allergies

Can You Actually Prevent Hay Fever?

Can You Actually Prevent Hay Fever?

It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung, the flowers are fresh and the bees are having the time of their lives. You know who’s not having the time of their life, though? People with hay fever. Nearly 1 in 5 (or 4.6 million) Australians experienced hay fever in…

Your Child May Not Actually Be Allergic to Penicillin

Your Child May Not Actually Be Allergic to Penicillin

It’s a fairly common scenario — an infant or young child develops an ear infection or strep throat. Their paediatrician prescribes a penicillin antibiotic. The child later develops a symptom — a rash, an upset stomach or a headache — and a doctor declares them “allergic to penicillin.” From then…

Don’t Be A Dick About Other People’s Food Allergies

Don’t Be A Dick About Other People’s Food Allergies

In this week’s truly heinous edition of Ask Polly, the letter writer casually describes what amounts to multiple attempts on her life by her in-laws. Not only do they refuse to acknowledge her deadly mushroom allergy, they seem to take pleasure in serving them every time she’s over for dinner….