Geelong Medical & Health Group News

Here’s How To Tell The Difference Between a Cold and Allergies

April 2 2019

Sniffling. Sneezing. Headache. A scratchy throat. Yup, sounds like you definitely have a cold. Or wait – is it your allergies acting up? This time of year, the source of your symptoms can be tough to suss out. “It’s not always easy to tell the difference between allergies and a cold,” notes family medicine specialist...

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Why Am I So Itchy?

March 12 2019

Itch, scratch, itch, scratch – toss, turn – repeat. Itchy skin can be maddening – especially when it keeps you awake at night. A number of my patients tell me with a straight face that they’d rather experience chronic pain than the never-ending, sleep-sabotaging misery of unrelenting itch. But unlike pain, which triggers us to withdraw...

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5 Causes of Hives You Wouldn’t Expect

December 3 2018

Breaking out in hives is the worst: your skin itches all over, you’re covered in unsightly red welts, and, as if that weren’t bad enough, it’s not always clear what might have triggered them. What we do know: hives, also known as urticaria, can appear anywhere on the body, including your face, torso, arms, legs, and even inside...

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5 Reasons Your Allergies Are Worse at Night

April 18 2018

Like clockwork, your seasonal allergies are back. As if a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes weren’t bad enough, your allergy symptoms might also make it nearly impossible to sleep. “Allergy symptoms actually can get worse at night,” says Dr Purvi Parikh, an allergist and immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Network and Allergy & Asthma Associates of Murray...

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Reasons Your Pain Won’t Go Away

February 9 2018

What you don’t know is hurting you. Here are the main key takeaways to consider when you’re trying to figure out why your pain just won’t go away. 1. Inflammation, part of the normal repair process, may have gone awry Cytokines are chemical messengers secreted by the body. They have effects ranging from inciting nerve...

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How To Tell If You’re Sensitive To Dairy

December 11 2017

Dairy is a phenomenal source of protein and calcium, which means incorporating it into your diet on a regular basis is great for building and maintaining muscles, as well as keeping your bones and teeth strong. However, for some people, the consumption of dairy is something that can cause much distress! It’s only a sign...

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6 Ways To Combat Hay Fever

October 11 2017

It’s Spring! The mornings are warmer, the days are longer, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming, but it’s also the time of year for allergic rhinitis or what is commonly known as hay fever. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis hit most hard during spring and summer as the air becomes filled with...

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