gets difficult, then we are here to help you out with this. Below is a list of the top allergist Adelaide. To help you find the best allergist Adelaide located near to you, we put together our own list based on patient reviews.
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⇒ Dr Adriana Le
Dr Adriana Le graduated MBBS from the University of Adelaide in 2009. Dr Le achieved FRACP in 2018. In 2019 she became a Consultant in Clinical Immunology/Allergy at the RAH after achieving specialist recognition as an immunologist and allergist. Dr Le is passionate about helping patients with allergic and other immune disorders. Dr Le is keen to provide the Adelaide Hills and other South Australian regional communities with access to Clinical Immunology/Allergy consultations.
- allergic and other immune disorders
Phone: 08 8406 7736
⇒ Dr Caroline Foreman
Dr Caroline Foreman studied medicine at Flinders University, obtaining her medical degree in 2008. Prior to medicine, Caroline studied Science and Japanese at the University of Adelaide. After completing her internship and physician training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), Caroline was accepted into Adult Immunology and Allergy specialist training at Flinders. Caroline completed her specialist training and was admitted as a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2017.
- Anaphylaxis to foods, insect venom, drugs
- Chronic or acute urticaria, Angioedema
- Drug allergy, Primary immunodeficiencies
⇒ Dr Henning Johannsen
Dr Henning Johannsen paediatric allergist adelaide – has been working in Paediatric Medicine since 2003. He has trained and worked at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, The Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth and the Charité in Berlin, Germany, a leading hospital in Europe, well known for its advances in Paediatric Medicine and Paediatric Allergy and Immunology.
- skin prick testing
⇒ Prof Michael Gold
Dr Michael Gold allergist adelaide – is an Australian-based health professional. Michael is trained as a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist and has a practice located in Beulah Park.
- Food allergy and anaphylaxis
- idiopathic anaphylaxis
- insect sting anaphylaxis, eczema
⇒ Dr Frank Kette
⇒ Dr Billy Tao
Dr Billy Tao is a paediatric allergist with special interest in the treatment of peanut and tree nut allergies. Dr Billy Tao is an Australian-based health professional. Billy is trained as a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist and has a practice located in Beulah Park.
- Allergy diagnosis and reactions for children
⇒ Dr Tiffany Hughes
Dr Tiffany Hughes has extensive consultant hospital experience in the management of allergic and immunologic diseases. She trained in Adelaide, Perth and Oxford and as a consultant has worked in the Perth and Adelaide teaching hospitals. From her time working at Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth she has paediatric experience, as well as her current predominantly adult practice.
- Autoimmune disease and successful transition care
- management of allergic and immunologic diseases
⇒ Dr William Smith
Dr William Smith allergist adelaide – is an Australian-based health professional. William is trained as an Allergy Specialist & Immunologist and has a practice located in Beulah Park.
- Allergy & Immunology