“First study in humans of the value of killing a tick where it is, in preventing allergic reactions, now published in international journal. This study will change clinical practice world-wide.”

Dr Andrew Ratchford, Dr Benjamin Taylor and colleagues report research done at Mona Vale Hospital, which documents the success of the approach in use now for over a decade at Mona vale and Manly Hospitals (and now at Northern Beaches Hospital!).

This advice is also in keeping with the advice from the peak professional body in Australasia for Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA www.allergy.org.au), the Emergency Care Institute (an initiative of the Agency for Clinical Innovation) which provides online information to Emergency Departments throughout Australia (www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au) and the peak patient support body for those living with allergies- Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (www.allergyfacts.org.au) and TiARA (www. tiara.org.au) from 2013.

Janelle Williams