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Your Healthy Diet

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great...

Exercise & Fitness

Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but for too long we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.

Sleeping Well

We spend a third of our lives doing it. Napoleon, Florence Nightingale and Margaret Thatcher got by on four hours a night. Thomas Edison claimed it was waste of time...

Allergies

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is the response of the body's immune system to normally harmless substances, such as pollens, foods, and house dust mite. Whilst in most people these substances (allergens) pose no problem, in allergic individuals their immune system identifies them as a ‘threat’ and produces an inappropriate response.

The Allergic Response

Any substance that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen.

Some of the most common allergens include:

  • grass and tree pollen (hay fever)
  • dust mites
  • animal dander (tiny flakes of skin or hair)
  • food allergy ( particularly fruits, shellfish and nuts)

An allergy develops when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen as though it is a threat, like an infection. It produces antibodies to fight off the allergen, in a reaction called the "immune response". The next time a person comes into contact with the allergen, the body "remembers" the previous exposure and produces more of the antibodies. This causes the release of chemicals in the body that lead to an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of an allergy can include sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, skin rashes and swelling.

The nature of the symptoms depend on the allergen. For example, you may experience problems with your airways if you breathe in pollen.

Where To Get Help

KB Occupational Health work in collaboration with Spencer Private Hospitals and their newly opened Allergy Clinic and would be pleased to assist you with the initial contact. Further information about the clinic can be found on the Spencer Private Hospitals Allergy site.

Back Care

Most people at some time in their life will experience back pain. Most cases of back pain are not caused by serious damage or disease but by minor sprains, strains or injuries, or a pinched or irritated nerve.

Mental Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental wellbeing can change, from day to day, month to month, year to year...

Smoking

Nearly every day a report on the harmful effects of smoking can be found somewhere in the press, on the radio or television. Research has firmly established the connection between smoking and...
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