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Welcome to Our Specialised Allergy Unit

We’re committed to finding the right treatments to change the lives of our patients and their families. If you’re struggling with allergies, give us a call or read further to find out how we can help you!

Services & Treatments
Diagnoses and treatments include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Allergic asthma
  • Bee venom allergies
  • Medication allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Aspirin-exacerbateted respiratory disease (Sampter’s triad)
  • Chronic spontaneous urticaria
  • Preservative allergies
  • FPIES and Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
  • Eczema
  • Salicylate allergies

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Dr Marinda McDonald

MBChB (Pret), Diploma in Allergy (SA), Certificate in Allergies (Southampton)

As the founder of The Allergy Clinic, Dr. McDonald has taken on the role of managing a specialized allergy unit. At her clinic, various diagnostic and treatment services are offered, including food and medication challenges, immunotherapy for inhalants and bee venom, and oral immunotherapy for food allergies, such as peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, and fish. This range of services underscores her dedication to providing comprehensive care for patients with allergies.

Dr. McDonald’s involvement in the field extends beyond her clinic. She serves as the elected chairperson of the Rhinitis working group, which is a subgroup of the Allergy Society of South Africa. Additionally, she contributes to the medical community as an examiner for the Diploma in Allergology offered by The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA).

Her expertise and reputation in the field have also led to her appointment as an advisory board member for EUFOREA, an organization likely involved in respiratory medicine and allergy management.

Furthermore, Dr. McDonald has made significant contributions through her media appearances, both on television and radio. These platforms allow her to share her clinical experience and expertise as an industry speaker, contributing to public awareness and understanding of allergies and their management.

Beyond her professional life, Dr. McDonald is an individual with a zest for life. She enjoys various outdoor activities, including running, hiking, and scuba diving. Her dedication to leading a fulfilling life is evident in her desire to spend quality time with her two teenage sons and her canine companions. Her passion for her work and her personal interests reflect her commitment to living life to the fullest.

Dr. McDonald’s ultimate vision is to provide world-class allergy management services to all her patients. She aspires to continuously grow as a clinician and values the sharing of knowledge with colleagues. This collaborative approach has led to the expansion and growth of The Allergy Clinic, with the notable addition of two colleagues, Dr. Megan Frampton and Dr. Francois Pilinois. Dr. McDonald’s greatest joy comes from witnessing how the right treatments can positively impact the lives of her patients and their families, underscoring her dedication to making a difference in the field of allergy care.

What You need to know about Allergies

Allergies can be classified between immunoglobulin-mediated (IgE) and non-IgE mediated categories.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Urticaria or skin rashes
  • Swelling of the lip and face
  • Throat closing, change of voice
  • Diarrhoeia or vomiting

These symptoms can be caused by food allergies, medication allergies or insect sting allergies, and if in isolation, shortness of breath and wheezing can be a sign of allergic asthma. 

If urticaria (also known as as wheels or hives) appear on your body for more than six weeks, it can be a sign of a condition named chronic spontaneous urticaria. Although it’s challenging to manage, chronic spontaneous urticaria has a variety of treatment models. 

  • Urticaria or hives
  • Eczema
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Food getting stuck in your throat (oesophagus) while eating

The symptoms listed above can be a sign of preservative allergy, medication allergy, food allergy, environmental allergy or an occupational allergy.

We believe if you understand your allergy, as well as your testing and treatment options, your quality of life can be significantly enhanced. Are you, or your loved one plagued by an allergy? Contact Us to set up a consultation.

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