Welcome

Welcome to AusAllergy.

Run entirely by volunteers we may be monetizing this website in the future to defray any hosting costs. This is not a one-stop-shop for all your allergy and intolerance needs but rather a springboard to other support networks. The main part of our work here is a user run database of reviews of restaurants that have dealt well with your request for allergy or intolerance friendly food. Should you have had a negative experience we’re happy to have your review but we reserve the right talk to the restaurant to see what opportunities there are for education before we allow it to go live.

Use the search function to search for restaurants, cafes and takeaway shops that cater for different dietary requirements in your area today.

Allergy

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is caused when a person’s immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. It is possible to be allergic to a wide range of things both individually and collectively.

Common Symptoms

Some common symptoms of an allergy are hives, rashes and everything closing up. Hives and rashes are easy to see but when everything closes up it is very challenging to breathe and you will need medical attention.

Diagnosis

This can be done using a skin test or a blood test, it is performed by a specialist. In Australia you will need to see your GP for a referral, allergists are in short supply so you may need to wait several months for an appointment. If you’re thinking of specialising as an allergist you shouldn’t lack for patients.

Treatments

Treatments vary but can be as simple as smoothing on a little cortisone cream to as drastic as a shot of adrenalin. Neither of these are over the counter treatments you will need medical help for them. There are other treatments depending on the type of allergy you have. Hayfever can be treated in several different ways with many over the counter treatments available. There is scope for natural therapy with some allergies but it is recommended life threatening ones such as anaphylaxis be treated by an allergist.

Intolerances

Intolerances are tricky things, you might go for many years without a problem and then suddenly develop one or more of them. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a solution, everyone has to take the guidelines provided by the research and experiment to find what fits their body the best. There is no magic medication that suddenly makes you well again, it is a long hard slog adjusting your diet and educating yourself and family and friends, there is no guarantee you will ever enjoy a normal diet again.

Symptoms

Bloating, gas, abnormal bowel movements either diarrhea or constipation, stomach pain, skin problems and so many more.

Diagnosis

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms the first thing you should do is keep a diary for a week or two including the symptoms and what you’ve eaten. Be very specific with noting the food including the minor ingredients. Then go to your doctor and talk to them. There are a number of medical conditions that could cause any of these and they need to be discussed with your GP.

Diagnosis of intolerances is made by administering a breath test. This is a fairly easy test, the hardest part is the strict diet needed to be followed the day before. Take a book or something else to do as you’ll have a lot of time sitting doing nothing in between breathing into the device.

Surviving

Visit a dietitican and discuss with them your needs for as full a diet as possible then follow the diet. Join a user group, there are several around and they will give you plenty of advice and encouragement. In due course there will be a page of links on this website.

Be aware your body may not absorb vitamins and minerals properly so you may need to take vitamins.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is actually an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine as opposed to an allergy or intolerance. We’ve included it on this website as the treatment is the same…follow the diet. People with coeliac disease are also found to have an intolerance to wheat.

People that have coeliac disease, who don’t follow the diet can end up with severe health issues later in life. Bowel problems including cancer can occur. Following a strict gluten and wheat free diet is the only prescription.

Diagnosis

Generally, this is done via a blood test and then a biopsy following symptoms such as chronic diarrhoea, failure to thrive in infants and fatigue but may include other symptoms. For example: migraines, stomach pain, restless legs, mouth ulcers, bloating, tooth decay and depression.