rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


The ‘itching palms and soles of feet’ saga continues after yesterday, my test coffee, made from fresh ground beans, initially seemed to not cause any reaction. By lunch time though I was rubbing my palms and wriggling my feet. The itch was back…

Having already collected a whole rash of allergies I am still very much in denial. So I told myself that the uncharacteristic overdrinking the night before could be the cause… the eyes were sore and I had some hives down the side of my face and across my back too so it must just be another punishment from mixing my drinks. Right?

Last night the itching on the soles of my feet drove me mad.

So today, now having a mini break in Somerset with the in-laws, much to the MIL’s confusion I abstained from the morning coffee. I cannot even bear to explain why… she will think I’m a complete freak-a-minute if I declare yet another thing I can’t have.

Anyway here I am, wheezing away, while FIL and neighbour quaff their coffee and I sit across the table enjoying the aroma and convincing myself it’s really not long since breakfast so I don’t need a coffee anyway. Who am I kidding?

Then I realise I’m wheezing… not really badly, enough to make me aware and to be thinking, ‘I’ll get the inhaler if it gets worse’. Well they’ve guzzled their coffee now and the wheezing is subsiding. A mere ten minutes later and I am wheeze free.

But I’ve just remembered that this house is dusty and I’m always wheezy when I stay here.

Denial… denial. Could it really be that suddenly, after a life time of drinking coffee, usually only one day and slightly less frequently lately as I prefer to buy beans, grind and make it fresh, that I might be allergic to it? It is not always possible to buy beans, all the shops seem to sell is pre-ground coffee so sometimes I don’t have any for a while.

And as my breathing returns to normal I may have to the face the fact that if this is what I think it is it may be curtains for my beloved coffee…



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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