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Monthly Archives: October 2011

All is going smoothly

31Oct

Hey guys, Just wanted to say that my skin is still doing the same, and the diet is going well 🙂 I’m really getting to grips with the diet now, and the boundries of what I can and cannot eat … Continue reading

  

For Your Heart’s Sake – Eat Chocolate!

31Oct

Now that’s what I call a health headline!  Usually we are urged to give up what we love and eat things we may loathe, but let’s have a cheer for some Swedish researchers who have contributed the latest glad tidings. … Continue reading

  

Grandma’s diary. A very long day!

31Oct

Hi everyone, I thought this week I would pass the blog to Grandma as she has done a huge amount of the childminding from my son’s very young age  and can give a different perspective which will be familiar to … Continue reading

  

The Girls of No. 82, Just Roll with it.

30Oct

Hello everyone I hope you have all had a good week, we have been busy here in Bristol my little one back in flare so we have had some pretty full on evenings! The thing with eczema especially childhood eczema … Continue reading

  

Pumpkin Menopause!

29Oct

BOO! and BOO!  and BOO! You might think these pumpkins are men but they aren’t!  They are lady pumpkins who have pulled their hair back. And guess what?  Each one is in the middle of the Roller Coaster Ride!  You didn’t … Continue reading

  

Still going strong

28Oct

Just a quick update – stood on the scales this morning, 2 weeks into my healthier lifestyle, and I’ve lost another pound. That’s 5 pounds in total. Well done me! I don’t actually feel like I’ve lost weight but the … Continue reading

  

Breaking the cycle of gaining and losing

28Oct

How many times have you lost weight and then gained it? You know there was that wedding you lost weight for and looked fab in your wedding dress. Then there was the summer holiday bikini you managed to squeeze into. … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on psoriasis opens today

28Oct

An online clinic on psoriasis with NHS Choices, Psoriasis UK and British Skin Foundation and sponsored by mumsnet opened this morning. Clinical experts will be available to answer all your questions about issues surrounding psoriasis, offering advice on caring for … Continue reading

  

Is raw meat helping my skin more?

27Oct

Hey guys 🙂 My skin is good again! Not really good as it has been before, but yesterday I had a few red blotches that were aggravating me and now they’re pretty much gone, which was a really quick recovery! But what … Continue reading

  

Am I still on track?

27Oct

I know I’ve not been blogging for a few days but family and work has sort of ‘got in the way’ – it’s half term so I’m either finishing work a little earlier to spend time with my girls or … Continue reading

  

Summer is upon us…

26Oct

So once again, summer is just a few short weeks away (well, for me) and for once, my skin seems to be okay. Usually at this time of year with all the heat and humidity, it usually flares up. Yet … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on psoriasis coming soon

25Oct

Psoriasis Association and British Skin Foundation have teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an online clinic on psoriasis. Clinical experts will be available to answer all your questions about issues surrounding psoriasis, offering advice on caring for … Continue reading

  

Stress & Skin……..

24Oct

Ladies & Gents…. What a week, you normally see me blogging about my children’s skin be it eczema or acne. You read about my antics on the beach with my girls or my constant endeavours to combat the compliance issue … Continue reading

  

Stay calm and eat your carrot!

24Oct

Hey guys! So sorry my blogging has been a rare occurance lately, college stress has been weighing down on me quite a bit and my parents went away for a few days so I had to look after the house … Continue reading

  

Keep It Simple, and Put on a Happy Face!

24Oct

  Just a few simple lines and dots.  Yet they work.  The happy face smiles, and you smile back.  (If you’re not a fan of happy faces, I’d love to have you agree with me today for the sake of … Continue reading

  

Sweetie, If it’s Not Natural – It’s Not Natural

24Oct

I wish I had a pound/dollar/euro/escudo for every time I have mentioned the dangers of sugar substitutes because I could have retired to Cancun years ago – but stick with me because recent news makes it worth repeating. Three key … Continue reading

  

An Eczema Journey

24Oct

This week I have been looking back at the long journey we have made from diagnosis, the support we received along the way and to what is available now to parents and carers of those children with eczema. I remember … Continue reading

  

Maccy D’s ….

21Oct

On Wednesday I was faced with having to take my children to McDonald’s as it was the start of the half term break, and they asked if we could go for a treat. What could I say? We rarely go … Continue reading

  

Holiday tips please…

20Oct

So in exactly one month from today, I’ll be heading to Europe for a 2 month trip (Yay!) The only downside is that I’ll be backpacking and won’t have access to a bath at all and will be heavily relying … Continue reading

  

20 tips for planning and surviving holidays with allergies

19Oct

Since I’m about to fly off to sunnier climbs for a week I thought I’d share some information on planning holidays when you have allergies.  If you’ve ever tried researching countries, cities and places to go, what types of food … Continue reading

  

Fish foot spas may spread disease

19Oct

A new pedicure craze is sweeping the nation but is it safe? Fish foot spas are a nibbling treatment where dead skin is removed from the feet by fish. However Britain’s health protection agency have warned that this could be … Continue reading

  

Complaints about GP’s on the increase

19Oct

Figures from the parliamentary and health service ombudsman have revealed that complaints made regarding GP’s have risen. 2,581 complaints were made in the last year against GP’s, an increase of 162, however this equates to 17% which is the same … Continue reading

  

Diabetes drug in draft guidance from NICE

19Oct

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes has been recommended for use in triple therapies for those unable to use the current method. Exenatide is currently administered once a week as a long acting medication. This guidance suggests that … Continue reading

  

It’s official

19Oct

Well, I took the plunge today to do my BMI (via NHS Choices onsite app) – and I am officially sitting right in the middle of the over-weight section. Not that I needed proof of course, but it’s always good … Continue reading

  

Perks of being an eczema-tic

19Oct

Believe it or not, there are some perks to having eczema. While there are a gazillion (yes, this is a true measurement of quantity) negatives, the optimist in me has found some positives. We get to have long baths (if … Continue reading

  

Stresssssss!

19Oct

Hey Guys, I am sooo sorry that I haven’t blogged in a while but college has just gotten really stressful because of applying for Universities and my lecturers seem to be piling the work on me! My skin is a … Continue reading

  

It’s a Paper Doll’s Life

18Oct

The fashion life of a paper doll must be glorious.  She stands upright and proud in her underwear.  (That’s an accomplishment right there!)  Someone selects an outfit, slips it on, and suddenly, she’s beautifully dressed from head to toe. The … Continue reading

  

10 Myths About Food Intolerance

18Oct

I thought that I would share with you some of the common myths surrounding food intolerance! Here goes:- Myth 1 – Food intolerances are very rare Genuine food allergy is rare. Less than 2% of the population (and 8% of children … Continue reading

  

I couldn’t resist

18Oct

Why is it, that now I’m watching what I eat, I want to see results fast! Why is it that every time I’m in the bathroom I can’t resist stepping on the scales! As if I’m going to lose a … Continue reading

  

The hot vs cool water debate

17Oct

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had doctors tell me that I should only have warm showers and baths. Well, that’s all good and dandy in theory, but when you have red raw skin and are sweating, the … Continue reading

  

Commitment Phobic Men Have Almost Double Cancer Risk

17Oct

If your partner is ‘just a boy who cain’t say yes’ to paraphrase Oklahoma, then you have a new weapon in your armoury if your aim is to get him to the altar. New research published in BioMed Central’s open … Continue reading

  

Latte or Earl Grey? Was I in control of me?

17Oct

Well – how did I get on over the weekend I hear you ask? Well, I had a lovely afternoon with a friend drinking …… EARL GREY tea! In the queue to order I had to stare at the muffins … Continue reading

  

For the love of bread

17Oct

The single biggest problem with a gluten free diet is bread. Not only is shop bought bread expensive, it’s also dry and makes really poor sandwiches. In fact my daughter won’t eat it as a sandwich. You can get gluten … Continue reading

  

First blog

17Oct

Hi everyone, this is my first attempt at blogging so bear with me.  Have just about managed to get a grip on tweeting as some of you may know but have faith I will improve! As you can see from … Continue reading

  

My first blog

15Oct

Where to start ….. I’ve always had issues with my weight. I vaguely remember as a little girl being denied some of the cakes and sweets others were having and I’m grateful to my mother for not allowing me to … Continue reading

  

1 in 4 people with psoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis

14Oct

A study by the National Psoriasis Foundation has discovered that as many as 1 in 4 people with psoriasis may also have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the joints and tendons. 30% … Continue reading

  

Be honest – do you eat too much?

14Oct

The government has announced the problem with obesity, we eat too much yet fail to accept that is the problem. Statistics show that in England more than 60% of the adult population are obese and 23% of 4 to 5 … Continue reading

  

Get gorgeous autumn skin

14Oct

At this time of lower humidity, with less water carried in the air, cold and often windy days add new challenges to your skin. All heating creates a dry air environment – with central heating at home being the main … Continue reading

  

The ‘ACNE LUMP’

14Oct

Hello Everyone, My apologies for being absent for a few days. My oldest daughter, who, in my last blog, had requested that I take her to see our GP with reference to her ACNE, has (we think but are not … Continue reading

  

Science shows a jog a day keeps the doctor away

13Oct

Exercise could be used to prevent or even treat a whole range of physical and mental health conditions, according to research revealed by eminent scientists at a London conference today. The findings of scientific research were presented to a packed … Continue reading

  

Investigation into neglect of elderly in hospitals

13Oct

An investigation by the Care Quality Commission has discovered that some elderly people are being deprived of basic care and compassion by NHS staff. 100 hospitals were inspected throughout the investigation and results show that while budget cuts and over … Continue reading

  

Food intolerance – research links food triggers with migraine

12Oct

With an estimated 12-15% of people suffering from migraine, this means that roughly seven million people suffer in the UK alone. Stats from the charity Migraine Action reveal that migraines affect twice as many women as men, they affect people … Continue reading

  

Stupid restaurants!

11Oct

Hey guys My skin is going well still, my upper arms and legs are quite bad after showers, but my skin always reacts badly after a shower! But the skin on my face is doing especially well at the moment … Continue reading

  

Cure for peanut allergy

11Oct

Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago are a step closer to a cure for peanut allergies. By tricking the immune system of people with peanut allergies into thinking that peanut proteins are safe anaphylactic shocks are prevented. The immune system … Continue reading

  

10 tips for successfully managing asthma

10Oct

Unmanaged and out of control asthma and hay fever can be an accident waiting to happen. It can creep up quite slowly, and the signs are easy to ignore. You might think you’ll get better next week, that it’s all … Continue reading

  

Ah Skin, Ah Youth

10Oct

There’s something sad about a mother who is jealous of her own children.  That’s not me.  If my children succeed where I have failed, I celebrate. The girls got better report cards than I did—Happy Mother Check Mark. The girls … Continue reading

  

Sand, Sea & Dermatology

9Oct

It’s amazing just what a difference a good night’s sleep can make…….Thankfully Issi-May is calming down from her latest eczema flare and sleeping much better so we decided that we would all head down to the coast for the weekend … Continue reading

  

Cravings

9Oct

Hey guys, My skin is pretty much the same as yesterday, I still haven’t used steroids on my face 🙂 In this post I just wanted to talk about how my cravings seem to be going away! Sometimes when I’m … Continue reading

  

Getting a little repetitive

8Oct

Hey guys At the moment my skin is doing quite good, the skin on my face looks really good, it’s still dry & flaky but it’s not red and raw as I’ve experienced many times before. My arms and legs … Continue reading

  

How do you get a 3 year old to understand their allergies?

7Oct

So how do you get a 3 year old to understand that they can’t eat wheat? That if they eat wheat they will end up in pain and discomfort for days around going to the toilet? How do you get … Continue reading

  

Stop scratching! a sad poem about eczema

7Oct

My eczema has flared up just lately, and along with this, a delightful cold sore is bubbling away just under the surface, but I was reminded how far I’ve come in just a few years.  Whilst my skin has got … Continue reading

  

Do I Really Need Botox….?

6Oct

Hi Everyone I am a little jaded tonight hence my question around Botox , I can’t believe just how much my face has dropped over the duration of this week. At one point today I actually thought I would need … Continue reading

  

Do’s and Don’ts of fighting cold sores

6Oct

You know the signs, that tell-tale little tingling sensation that signals you’re in for a real treat, a cold sore is on the way. Zovirax can be a good first line of defence and is very successful at keeping cold … Continue reading

  

First blog

6Oct

I’m delighted to be asked to join the talkhealth blog team and am looking forward to joining in the forum discussions too.  My passions are all around health, allergies, food intolerances and celiac disease and the challenges people face in … Continue reading

  

Food allergy or intolerance? When people talk about suffering from food reactions, whether allergy, intolerance or hyper-sensitivity, what do they mean?

6Oct

The statistics from Allergy UK state that 45% of the population suffer from “food intolerance” symptoms such as gut problems, skin problems, headaches, migraines, joint pains, fatigue and low mood. However, when people talk about suffering from food reactions, whether … Continue reading

  

Cherries are so delicious!

5Oct

Hey guys, My skin is pretty much the same today as it was yesterday, but I went to the hospital today for a check up because my GP was concerned that I was using all the right creams etc & … Continue reading

  

Yahoo for the Change in Weather

4Oct

I am sure that everyone else is really sad to see the sun change to wind and some rain but come Monday late afternoon when the weather in the Southwest changed, I found myself running around the kitchen table …….with relief! … Continue reading

  

Raw is right!

4Oct

Hey guys At the moment my skin is still good, I used a weaker cream on my arms yesterday to reduce the amount of strong steroid that my skin is battered with, then moved back up to the strong cream … Continue reading

  

Facial eczema

4Oct

During our online clinic on eczema a key topic was facial eczema. Rizman asked the experts “As a child I had eczema on the inner side of the elbow on my arms. During my childhood and teenage years it had … Continue reading

  

Do you have ‘skinny genes’?

4Oct

Researchers at University College London have discovered that children with slimmer parents are three times more likely to be slim than children with parents who are overweight. It has been known for some time that obesity runs in families but … Continue reading

  

Are you a victim of smiling depression?

4Oct

Since David Walliams declared that he has suffered with depression for most of his life experts have announced that they believe millions of Britons also suffer and like David Walliams mask their emotions with a smile. Smiling depression is used … Continue reading

  

It’s Ok, Ovaries

4Oct

I could feel an ovary trying to decide what to do.  One hour, I sensed the familiar and oh so annoying twinges that meant ovulation was on its way (followed by two weeks of PMS in her various forms). The … Continue reading

  

New free scheme launched called New Medicine Service (NMS)

4Oct

A new scheme funded by the NHS has been launched for those prescribed a new medication for an pre-existing, long-term condition or when newly diagnosed. The initiative is based around consultations with your local pharmacist to support you over the … Continue reading

  

Blog #1 – Twenty Years

4Oct

For 20 years, eczema’s been a huge part of my life. I haven’t known a life without it and the only other person in my family who’s had it is my uncle and he stopped getting it in his teens. … Continue reading

  

Body is confused…

3Oct

Hey guys I’m back on the really strong cream unfortunately, my arms and legs were getting quite bad but my face stayed good so I’m not using the strong steroid cream on my face I’m using a weaker one which … Continue reading

  

Tips for Rosacea skin types

3Oct

Rosacea is sometimes referred to as ‘adult acne’. Your face becomes flushed and red due to dilation of the small blood vessels close to the skin surface. It is often accompanied with severe dryness and irritation around the chin, cheeks, … Continue reading

  

The battle against childhood skin disease takes to the airwaves

3Oct

Skin disease research charity the British Skin Foundation (BSF) is taking the battle against skin disease in children to the airwaves by producing a series of radio shows aimed at children and parents. The charity has teamed up with the … Continue reading

  

The best eczema advice I ever received

3Oct

I thought I would start my blog post series with one of the best most helpful things anybody has ever said to me about my eczema. It wasn’t told to me by a doctor, or a dermatologist, or even a … Continue reading

  

Anna’s first blog

3Oct

I am a mother of three fantastic children aged 14, 5 and 4 (my youngest child is a severe sufferer of eczema and has been since her toddler moments), and I have enjoyed a career in sales and marketing for … Continue reading

  

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