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Pharmacists improving management of allergies

First published on Australian Pharmacist – May 9th, 2018


ommunity pharmacists are well-placed to help people with hypersensitive airways, according to allergist and APP18 presenter Dr Jessica Tattersall.

Australia has some of the highest rates of allergy in the world, with 1 in 5 affected with some form such as food allergy, eczema or allergic rhinitis. As many are unaware of their condition, the rate is probably closer to 1 in 4 people, said Dr Tattersall.

Presenting at Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP18) last week, she said community pharmacists can advise people on the correct treatment to control their symptoms of hypersensitive airways, as many sufferers can dismiss key information crucial to differentiating a sinus problem from an allergy.

The best place to start questioning is when people ask for the cold and flu medication.