We all feel anxious at times. It can even help our performance in certain situations. The challenges of modern life, social media and even what we eat have been associated with increased feelings of anxiety. So when is feeling anxious part of the normal ups and downs of everyday living and when is it a health issue?Read More
Your body needs water to work properly, but it’s not always easy to know if you are drinking enough, especially in the summer months. Excessive sweating on hot days or when exercising vigorously can cause significant fluid loss. So while you may be drinking, it may not be enough.Read More
Did you know severe eczema may be a sign of food allergy in young babies? Food allergies usually occur soon after eating the food or within two hours. According to Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia, some babies can be sensitised to a food protein through breast milk or creams that contain food allergens such as nuts, oils, milk or egg.
The most serious symptoms of food allergy (anaphylaxis) are breathing difficulties and/or a sudden drop in blood pressure. Your infant may appear pale and floppy. This severe reaction can be life threatening. Follow emergency procedures (scroll down to see what to do in an emergency) then dial 000 immediately for an ambulance.
With childhood allergy rapidly on the rise in Australia, managing allergies and making the right decision in an emergency can be a challenge for parents, grandparents, babysitters, teachers and other carers.
It’s estimated 40 per cent of children will be affected by some kind of allergy. Currently there is no cure for allergies, and research is now aimed at finding ways to prevent allergies from developing.
This year’s improved flu vaccination is now available at clinic. We encourage you to take advantage of our convenient flu vaccination clinics. Please contact us on 5422 2877 to book a time. Should you wish to discuss health-related vaccination issues before having your vaccination, please book to see your GP.Read More
Confusion often arises because the symptoms of food intolerances and allergies can appear similar when mild or moderate. While symptoms of food intolerances may be unpleasant or debilitating, the immune system is not involved in food intolerances and therefore there is no chance of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).Read More
With popular medical TV shows putting the spotlight on the link between our gut health and physical and mental wellbeing, even usually polite conversation is venturing to previously unmentionable areas: poo, bowels, faecal transplants, farting, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and cramping.Read More
To help you achieve your health goals this year, in this issue of Health e-News we have interviewed local experts in fitness, mental health and smoking cessation about why it's so hard to keep New Year's resolutions. They have generously shared their top tips for success.Read More
Thunderstorm asthma occurs when there is a combination of a high rye grass pollen count and particular thunderstorm conditions. Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events, where many people develop asthma symptoms over a short space of time, are uncommon. Whole grass-pollen grains are usually too large to enter lung airways but can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, causing hay fever. Winds created in certain thunderstorms concentrate grass pollens at ground level. Some pollens burst open releasing tiny particles (allergens) small enough to be inhaled deep into the lungs. These allergens can trigger asthma symptoms such as wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events don’t happen every year, but can occur during grass pollen season, typically October to December.Read More
If you suddenly became seriously ill and were unable to communicate, would your family and doctors know what care or medical intervention you wanted? Would your loved ones argue and fallout over what they believed to be your wishes? Who would you want to speak on your behalf and what would you want them to say?Read More
Feeling tired and irritable? Then you may be one of the many Australians in the grip of a national sleep deprivation epidemic, according to the Sleep Heath Foundation. Newly published results from a national survey last year found a third to almost half of adults sleep poorly or not long enough most nights.Read More
Flu season is a time of sharing (germs) and caring. If you’ve ever had seasonal influenza, you certainly wouldn’t want it again - or want to share it with friends and family. That’s where the caring bit comes in. Having an annual flu shot is your best protection against weeks of illness and recovery with the virus. Plus, by being vaccinated you may be saving the lives of others in your community. 2017 vaccines are available at Campaspe Family Practice now.Read More
Sunburn for some is as Aussie as budgie smugglers and Vegemite sangers. If you spent the summer holidays largely outdoors enjoying barbecues, lazy days at the beach or pool, watching sport, or gardening, you probably experienced some degree of sunburn. January is a peak time for extreme sunburn. Last month SunSmart reported a record number of Victorians had attended public hospital emergency departments with severe sunburn in 2017. Most of the 355 people treated were children and people in their 20s. With school starting for the year, it’s no time for complacency.Read More