We believe that allergies can and should be identified and managed.
Welcome To the Allergy & Asthma Clinic
Our passion is to help you live a normal healthy life
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We believe that all our patients should lead a normal healthy life, free of limitations! Children and adults should be able to participate in sporting activities without feeling breathless and sleep well without gasping for air or having to scratch an itching skin!
Clinic situated in the beautiful Garden Route
The Asthma and Allergy Clinic based in Heatherlands, George is an integrative health service providing specialized comprehensive care to patients of all ages with asthma and allergies. Our main goal is to improve symptoms, decrease functional impairment and increase activity levels. You will get all the information you need about your condition and how to manage allergies and symptoms.
Why monitor pollen?
Pollen allergy sufferers – particularly asthmatics –
See this week's Pollen Count Figures
should take action when counts are RED.
Outdoor activities should be limited and medications used.
AFSA will strive to save lives, to enhance the quality of life and to reduce the cost of healthcare in South Africans suffering from allergic disorders and primary immune deficiencies.Find out more about AFSA
Please do not come to the clinic if you have recently been exposed, have a fever, dry cough or are feeling unwell. Rather stay home. Please call the clinic to set up a telephonic conversation so we can do a risk assessment and plan for testing.
All enquiries about your specific management will be responded to.
Please visit the South African government’s main Covid-19 page for more information about the virus and lockdown:sacoronavirus.co.za
This year the topic is: Anaphylaxis: Be aware, Be Prepared and Save lives. We became accustomed to our president talking about COVID-19 and the importance of saving lives and livelihood. I want to add to this - saving lives of allergic patients and protecting their liveliness. Patients that had an anaphylactic reaction often live in fear to go out and eat at a restaurant friend’s house. Parents of these children will not allow them to attend birthday parties or participate in events away from their known environment. This is why we need to investigate patients to identify the culprit causing the reaction. If bee venom was the cause, the patient can be effectively desensitised. Adrenalin and a treatment plan need to be available and at hand.
For many years we advised mothers of new-born babies and from an allergic family, to
only start feeding the baby solids at 6 months of age. They were also advised to
avoid allergenic foods like egg, peanut, and fish even up to 9 and 12 months.
New research changed this perception, and we now know that exposing infants earlier to foods in their diet might be protective. Solids should be introduced at 4 months of age while still breastfeeding, as breast is best! or on formular milk. Allergenic foods like peanut should be introduced early and mothers need to consult with a dietician or doctor about this.
An asthmatic patient usually has a reliever inhaler nearby to use in case of an acute
asthma exacerbation. It used to be short acting ß-agonist that acts fast. The
guidelines changed a year ago due to overwhelming data that showed the danger of
overusing that kind of inhaler too frequently. It is perceived to be safe by the
patients since it is available over the counter.
If you still are following old ways of short acting ß-agonist usage, please consult with your medical practitioner to get a new treatment plan. If you need to use any reliever more than three times a week, your asthma is not controlled, and your controlled treatment needs to be adjusted. This is a process, just as a Diabetic patient needs to adjust their treatment regularly.
Allergy testing and the interpretation of these tests have changed over the years as we gain more insight in allergic conditions and the way the immune response reacts to allergens. Many people, especially children, are advised to avoid wheat from their diets due to a seemingly positive blood test or skin prick test for wheat. This might be due to a false positive reaction because the patient is grass allergic. Grass allergy is quite common in our sunny South Africa with long pollen seasons. The proteins that elicit a reaction when allergic to grass, also is present in the test for wheat. We have new levels that we take into consideration when interpreting tests results to avoid confusion. Blood tests to distinguish between cross-reaction of true allergy, is available.