Patients with penicillin allergies are dealing with personal and public health challenges– not to mention significant financial implications. When needed, these patients receive more broadspectrum antibiotics, placing them at risk for developing resistant bacteria such as the superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
“Waar ‘n pasiënt in die verlede dalk ‘n paar weke lank ‘n vinnige seisoenale hooikoors gehad het, kan dit nou maande aanhou,” beaam dr. Marinda McDonald van die Allergy Clinic in Randburg, Johannesburg.
Amid the chaos surrounding the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to take stock of the people and things that carry us through this difficult time. In this more personal blog post, the Allergy Clinic’s Dr Marinda McDonald shares some of her learnings and experiences over the last couple of weeks.
People with asthma should always be vigilant and take precautions when respiratory illnesses spread in their communities. And while there is very little evidence of the COVID-19 Coronavirus causing asthma episodes, it’s important to to avoid contracting the virus by taking extra measures above the standard hygiene, hand-washing and social distancing protocol. If you’re suffering from asthma, the following plan of action you navigate this challenging time.
There are three factors to understand before choosing an emollient for your skin. Eczema is a chronic condition that requires pro-active management and treatment – it cannot be cured. If you’re suffering from this condition, your approach needs to be one of controlling it instead of looking for a miracle cream.
In this blog post, I will answer the most common questions I get from new parents introducing their babies to solids and possible allergens.
Sarah was a care-free, happy six-year-old who enjoyed playing outdoors and swimming with her brother. One of these care-free moments were cut short when Sarah was stung by a bee at her brother’s school fete. Her hand was swollen and Read more…
If you’re suffering from allergies, you might also be facing the possibility of your holiday turning into a nightmare. This is because food allergies pose a real risk when we are travelling and rely on others for our meals.
It’s essential to draw a clear distinction between people who genuinely need gluten-free products to stay alive, and those who not.
Allergy Clinic founder dr. Marinda McDonald recently appeared on Carte Blanche to share her thoughts and expertise about gluten intolerance and the dangers of gluten exposure for patients with coeliac disease.
Finding out your child has an allergy can be an overwhelming experience. Not only do you have to manage them from a medical perspective, but there is that constant tug, that worry, that need to protect.
The recipe I chose was published in the most reputable allergy journal by an expert in the field whom I greatly admire. I was confident that if she can bake six cupcakes, so can I. What could possibly go wrong? Were the cupcakes going to be as hard as rocks? Inedible? I was willing to bake, fail, repeat until I got it right.
Air pollution is a reality most of us face daily. And while we all know it’s harmful to the environment and contributes to global warming, it also is essential to take note of how it affects people with allergies.
Many people tend to confuse allergies with some of the common side-effects associated with flu shots. That’s why, when it comes to how your body might respond to a flu shot, it’s essential to draw a distinction.
Athletes with asthma can continue to stay competitive despite their asthma – from a physical and regulatory point of view – provided they seek the appropriate treatment.
Bullying is a universal phenomenon and must be dealt with a solid plan of action. But when a child is being food bullied, the response needs to be swift and decisive.
Food allergies can’t be cured, and it’s essential to have a proper medical diagnosis to confirm your food allergy because you might not be allergic at all.
For most of us, a bee sting is likely to lead to temporary pain and discomfort. But if you’re allergic to bee venom, a sting can be very dangerous – and you might not even know that you’re allergic.
Particular environmental allergies follow specific patterns and understanding what is causing your symptoms will enable you to manage your allergies better.
Parents need to monitor infants who suffer from cow’s milk allergy constantly. The management of this allergy in infants needs to be a long-term strategy given the risk of poor nutrition and reduced quality of life.
While allergies are most common in children, they can appear at any time and any age. Sometimes allergies disappear, only to return years later. Listen to the podcast of Relebogile Mabotja’s interview with dr McDonald to find out more about diagnosing and treating allergies.