Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Here at QLD Allergy we take patient health and safety very seriously we ask that if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, have fever, runny nose or cough or if you have had contact with a known patient with COVID-19 in the last week we ask you contact us to reschedule your appointment. If you deem that at this time your appointment is non essential please considering putting your appointment off. We are following all the Government directives to ensure our wait room doesnt get too crowded. Please ask extra family members to also remain at home if they are not essential to the consultation. For a child's appointment please only one adult attend and for an adult appointment please come on your own or leave other family members in the car to wait. Please call to discuss if you have any concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please see below some helpful information:
For All Patients with allergies
Viral infections are often more severe if you have allergies and they last longer (viral inflammation on top of allergic inflammation)
We would have given you a plan for optimal treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma
Use your nasal spray at least daily
If on an asthma preventer - take this regularly to ensure stability.
Make sure you have an escalation plan for your preventer/reliever medication rather than use oral steroids
For patients wit mast cell disease / urticaria
Data suggests mast cells are involved in the host response to Coronavirus
Mast cell stabilisers are going to be helpful - you may need to increase these if unwell.
For All Patients
Note that about 40% of patients do not have symptoms with COVID-19
Have the flu shot when available - as secondary infection is where most deaths occur from
If on blood pressure medications - see you doctor if you are on an ACE inhibitor or an ARB
Ensure your diabetes is well controlled
Avoid aspirin, NSIADs and cold and flu medications with NSAIDs if unwell
Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands
Take self isolation seriously - up to 80% of cases in Korea can be traced back to patient 31 who did not self isolate.
Avoid elderly contact if you have symptoms and are uncertain