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123646 - check, Unit 547, Allergies, March 2018

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The prevalence of allergies has been increasing rapidly in recent decades and this trend is expected to continue over the next few decades. Currently, about 20% (4.1 million) of the Australian population has at least one allergic disease.1 Over the next thirty years, the number of people affected by allergies is predicted to increase to almost 8 million.1 A key concern for people with allergies the risk of anaphylaxis. Indeed, hospital admissions for anaphylaxis have increased fourfold in the past two decades.1 
Allergic diseases most commonly have an onset in childhood and adolescence but can persist into adulthood.1 In Australia, about 10% of infants have a food allergy and 18% of people have allergic rhinitis.1–3 People with allergic rhinitis are at an increased risk of developing asthma. Allergic reactions to drugs are also a major health concern, particularly as there has been a substantial increase in deaths due to drug-induced anaphylaxis in Australia.4 
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Learning outcomes
  • Describe the approach to assessment of food-related allergy symptoms
  • Differentiate between true drug allergies and non-allergic reactions
  • Discuss the assessment and management of mouth-breathing
  • Summarise the approach to managing asthma secondary to an allergen trigger
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    123646 - check, Unit 547, Allergies, March 2018
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