Allergy never misses its appointment with spring

Not everyone is pleased in the same way with the arrival of spring, as is often the case each year. As a case in point, and according to data from the President of ASCIA, Clinical Associate Professor (A/Prof) Richard Loh, said allergic disease – including asthma – affects almost 20% of Australians and New Zealanders, and this is rapidly increasing in young children, particularly food allergy.*

In addition to rhinitis (frequent sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion), there are other symptoms with pollen allergies: Conjunctivitis burning eyes abundant tears conjunctival irritation swelling Asthma dyspnea (fatigue) wheezy chest coughing Looking towards the future According to forecasts, the effects of climate change will increase the production of pollen in the coming decades. This increase will inevitably affect all those patients who suffer hay fever today and in the future, as the age range of allergies is widening, even affecting patients 70 years of age. Fortunately, recent research findings and medical advances in symptomatic treatment are encouraging. According to Beltvitge Hospital (Barcelona), 80% of pollen allergies could be cured by immunotherapy Read more

Keys to understanding analytics

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As patients, most of us have an unresolved issue with respect to our health, namely understanding the results of our blood tests.

That is why, at Best Doctors, we want to provide some guidelines that will help us understand what all those medical terms mean and the values that each of them present. They will allow us to have a better knowledge on how to read our body’s warning signs.

Our point-by-point analysis Haemogram (complete blood count) Erythrocytes (red blood cells): normal levels: 3.8-5.4 x 106/uL, taking into account that (1,000 uL = 1 ml) High level: respiratory failure, altitude or smoking. Low level: may be a symptom of anaemia Leukocytes (white blood cells): 4,500-10,600/ml They defend us against infections. High level: may result from the use of drugs such as heparin, as well as some infections Low level: some/certain antibiotics Hemoglobin: 12 to 16 gm/dL Protein in our red blood cells that sets oxygen and carbon dioxide to move through the bloodstream. Their values are associated with those of the red cells. MCV: Mean Corpuscular Volume: 80-97 fl. (Size of Read more