We offer consultations with our doctors who specialise in:

Immunotherapy

Allergies to substances present in the air contribute to asthma and allergic rhinitis (hayfever). Important allergens include house dust mite, pollens, mould and animal dander. When it comes to managing asthma and rhinitis, testing for allergic sensitisation has an important role. Beyond the clinical assessment testing can be performed on blood (RAST or specific IgE testing) and with skin prick testing (SPT).

Rye grass allergy was responsible for the epidemic of acute asthma that affected thousands of people across Melbourne during the thunderstorm event of November 21, 2016. The weather conditions on that particular evening resulted in large numbers of tiny rye grass particles penetrating to the lower airways. Under normal conditions larger rye grass particles are filtered by the nose. Rye grass allergy is very common, even in the absence of a history of asthma.

The principles of managing allergies to inhaled aeroallergens include avoidance (where possible) and/or consideration of immunotherapy (desensitisation treatment). Immunotherapy may be delivered by subcutaneous injections or by sublingual tablets.

Sublingual immunotherapy for house dust mite allergy now has a formal place in the National Asthma Council guidelines

Sublingual immunotherapy is available for grass pollens (including rye grass) as well as house dust mite allergies.

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We take a patient-centered approach to medical care with the aim of empowering his patients to achieve better sleep and optimal long-term health outcomes.

Dr Adrian Chazan

MBBS MELB FRACP

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Dr Chazan is a Respiratory & Sleep Physician, and General Physician. Born in Melbourne, he undertook his basic medical training at the University of Melbourne. With a passion for sleep and breathing, he trained at world-renowned centres of excellence in Melbourne and Sydney, including Westmead Hospital, the Alfred Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. Adrian has been involved in research activities in the fields of sleep apnoea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and exercise physiology.

Adrian utilises the latest findings in sleep research as well as the emerging technologies in diagnosis and treatment. He takes a patient-centered approach to medical care with the aim of empowering his patients to achieve better sleep and optimal long-term health outcomes.

Dr Rajiv Sharma

MBBS MD FRACP

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Dr Sharma completed his basic physician training in St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. Subsequently he trained in Respiratory Medicine at The Canberra Hospital and Sleep Medicine at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Prior to relocating to Melbourne, he worked as a full time Respiratory & Sleep Medicine staff specialist at Townsville Hospital. Rajiv enjoys managing all aspects of Respiratory and Sleep disorders including Asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, chronic cough, lung nodules, sleep apnoea, hypersomnolence, restless legs syndrome and other non-respiratory sleep disorders.

He also has a special interest in interventional pulmonology (bronchoscopic techniques). Dr Sharma also has keen interest and experience in medical education and research and has been involved in these areas for a number of years.

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