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.
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⇒ Dr Kim Robertson
Dr Kim Robertson is a specialist in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology who has been in private practice at The Wesley Hospital since 2013. Her professional areas of interest include the diagnosis and management of paediatric food and insect allergies, eczema and allergic rhinitis, as well as immunotherapy for environmental allergens. She performs diagnostic skin prick testing and offers both inpatient and outpatient oral food challenges at the Wesley Hospital. She sees patients from birth to 16 years of age, at the Wesley and at Greenslopes Hospital with Compass Immunology.
- Clinical Immunology and Allergy
- Paediatric Medicine
Phone: 07 3871 3224
⇒ Dr Martin Newman
Dr Martin Newman completed advanced physician training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Immunopathology Laboratory at Pathology Queensland. Since obtaining his Fellowship in Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Dr Newman also consults at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Compass Immunology Clinic.
- Allergy testing, diagnosis, treatment and management
- Immunodeficiency screening and management
⇒ Dr Alberto Pinzon Charry
Dr Alberto Pinzon Charry pecialises in the treatment and management of diseases in infants, children and adolescents that result from abnormalities of the immune system. This includes the treatment and management of:
- Allergic diseases
- Urticaria, angioedema and hereditary angioedema
- Immunodeficiency diseases
⇒ Dr Graham Solley
Dr Solley allergist brisbane – is a Immunology & Allergy Specialist based in Spring Hill, QLD, Australia.
- Immunology and Allergy
⇒ Dr Tahir Chaudhry
Dr Tahir Chaudhry is an experienced and fully qualified specialist in the field of Clinical Immunology and Allergy with specialist qualifications from the UK and Australia.
- Immunology and Allergy
⇒ Professor Pete Smith
Professor Pete Smith allergist brisbane – is a leading allergist in Australia. Pete commenced his medical studies at the University of Tasmania and went on to specialise in paediatrics in Adelaide, before completing his PhD in molecular immunology with Flinders University.
- Allergy, Allergy Testing, Anaphylaxis, Desensitisation Therapy
- Eosinophilic Oesophagitis, Food Allergy, Food Intolerance
- Neural Mechanisms of Inflammation
⇒ Dr Mariana Melo
Dr Mariana Melo specialises in paediatric allergist brisbane and clinical immunology. Mariana’s areas of interest are in the diagnosis and treatment of children and teenagers with allergies and immunological issues such as:
- Food Allergies And Intolerances, Drug Allergy
- Allergen Immunotherapy, Allergic Rhinitis
- Asthma, Immunodeficiency