Dr. Sam Hay

Sam is a practicing Australian GP and can regularly be seen throughout the media. Sam has hosted Amazing Medical Stories on Channel Nine, and was one of the charismatic presenters of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under.  He regularly writes for popular parenting resource kidspot.com.au, and is the resident doctor for The Today Show on Sundays and the Kyle and Jackie O radio show on KIIS

A former Senior Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Dr Sam has been working in general practice since 2005 and is currently a partner in one of Sydney’s most successful GP practices, Your Doctors™. Sam has also appeared as a medical expert on Studio 10 as well as on radio stations Sea FM and Triple M.
 
Dr Sam is also a self-confessed health and fitness advocate who can be found in the gym or the surf.

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    What is Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS)?

    We’re all familiar with the ‘2&5’ rule, not to mention the popular raw food movement. For many Aussies however, enjoying raw fruit and veg simply isn’t an option. Enter ‘Oral Allergy Syndrome’, or OAS to its friends. A relatively common condition which causes a range of different reactions from tingling tongues, itchy throats and swollen lips to more serious consequences like vomiting and abdominal pain. In some extreme cases, although uncommon, OAS can even trigger life-threatening anaphylactic shock. The thought of being unable to snack on a juicy peach or crunchy carrot made us curious -  what are the symptoms and triggers of OAS, and how can it be treated? Thankfully, our resident GP Dr. Sam Hay was on hand to tell us more...
     

    Category: General Medical
    Understanding Postnatal Depression and PNDA

    Did you know that one in seven Aussie mums suffer from post-natal depression? According to medical professional Dr. Sam, "It’s a condition that effects all women, of all cultures and all ages. It can occur with the first baby, the fourth, or with every single baby a mum has. Recent understanding of mood disorders in mums has broadened, leading to a more universal term of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety – PNDA – rather than just ‘postnatal depression’. PNDA can pop up out of the blue for the most stoic of mums who have always been well. The greatest risk however lies with mums who have had past episodes of depression, anxiety, and especially PNDA." In this article, Dr Sam describes the symptoms to look out for and most importantly how to understand PNDA and how to deal with it. 
    Category: General Medical
    Does Your Child Have a Food Allergy?

    Did you know that nine common foods are responsible for over 90% of allergic reactions? According to our resident GP Dr. Sam, "Cow's milk, egg, peanut, sesame, soy, tree nuts, wheat and shellfish are the main culprits”. But what exactly causes a food allergy and more importantly why are they becoming increasingly more common in Australian kids? Well, current research indicates that a fear of allergies to foods such as peanuts has led many parents to delay when they introduce these types of foods to their babies. Despite their best intentions though, Dr Sam says that this has in fact compounded the issue – “as ALL foods must be introduced early in a baby’s diet.” In this latest article for HIF, Dr. Sam sifts through the facts to discuss what all parents really need to know about food allergies.

    Category: General Medical
    Living With Migraines

    Do you suffer from migraines? If you do, you're not alone. According to GP, Dr. Sam, "Overall 12% of Aussies are estimated to suffer a migraine at some stage in their lives, that's nearly a whopping 3 million people! Striking most commonly in our thirties, migraines carry significant social, economical, and personal consequences." So what exactly are migraines and what do we need to know about them? We caught up with Dr. Sam to find out more. 

    Category: General Medical
    Is Dry January Beneficial?

    Did you have a booze free January? According to our resident GP, Dr. Sam, "With the festive season well and truly over, the month of January is usually time for sober session to kick in - or as our friends in the UK would call it, "Dry January". Whilst he agrees that abstaining from alcohol for 31 days is a great way to make up for any over indulgence; it's important to note that any short-term health benefits will be erased if previous drinking patterns return. As January comes to an end, we caught up with Dr Sam to hear more about his thoughts on this campaign and his advice on what a “safe” amount of alcohol is to drink.

    Category: General Medical
    Understanding Anaesthetic

    When it comes to medical procedures, an anaesthetic is usually required; however, patients are often unclear about the various types of anaesthesia. To help clear up the confusion, we asked Dr Sam Hay to explore the differences between local, regional, twilight and general anaesthesias, so that we can understand what it is and how it works.

    Category: General Medical
    What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

    Did you know that 70,000 Aussies are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease? According to health professional Dr. Sam, "Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are a bit mysterious in the sense that we don't really know what triggers the immune system to attack our body this way, but we do know the main risk factors. IBD is a serious condition, but if you look after yourself, it shouldn't rule your life." In this article, Dr. Sam explains what Inflammatory Bowel Disease entails, factors that may affect IBD risk, and the treatment that is available.

    Category: General Medical
    Lung Disease

    "Imagine having to think about every breath you take. Every single one. Each breath taking every effort you have. According to Dr Sam, "That's what it can be like living day to day with a chronic lung disease. It's a massive problem in Australia, causing about one in seven deaths. Some lung issues are temporary, your friendly doctor can help fix them with a bit of TLC or a course of antibiotics. But there are more serious lung problems that if left untreated can really effect our quality of life. In this article, Dr Sam discusses the symptoms we need to be aware of when it comes to the health of our lungs.

     

    Category: General Medical
    Melanoma Exposed.

    Did you know by the time you get home from work each day, 35 Australians will have been diagnosed with Melanoma. Even worse five will have died. According to Dr. Sam, "While it’s a relatively rare skin cancer, only making up 2% of all skin cancers, it’s the deadliest. It grows and spreads quickly and that’s why it causes 75% of skin cancer deaths in Australia". With this in mind Dr Sam provides a comprehensive overview of the the facts surrounding Melanoma and what we we do to prevent it. 

    Category: General Medical
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