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Hay Fever and Seasonal Allergies in Bloom

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Around 18% of Australians and New Zealanders are affected by allergic rhinitis (or hay fever), which can be triggered by the increase of pollen in the air. As well as through exposure to pollen, allergic rhinitis symptoms can also be caused by dust mites, household pets and mould growth.

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As Springtime begins, it is important for health professionals to consider the care that may be required for conditions relevant to or anticipated for the season. Seasonal allergies are expected to affect many Australians in spring. Allergic rhinitis (or hay fever) and asthma can be triggered by the increase of pollen in the air. Birds, bees and even the wind spread pollen grains over distances. Most allergy-causing pollen is airborne pollen from northern hemisphere grasses, trees and weeds. Interestingly, Australian native plants are less allergenic than some pasture grasses and exotic trees. Other than through exposure to pollen, allergic rhinitis symptoms can also be caused by dust mites, household pets and mould growth.

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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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16 Feb 2021
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Julie Angwin
12 Dec 2020
short and sweet guide which has the potential to make significant difference in optimising patient wellness.
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Alicia MOSS
21 Dec 2020
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Reya James
08 Jan 2021
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Marilyn CAMACHO
09 Jan 2021
This article provides additional learnings that I can refer to and give better patient care.
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Mikayla Nelson
11 May 2021
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Amanda Kroger
16 Dec 2020
It was easy to understand. I could follow the information and put into practice.
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CAHITY LARNESWOOD
02 Jan 2021
Knowledgeable and capable of advising people with allergies not to do certain things.
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Barbara Weber
13 Nov 2021
It made me realise just how common it is and the best treatment to advise
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