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Ruth

About Ruth

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 http://whatallergy.com/ and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

What is Super Pollen and Thunder Fever?

14May

Super Pollen and Thunder Fever on Radio 5 Live

Super Pollen and Thunder Fever on Radio 5 Live Hayfever is a worry for many people around spring and summer time but what if I told you that things could be about to get much, much worse. Think pollen on … Continue reading

  

Allergic to Melolin wound dressings

7May

Allergic to wound dressings

If you have a latex allergy the chances are you are also allergic to plasters. I have known about my allergy to sticky plasters for years and usually have a stock of the hypo allergenic plasters but when you get … Continue reading

  

Oatly, Oatly everywhere and now I’m hooked

17Apr

Oatly oat milk advertising hoarding in london

Have you noticed? Oatly is everywhere. In the newspaper, on advertising hoardings, in the shops, in my fridge and now, now I even have a tshirt! For those of you who are not familiar with Oatly, they make a range … Continue reading

  

Gluten and dairy free Everybody pasties at Marylebone Station!

31Mar

I really rather enjoyed these gluten and dairy free pasties

For those of you who have heard about the new West Cornwall Pasty Company Gluten and Dairy free Everybody pasty, you may be interseted to hear you can get these at Marylebone station. They may be avaiable at other stations … Continue reading

  

Teignmouth tops for allergies

24Mar

Delicious home-cooked #freefrom roast lamb dinner with all the trimmings

If you have allergies or are coeliac and you’re planning a visit to Teignmouth in Devon you’ll be very satisfied with what you find. This visit involved some of the usual military plannng but also some unplanned spontaneous eating out … Continue reading

  

When your friends invite you to dinner and cater for your allergies

10Mar

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I would like thank ALL my friends. Not only are you my eyes and ears when we go out and my little saviours when I’m getting a bit blase, some of you really go the extra mile. Some of you … Continue reading

  

Gluten and dairy from Cornish pasty, because it’s pie week

10Mar

West Cornwall Pasty company Gluten and dairy free pasty

Can you eat pie? The chances are that if you’re a coeliac or have a wheat, dairy or celery allergy that they are totally off limits. Well no longer! You can still eat pie! There are quite a few gluten … Continue reading

  

Fantastic #freefrom cafe in Stafford – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Emporium

9Mar

Really tasty Bubble and Squeak, ham and egg for main #glutenfree #dairyfree #soyafree #nutfree

This place is amazing. If you’re travelling to Stafford and have allergies or are a coeliac you MUST visit for lunch. It’s a lovely, homely, friendly, family-run cafe who were proudly displaying their certificate for their Shortlisting in the FreeFrom … Continue reading

  

Not winning but still a winner at The Allergy Blog Awards

8Mar

Allergy Blog Awards

The Amazing Allergy Blog awards at the Malmaiisoon Manchester Piccadilly I’m still buzzing from the Allergy Blog Awards on Saturday 25th February at the Malmaisson Manchester Piccadilly hotel. In my opinion everyone at the awards was a winner. Bloggers give … Continue reading

  

Avocado and poached egg on gluten free crumpets #crumpetchallenge

10Feb

Beautiful gluten free crumpet hamper from Newburn Bakehouse

Firstly, thank you to Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse, who sent me this amazing little hamper of delicious goodies and invited me to take part in the great gluten free crumpet challenge! Beautiful gluten free crumpet hamper from Newburn Bakehouse Just look … Continue reading

  

Learning to cook wheat, dairy and tomato free Italian

5Feb

FreeFrom all'Italiana by Anna Del Conten & Michelle Berridale-Johnson

If you’re living with multiple allergies and get fed up cooking the same meals day in day out… this cook book is just what you’re looking for. It is packed with wheat and dairy free recipes, which are all really … Continue reading

  

I’m her worst allergy! No I’M her worst allergy…

30Jan

Sorry Dairy, I think Peanut wins this fight. Definitely my worst allergy!

This is a silly blog inspired by a cartoon I saw recently of a glass of red wine arguing with a lovely mug of black coffee about who she loved the most. She loves me more! said the angry glass … Continue reading

  

2017 New Year Resolutions… taking control!

3Jan

newyearnewme

This year I’m going to get my focus back and find my caring side. For too long I’ve been in denial, that I already cut out so many things so why shouldn’t I indulge in freefrom processed foods as a … Continue reading

  

Natural, non-irritant shampoo for dry, eczema scalps

2Jan

Skin Blossom herbal shampoo

One of my real bugbears and struggles is finding good, natural shampoo that doesn’t make my scalp dry, itchyand sore. I’ve blogged about this a great deal. No longer available – Skin Blossom Herbal Shampoo And this year I am … Continue reading

  

What’s the future of freefrom skincare?

2Jan

Rhassoul clay - Image from Natural Spa Supplies

Reading the Telegraph Saturday magazine this weekend I read a feature by Victoria Hall, their acting beauty director who said that, and I quote… “Two thirds of women believe that what they eat directly impacts on how their skin looks … Continue reading

  

2016 eczema and allergy highlights

31Dec

smile and be thankful

It’s been a long year and in many ways a very challenging one but it’s easy to forget the highlights and focus on the negatives. I’m not sad to see the back of this year but I have a lot … Continue reading

  

Dairy free, nut free, wheat free tapas, twice in one week!

10Dec

Manzanilla Olives and Boquerones which were anchovies

This is a really quick blog with some delicious pictures of food that I’ve eaten recently at Tres Corazones tapas restaurant in Wendover. I went with a group of friends for a Christmas dinner and then treated myself to lunch … Continue reading

  

Most Innovative and Environmental Allergy Blog Finalist!

10Dec

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Well wouldn’t you know it, despite having a major blog blip and neglecting my blog for over two months my little baby has managed to make it to the finalists of the Allergy Blog Awards 2017. I’m so proud What … Continue reading

  

Eczema, stress and itching

10Dec

Eczema cartoon

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged on here and I apologise whole heartedly for leaving you all so lonely and ignored for so long. You’ll be pleased to hear that I’m back on it! There is a part of … Continue reading

  

Voting starts tomorrow for the Best FreeFrom Allergy Blog Awards!

30Sep

Voting opens tomorrow, 1st October so please vote for your favourite Allergy Blog - Whatallergy.com

Voting opens tomorrow, 1st October so please vote for your favourite Allergy Blog – Whatallergy.com Allergy Blog Of The Year – Sponsored by Asda Free From our headline sponsor Allergy Blog Of The Year Award category is for the allergy … Continue reading

  

I’ve never tasted an Oreo…

22Sep

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What is all the fuss about with Oreos? At work, if anyone is traveling to America there is a whole bunch of my colleagues who are clamouring for particular Oreo’s to be brought back through customs for them. I mean, … Continue reading

  

Could An Allergy ‘Cause’ An Eating Disorder?

29Aug

People who grow up with food allergies typically have a different relationship to food than those who grow up allergy-free. While this by no means indicates that an eating disorder will naturally develop (far from it!), it is worth noting … Continue reading

  

What did my office think of the new Newburn Bakehouse thins?

29Aug

Newburn Bakehouse Seeded Thins with caramelised onion humous, courgette and mange tout

The lovely people at the Newburn Bakehouse sent me a huge box of their new #glutenfree thins to try out. Look out for the new Seeded Sandwich Thins and Fruity Snack Thins with orange and sultana. Both varieties were really … Continue reading

  

Looks, toasts and tastes just like REAL crumpets!

19Aug

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This week we tried the new Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Crumpets and we were very impressed. Thank you for sending us a free sample Look, toast and taste just like ‘real’ crumpets! Newburn Bakehouse #GF crumpets So what’s in them? … Continue reading

  

Listen very carefully, I shall say this many times…

8Aug

Eat with your eyes!

This week a waiter in Canada has been charged after an allergic diner was served fish instead of steak; the customer was seriously allergic to fish and has alerted the waiter about this but sadly he had an anaphylactic attack … Continue reading

  

No, not ‘poor Ruth’… NEVER say this!

5Aug

Don't pity me... I have allergies. It's not so bad. My life is so rich in other ways

This is a rant and I may be being unreasonable again but don’t pity me. Don’t look at me and think… poor thing. And NEVER EVER say, “Oh Poor Ruth!” when a table of food is mostly off limits apart … Continue reading

  

Soya allergy and guar gum – is there a connection?

5Aug

Coconut Collaboratives Snow Coconut sticks and soya allergy

If you are allergic to soya you should take a very hard look at anything containing guar gum. This is something I’ve never come across from any doctor or allergy specialist so I’ve never worried about it before. However, if … Continue reading

  

Voted in the Top 10 Health blogs AGAIN!

22Jul

What Allergy voted in the Top 10 Health Blogs 2016[

We’ve done it again! This is a really quick thank you to everyone who reads, shares, comments and enjoys this blog. What Allergy voted in the Top 10 Health Blogs 2016 So how do they decide the Top 10 Health … Continue reading

  

The Allergy Show 2016 – The best bits…

9Jul

Allergy Show 2016 haul, including Nutribrex, Heck, BFree...

This year the Allergy Show didn’t disappoint. But I’m not your average coeliac or freefrom shopper. I struggle with a lot of freefrom food and try to eat as little processed food as I can. This goes for a lot … Continue reading

  

My dermatologist said ‘Clear the dance floor’.

17Jun

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I have just had my six monthly checkup with my Dermatologist, Dr John Reed at Oxford Churchill Hospital. We were discussing his insistence that using steroids more frequently to dampen down and reduce inflammation would help my skin. It’s a … Continue reading

  

Show your eczema scars, scabs and nodular prurigo

13Jun

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It doesn’t matter what your skin looks like. Don’t miss out on being spontaneous, feeling the sun on your skin and getting those white legs out this summer. Don’t be shy. Don’t hide away. Who cares what people say? I … Continue reading

  

20 things you can do to reduce hay fever symptoms

26May

Don't sit under trees during pollen season - choose umbrellas or wide brimmed hats

The recent coverage of seasonal tree pollen allergies on Countryfile Diaries was really good, but as is the usual thing with TV, you miss out on so much of the actual filming. You guys only get a snapshot. But I … Continue reading

  

Two thirds of Brits can’t correctly identify what gluten is…

13May

BarleyCup - A gluten free alternative hot drink to tea and coffee

Half don’t know gluten is contained in cornflakes, pasta, pizza, fruitcake and biscuits. Nearly one in ten people have started cutting wheat or gluten from their diet, yet confusion is rife as to what gluten actually is and where it … Continue reading

  

Countryfile diaries seasonal allergy special on 20th May

13May

Filming BBC Countryfile Diaries Seasonal Allergy special with Keeley Donavan

If you love nature but also want to find out how you can enjoy the Spring and Summer and embrace the outdoors whilst minimising the effects of your hay fever read on… Simple tasks like going for a walk, run … Continue reading

  

Save hundreds on prescriptions every year!

18Apr

Why prescription prepayment certificates are a good idea

I’m hoping to do a few blogs this week because it’s National Allergy Awareness Week but I’m so busy I may only manage a few. This one should save you money, OR make you feel better about how much you’re … Continue reading

  

NEWSFLASH: ilumi freefrom pouch soups in Aldi for 99p

1Apr

 ilumi pouch soups are now available in Aldi for just 99p each

I just had to share this because I don’t know what I’d do without ilumi pouch meals. I always have some in stock because I can eat some of their soups and curry #freefrom meals and it is just such … Continue reading

  

The Alford Arms is closed due to fire…

1Apr

Alford Arms closed

My favourite pub and amazing winners of the Free From Eating out Awards in 2015 has had to close due to a fire. I am so sad about this because they make such an effort to provide me with a … Continue reading

  

Living on stale bread… freefrom is expensive!

19Mar

It costs a LOT more to feed an allergic person than it does for those with no allergies. And I’m not just talking about the increased cost of freefrom food, although some of it is very expensive compared to its … Continue reading

  

What’s living in my gut? Check out the British Gut Project

14Mar

The Great British Gut Project

Just a really quick blog to let you all know about the British Gut project. It’s a subject that fascinates me and numerous studies have shown that factors affecting gut microbiota can have a huge impact of whether certain people … Continue reading

  

THE best wheat and dairy free breakfast at Number Twenty Six

4Mar

Number Twenty One Bistro in Teignmouth - best gluten and dairy free breakfast

This wasn’t just any old breakfast. This was no greasy spoon. Number Twenty Six in Teignmouth, Devon, is a lovely little cafe bistro that my Dad and I discovered many years ago while out walking. That first visit was great … Continue reading

  

There’s nothing in an Oxo stock cube…

4Mar

Butternut squash, sweet potato and OXO CUBE SOUP

Oxo cubes. We all know about those. We don’t eat Oxo cubes if we are allergic to wheat or celery because they are not just stock… they are lots of other things too. The moral of this blog is that … Continue reading

  

How clean is the indoor air quality in your home?

29Feb

Dust mask for avoiding airborne allergens

Is your house clean and safe? We all probably assume that it is but there could be some very dangerous things in your home… We insulate our houses and try to make them as air-tight and cosy as possible, especially … Continue reading

  

Seven things you should know when using your asthma inhaler

23Feb

This is a really quick blog about inhalers. If you’ve got asthma make sure you do these five things to stay safe and up-to-date with the latest thinking. I always learn something when I have an asthma review. Is your … Continue reading

  

On having a real allergy stalker…

22Feb

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This is a funny story about how I discovered I had a stalker and not just any old stalker. This stalker was trying to find out more about me and wanted to meet me too. My sister is the one … Continue reading

  

Incredible #soyafree soya sauce alternative – Coconut Aminos

1Feb

Incredible soya free soya sauce alternative - Coconut Aminos

I discovered this stuff at the FreeFrom Food Awards judging session last week. Honestly, how can I have a diagnosed soya allergy for over three years and not have discovered that there is a fairly widely available and pretty amazing … Continue reading

  

When the office buys you birthday cake you can’t eat…

30Jan

NOT #FreeFrom Birthday cake from my colleagues at work

It was my birthday this month. I always struggle with my birthday. I never want stuff. It’s just so soon after Christmas and I never want much for Christmas presents either. I’m a nightmare to buy for. Despite all this … Continue reading

  

Why I put on a stone in weight judging the FreeFrom Food Awards

29Jan

FreeFrom Food Awards Coffee to start the judging day off

I love this time of year and not just because it’s January and my birthday, it’s also the FreeFrom Food Awards judging week where I get to discover so many new #FreeFrom products and meet lots of lovely people from … Continue reading

  

Dermo steroid strips to heal nodular prurigo

29Jan

Dermo healing strips for treating nodular prurigo

This blog post seems a nonsense on the back of my fears about steroids, but having nodular prurigo can be infuriating. The little itchy, hard lumps itch so much you just have to tear off the top, and they bleed … Continue reading

  

Topical steroid addiction and withdrawal and what it means…

9Jan

My red allergy face

I’m addicted. There, I said it. I’m an addict and it’s all my fault. Well I didn’t know that the drugs I was prescribed would cause any long term problems at the time but it would seem topical steroids are … Continue reading

  

Why does eczema skin itch and should you just stop scratching?

8Jan

Anyone with eczema will know how impossibly draining living with constant itching can be. Just recently I’ve had a mini flare-up and some pretty insane itching. It happens around this time of year, without fail, but I think also I … Continue reading

  

1.5 million visitors to What Allergy in 2015!

7Jan

Thank you to all 1.5 million visitors who read this blog in 2015

Thank you all! What an awesome year! Happy New Year to you all, 2015 was a pretty busy year and this blog just continues to grow. Last year over 1.5 million people visited this blog. That’s awesome! People from 219 … Continue reading

  

Please vote for me in the UK Blog Awards 2016

4Jan

Vote for me now in the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

Happy New Year people and thank you all for your support during 2015. I couldn’t do all this without you guys. Blogging can get very lonely when you don’t hear what people think, good or bad. You don’t always have … Continue reading

  

FODMAPS for the frightened FreeFromer

21Dec

3omega6 Flax milk on blueberry porridge

Now I’ve read about FODMAPS. They’re complicated. Huge lists of fruit and vegetables that could be causing all your IBS symptoms. I have to admit, FODMAPS has me running for the hills because I am already avoiding some pretty major … Continue reading

  

Still places for freefrom Christmas dinner at The Black Horse, Standlake

18Dec

Book your freefrom Christmas dinner today at The Black Horse, Standlake

Have you got Christmas lunch sorted? If you can’t face cooking why not eat out this year. You haven’t left it too late either. I’ve got an invitation here for you from the freefrom pub, The Black Horse in Standlake. … Continue reading

  

Enjoying Green’s gluten and wheat free beers

17Dec

The impressive selection of gluten free beers on offer from Green's Beers

There are so many gluten free beers to choose from these days but this month I have been mostly sampling Green’s gluten free beer range. This is one for all you coeliacs or wheat allergics out there. The impressive selection … Continue reading

  

10 places I’ve eaten out over the festive period!

15Dec

Tres Corazones, Wendover

It’s the festive season so I’ve been eating (and drinking) out at quite a few places this month and we’re only half way through! I thought I’d share where I’ve been, what I ate and how I got on. Ruth … Continue reading

  

The new Tesco ‘Gluten Free Christmas’ advert

14Dec

Oh no! Not the Latimers! But these aren’t just any old Latimers, these are the gluten free Latimers and they’re popping by! (Just had to get an M&S ‘not just’ reference into a Tesco blog) Clearly this is a real … Continue reading

  

The UKs first organic freefrom supermarket…

10Dec

The first even organic freefrom supermarket in the UK

and it’s in Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, just down the road from where I live. I’m more excited about this new freefrom shop opening than I am about Christmas this year. This is a very mini bloggette to let you … Continue reading

  

Is a real pine Christmas tree more important than your husband?

5Dec

Pine allergy can make Christmas an allergic nightmare

Dear Mrs Pipe, Your poor husband is seriously allergic to pine needles. Is your love of Christmas really more important than your husband? My brother sent me this little article from the Metro last night and I couldn’t help feeling … Continue reading

  

Wheat, dairy and soya free fish and chips in Aylesbury

3Dec

Cod Father (Aylesbury) gluten, dairy and soya free fish and chips

Back in October Mr What Allergy and I ventured out to our local fish and chipper in Aylesbury, The Cod Father. Love the name and love, love, love the wheat, dairy and soya free fish and chips. Due to having … Continue reading

  

I’ve just entered the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

30Nov

I've just entered the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

Watch this space for more information… but this is a chance to reward the hard work of the humble blogger. These awards cover many categories and any blog you can imagine so it should be fun. Wish me luck! Visit … Continue reading

  

I shared my Ombar #dairyfree #nutfree #soyafree chocolate

30Nov

Ombar dairy, gluten, wheat, soya and nut free chocolate

I’ve talked about this before. Sharing. I’m not good at it. Not when it comes to my special #freefrom carefully sought and expensively bought wares. Especially not when it comes to chocolate because the chocolate I eat has to be … Continue reading

  

Eating at Gourmet Burger Kitchen with multiple allergies…

28Nov

Gluten, dairy, tomato and nut free burger at Gourmet Burger Kitchen

We recently put Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) to a pretty stringent test of their allergen catering protocol. I wouldn’t normally ever turn up somewhere without having first phoned, exchanged emails and been through the menu to ascertain before hand what … Continue reading

  

Horse & Jockey Curbridge with allergies – 8.5/10

23Nov

 Crisp, fresh king prawn  and chilli salad - dairy, nut, celery, tomato, soya  and wheat free

I was lucky enough to judge the lovely Horse and Jockey pub in Curbridge near Southampton recently for the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards so I was delighted to see that they did really well, getting highly commended in the Pub … Continue reading

  

How to make soya, dairy, wheat/gluten and nut free chocolate

21Nov

Homemade #dairyfree #soyafree #nutfree #glutenfree chocolate from ChocChick

So what do you do when you get some time to relax? For the consumate blogger it’s a chance to catch up on some blog planning and get baking in the kitchen. This afternoon I made chocolate for the first … Continue reading

  

Proof that going gluten and dairy free is easy!

19Nov

Number One Aldwych goes gluten and dairy free... and no one

Everyone is talking about Number One Aldwych near Covent Garden this week and you may have seen them featured on ITV news too. Apparently they went gluten and dairy free ages ago and no one noticed! Number One Aldwych goes … Continue reading

  

Oscar & Bentleys win FreeFrom Eating out Awards

19Nov

FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2015

Fantastic news this week for anyone eating out with allergies, the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards have announced the winners and runners up. For anyone with a nut, dairy, wheat, soya, fish or any other food allergy this blog post is … Continue reading

  

Machynlleth in wet Wales – eating out with allergies

16Nov

Totlally freefrom Crisp, tasty duck salad with orange and balsamic drizzle

I was beginning to dread the eating out bit of my trip to Wales when not only the venue for my husband’s graduation, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) but also a restaurant in the town told me they were … Continue reading

  

93 chemicals which cause dermatitis – check your shampoo!

16Nov

93 chemicals in shampoo that could be causing your dermatitis

The increase in the number of people with allergies, coeliac disease and food intolerances has seen a massive rise in the number of freefrom foods in the shops. Many of those who avoid certain foods have skin problems such as … Continue reading

  

Vegan flavouring? What do vegans taste like?

12Nov

Dairy and soya free vegan cheese - VioLife

Ever eaten a vegan? No me neither. I don’t know what they taste like but I’d probably be allergic to vegans since they consume a lot of nuts to get protein into their diets. Joking aside, this new dairy and … Continue reading

  

Wheat and dairy free onion bhajis or patties

2Nov

FreeFrom easy peasy onion bhajis

Special thanks to Chris Bridge of Summergrove Halls for this fantastically simple recipe for onion bhajis and you don’t need a deep fat fryer to make these. Thanks also to my niece Zoe who was a dab hand at bhaji … Continue reading

  

Why comparing murder with anaphylaxis is pointless

22Oct

Allergy death less likely than murder

Dr Robert Boyle can be heard talking about how you are more likely to be murdered than die from anaphylaxis on Inside Health which features adrenaline auto-injectors and their suitability for general use. Skip to minute 18:30 to listen to … Continue reading

  

Very quick, simple, easy #freefrom salmon fish cakes

19Oct

What you'll need to make really easy, very quick salmon fish cakes #nestleglutenfreecornflakes

Phil Vickery challenged me to make something different using Nestle gluten free corn flakes. Well OK he didn’t really but Nestle did and Phil is right behind this campaign. Check at the bottom of this blog to find out what … Continue reading

  

Why ALL women with anaphylaxis should have an ultrasound

12Oct

Me at the BSACI talking about needle length of adrenaline auto-injectors

You might think I’m crazy, suggesting you go and get an ultrasound before requesting a repeat prescription of your adrenaline auto-injector but it’s very important for women to understand something about adrenaline injectors. They are not all the same. Some … Continue reading

  

Best FreeFrom blogger of the year 2015

9Oct

Please vote for What Allergy for Best FreeFrom blogger of the year award 2015

This is your chance to win £50 worth of vouchers and more… and for just a few seconds of your valuable #freefrom time you would be doing me a huge favour. Read on to find out how you can reward … Continue reading

  

A day in the life of an allergy nurse

26Sep

Andrew Williams, Allergy Nurse at Guys & St Thomas's hospital

Do you have an allergy nurse? Do you even have a specialist allergy consultant? I know many of us adults with life threatening allergies don’t. I myself have never managed to get that referral to an allergy specialist though I … Continue reading

  

Kissing eases eczema and allergy symptoms

25Sep

Eczema cartoon

You heard it here first! Kissing is good for you. Well we all know that, but kissing when you have eczema and allergies could be particularly beneficial! I love this piece of news, more proof that snogging is seriously underated … Continue reading

  

New ‘water’ vacuum cleaner for dust allergies

21Sep

The new Thomas allergy air pure vacuum for people with dust allergies

This month I have been testing out the new Thomas Allergy Air Pure vacuum. Isn’t he cute? The new Thomas allergy air pure vacuum Having quite a severe allergy to dust myself vacuuming isn’t my favourite passtime. I’ve used a … Continue reading

  

You won’t believe Greg Wallace’s attitude about allergies

7Sep

Celebrity Chef Greg Wallace telling us what he thinks about people with allergies

Thanks to Caroline Benjamin of Food Allergy Aware for sharing this lovely little video with me. The link below should take you to Facebook and shows Greg at a cookery demonstration airing his very rude and ignorant attitude about people … Continue reading

  

Win a hamper of freefrom food worth £150

7Sep

Win a hamper of goodies from Holland & Barrett worth £150

This is your chance to win a whole hamper of freefrom goodies to the value of £150 and all of the foods in the hamper can be purchased on the dedicated free from section of the Holland & Barrett website. … Continue reading

  

Some allergy songs, because today I feel like singing

27Aug

Today I feel like singing, so here, for your enjoyment and amusement is a selection of allergy related songs what I found on YouTube. This is the best one I found… The Allergy Song by The Banzai Buddy Band We … Continue reading

  

What happened to the BFree pittas?

27Aug

Me eating a BFree wheat, dairy and egg free pitta at the allergy show

I discovered these amazing gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free BFree Pittas as the Allergy Show London this year. They were offering half a pitta with various fillings and I found it was the only reliable lunch source so I … Continue reading

  

Great British Bake off does #FreeFrom

27Aug

Great British Bake off does freefrom

Tune in next week on BBC1 at 8pm if you love baking and want to watch this year’s contestants bake #freefrom. The programme is called, ‘Alternative ingredients’ which isn’t the most exciting catch line but the allergic and gluten free, … Continue reading

  

FreeFrom things we’d love but never get!

24Aug

FreeFrom biscuits at the hairdressers?

The FreeFrom Eating out Awards are in progress so if you are a food service company you still have a week or so to enter. You can do so online here: . Each year we meet to judge the entrants … Continue reading

  

What allergy live on MarlowFM radio

21Aug

MarlowFM radio station

Just a very quick blog to let you know that I am going to be joining Phil Hawthorn, DJ extraordinaire, live on MarlowFM radio on Monday morning, 11am on 24th August. We’ll be talking about all things allergy related so … Continue reading

  

Why a2 milk gives me nightmares

20Aug

Who doesn't love a topless hunk but really? This product is for people with health issues

Ever heard of A2 milk? Those of you in the allergy and dairy intolerant community may well have come across it. It is a new type of milk created in New Zealand where the A1 milk protein has been bred … Continue reading

  

Cater for allergies and gluten free? Make my day!

15Aug

FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2014 winners

There are a growing number of restaurants, pubs and cafes who are happy and willing to cater for the allergic and gluten free community but we need more. Just yesterday I met a guy who is opening a freefrom deli … Continue reading

  

Wheat or gluten free beer at the CAMRA beer festival?

10Aug

Montys gluten free beer

I’m asking a question here because I’m not quite sure. I’m planning a visit to London with colleagues tomorrow and received this very helpful response from CAMRA about whether there would be any wheat and/or gluten free beers available. Last … Continue reading

  

To ‘bold’ oats or not to ‘bold’ oats – that is the question

9Aug

Nairns don't bold oats in their labelling

Hot on the heals of my last blog about oats, gluten and allergen labelling I had a look at some of the oat based products in my larder and others online. It would seem that there is a split in … Continue reading

  

Irritant and SLS free shampoos for eczema skin – an update

7Aug

Organic Babies body wash and shampoo  by Green People

At the beginning of this year I started my search for the perfect shampoo for my eczema scalp and sensitive skin. It seemed that this was no easy task. Read “10 shampoos for dry scalps, sensitive skin and eczema” here … Continue reading

  

Is gluten an allergen and do oats contain gluten?

6Aug

Oats do not contain gliadin, the protein in gluten containing cereals.  It does contain avenin and can cause problems for some coeliacs.

At the recent judging session for FreeFrom Eating out Awards we had a heated discussion about oats and whether they came under the Top 14 allergens banner. I thought that oats were not in the Top 14 allergens but others … Continue reading

  

Please don’t butter the mushrooms…

31Jul

Mushrooms fried in rape seed oil - no butter in sight

I love mushrooms but I can rarely eat them outside my own kitchen because every chef on the planet seems to cook them in butter. But a fried breakfast just isn’t a fried breakfast without mushrooms. To me, mushrooms fried … Continue reading

  

Why my allergies make me a super being

29Jul

With trusty adrenaline by his side the allergy super being is indestructible

One day you’ll look back and wish you’d had allergies like me because my immune system makes me super human. They give me the power to eradicate the common cold within hours and I never get ill (oh the irony… … Continue reading

  

Surviving three VERY different weddings with allergies

27Jul

Normal wedding catering - not freefrom by any stretch of the imagination

This year we were invited to three very different weddings. One involving a walk in the Lake District and a riotous Ceilidh in the evening, one involving camping and outdoor entertainment and one traditional wedding at a hotel venue. What … Continue reading

  

ITV news, allergen regs and a FreeFrom cafe

24Jul

Me outside ITN Studios before the filming

The allergen regulations came into play in December 2014, almost six months ago, so food service businesses have had quite some time to get ready for the allergic community. There was plenty of warning before the regulations came into effect … Continue reading

  

Soft, luxurious pyjamas for eczema skin

23Jul

Copper Clothing ladies pyjamas - great for eczema skin

This month I’ve been testing some very interesting copper infused super soft fabric ladies pyjamas with amazing health giving benefits. If you have eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or sensitive dry skin then this blog post is for you. Anyone with eczema … Continue reading

  

Milk and peanut allergy patch – potential cure?

20Jul

Could there be a cure for peanut and dairy allergy? Those of us with one or multiple allergies often dream of a world where our allergies could be cured forever but it’s a long way off. We all know that … Continue reading

  

Milk in cooked chicken? Dairy allergy alert

14Jul

This is really a little mini rant for my Mum who recently braved the ‘catering for the allergic girl’ challenge. She’s pretty good at it now but almost fell foul to hidden dairy in cooked chicken. What is it even … Continue reading

  

Working, speaking and eating at the Allergy Show 2015

14Jul

Free From Skincare Awards at the Allergy Show 2015

This year’s Allergy Show went by in such a blur of activity I cannot believe I still didn’t manage to speak to and visit all the stands I’d ear-marked for attention. It was heaving and sometimes you just had to … Continue reading

  

Is depression an allergic reaction to inflammation?

2Jul

Just a very quick blogette for you today. I saw this, which is actually not new news, it was reported in January this year but still merits attention. New research has discovered that some depression is caused by an allergic … Continue reading

  

Exciting FreeFrom range – available at Holland & Barrett

29Jun

Just some of the new range of freefrom products available at Holland & Barrett stores

You may have seen my recent blog about the launch of the new Holland & Barrett More store in Chester. Oh how I wish I lived in Chester – the new More Store there is A-Mazing. It is like an … Continue reading

  

Our story – allergy and anaphylaxis – the first diagnosis – by Karen and Ian Connell

23Jun

3 yo JoJo supporting Allergy UK - diagnosed anaphylactic to nuts

This is Ian and Karen’s story, about how they discovered their little three year old daughter was allergic to nuts and getting that first anaphylaxis diagnosis… Ian tells the story about how something so simple as feeding the birds started … Continue reading

  

Beware Stork WITH butter – NOT dairy free

22May

Stork Original is Dairy free but don't buy the new Stork with butter

Apart from being a very tall, long legged wading bird, Stork is every dairy allergics kitchen saviour when making pastry or cookies; it means you don’t need butter at all but can still make fantastic pies and baked goods. Pastry … Continue reading

  

Win some delicious gluten free Artisan Bread!

20May

Gluten, wheat and dairy free bread from the Artisan Bread company

You have until the end of play today to win yourself some delicious, totally natural, gluten and wheat free bread from the Artisan Bread company. Gluten, wheat and dairy free Artisan bread This bread has been one of the best … Continue reading

  

My Coeliac Awareness Week 2015 top 5 roundup

13May

Is it Coeliac disease? Coeliac awareness week

This week is Coeliac Awareness Week, 11th- 17th May, and everyone is blogging about it. Just visit twitter and search for #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek. Now since I don’t have coeliac disease I thought I’d share the best blogs that I’ve seen from … Continue reading

  

Free tickets to the Allergy Show London 2015

12May

Get your free tickets to the Allergy Show London 2015

Download your FREE tickets to The Allergy Show London, 3-5 July 2015 today. Get your free tickets to the Allergy Show London 2015 And start planning your day now because there is more going on this year than ever before. … Continue reading

  

The A word… on anaphylaxis, allergies

5May

The A Word - Living with allergies and anaphylaxis  #LivingInFear

After the flurry of blogs that filled Allergy Awareness Week last week, I am reflecting on why I write. There are many reasons, including to share stuff I’ve learnt, help others and as a therapy; the latter being very high … Continue reading

  

8 Of The Strangest Allergy Cures Form Around The World

5May

8 Of The Strangest Allergy Cures Form Around The World

Just a little light relief for you today, with some allergy cures. I know, I know, we all get fed up with all the people we meet who have such great advice for us that will surely cure us for … Continue reading

  

The FreeFrom Food Award celebrations #FreeFromRocks

26Apr

FreeFrom Food Awards 2015

On Wednesday 22nd April the FreeFrom community waited with baited breath to discover which delicious freefrom products won their categories but most of all, who won the much coveted title of FreeFrom Food Awards overall winner. The FreeFrom Food Awards … Continue reading

  

On not living in fear because no one should have to…

25Apr

It's Allergy Awareness Week so I wanted to talk about living with fear

Nobody should be living in fear, it’s not a nice place to be. Believe me, I’ve been there. I have spent years too frightened to eat out. Scared people will laugh at me or think I’m a freak. Fearful that … Continue reading

  

A must-read book for every coeliac

23Apr

Coeliac Disease - what you need to know by Alez Gazzola

This week I have been mostly reading ‘Coeliac Disease – What you need to know’ by Alex Gazzola. This book is truly a must-read for all coeliacs. If you haven’t read it, buy it today. You won’t regret it. This … Continue reading

  

Win a Nairns oakcake tin AND some oatcakes!

22Apr

Win a Nairns oakcake tin and some oatcakes

Allergy Awareness Week just keeps on getting better and better. Today you have the chance to win yourself one of the new Nairns oakcake tins so you’ll never find a dead one crumbled in the bottom of your bag ever … Continue reading

  

Have a Free From Feast on 12th June 2015

21Apr

Have your own Free From Feast on 12th June 2015

Allergy UK are holding our annual Free From Feast event on Friday 12th June 2015 to help raise awareness of the charity and funds to support the work they do. Have your own Free From Feast on 12th June 2015 … Continue reading

  

What’s coming up for allergy awareness week?

17Apr

AllergyUK #LivingInFear Allergy Awareness Week press campaign

This year Allergy Awareness Week runs from 20th to 26th April and there are loads of ways to get involved. I have been neglecting my blog these past few months (sorry!) but I’m easing myself back in. Circumstances outside my … Continue reading

  

Twitter free-from Forum, Tue 14th April at 11am

7Apr

Don’t miss this Twitter free-from forum next Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 11am It will last approximately one hour, from 11 – 12 am. There are two hot topics up for discussion: How can the allergen regulations be communicated more effectively … Continue reading

  

Finally, gluten free corn flakes and honey flakes

20Mar

Finally, #glutenfree corn flakes and honey flakes from nestle

This month, thanks to Nestle, I’ve been trying out their new gluten free honey flakes for breakfast. Finally, #glutenfree corn flakes and honey flakes from Nestle They also now make Gluten Free Corn Flakes so if you are coeliac or … Continue reading

  

100 unknown chefs and me on Radio 5 Live

18Mar

Michel Roux tweeted me about allergen regs

If you didn’t read my rant last week in response to the Telegraph article about the letter from 100 top chefs up in arms about the new allergen regulations, where have you been? Social media has been buzzing with irate … Continue reading

  

Tangle teezer helped heal scalp eczema

16Mar

Who would have thought that a simple brush would help so much in the healing of my scalp eczema. I have tried everything from various lovely new natural shampoos, rhassoul clay shampoo, organic scalp oils etc. and whilst these all … Continue reading

  

Top chefs attack new EU regulations on allergens in food

10Mar

Is the only really safe thing to eat in a pub a bag of ready salted crisps?

Well this morning the allergic community has been up in arms at recent coverage of the new EU regulations about food allergens. You can read the whole article here in the Telegraph, “EU chefs attack new EU regulations in allergens … Continue reading

  

Healthy wheat free bread roundup #GF #WF #DF #EF

5Mar

Gluten, wheat and dairy free bread from the Artisan Bread company

Have you ever looked at the ingredient’s list on gluten free bread and wept for just a simple bread with flour, water,salt and yeast? It seems impossible to achieve and although there are now some amazing gluten free breads on … Continue reading

  

Shame on you JK Rowling – asthma is normal, not funny

2Mar

Have you seen JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy recently on TV? The character called Colin Wall (Simon McBurney) who was portrayed as a weak, over-stressed weirdo who had asthma and was always puffing on his inhaler, made my blood boil. … Continue reading

  

10 things only eczema people do

2Mar

I loved this blog post by Deborah Cicurel for Metro.co.uk, “17 things you’ll only know if you have eczema”. It made me smile because I do most of those things and because it’s good to smile about our trials and … Continue reading

  

10 things only eczema people do

2Mar

I loved this blog post by Deborah Cicurel for Metro.co.uk, “17 things you’ll only know if you have eczema”. It made me smile because I do most of those things and because it’s good to smile about our trials and … Continue reading

  

Pure Taste, London – gluten & dairy free – 9/10

27Feb

Cured bass with rhubarb. leaves and flowers #DF #WF #EG #NF #SF

I think I have found a new favourite restaurant. In fact I know I have. Pure Taste is not only totally gluten free but also completely dairy free as well, so before you even start looking at the menu that’s … Continue reading

  

FreeFrom Food Awards shortlist is out… my highlights may differ

17Feb

Really scrummy, nicely seasons fish cakes

Earlier this year it was that time of year when I get on my FreeFrom Food Awards disguise and hot footed it to Foods Matter Towers for some very secret food tasting. Before I get started you will be delighted … Continue reading

  

Dear E45, why don’t your adverts feature any dry or eczema skin?

9Feb

Eczema on face

Dear E45 I have eczema. I might be your perfect customer had I not already tried E45 and found it made my skin worse due to presence of lanolin. Lanolin, a known skin irritant, yet it’s found in E45 for … Continue reading

  

Brasserie Blanc with allergies – 9.5/10 for service and safety

6Feb

No Thank You Brasserie Blanc for 101/10 allergen friendly service

My favourite freefrom friendly restaurant so far for 2015 has to be Brasserie Blanc. Last year it was The Alford Arms in Frithsden, who won the FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014. Check out Alford Arms Wins FreeFrom Eating Out Awards … Continue reading

  

Pros and Cons of washing hair with rhassoul clay

5Feb

Making rhassoul clay shampoo

I have been washing my hair with rhassoul clay now for about a month. Not every time as it is more time consuming but it does work. Mix two tablespoons of rhassoul clay with cold water and mix to a … Continue reading

  

What’s in the allergic girl’s handbag?

21Jan

What is in the Allergic Girl WhatAllergy's beautiful 100% leather satchel

What do you never leave home without? I am one of those people with a Mary Poppin’s type bag, inside which I carry around everything but the kitchen sink. Sometimes I wish I could leave the house with nothing, but … Continue reading

  

Perfumed sanitary products cause irritation to sensitive skin

20Jan

Just a note of caution to the ladies out there, men you can all look away now. I’m talking about the dreaded monthlies. The builder’s are in. Stop reading now if you are a squeamish man who doesn’t do ladies … Continue reading

  

Rhassoul clay shampoo for dry, itchy eczema scalp

19Jan

Rhassoul clay - Image from Natural Spa Supplies

If you have eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin and/or a dry flaky scalp then you are probably familiar with the constant search for that perfect shampoo. The solution to all your dry itchy scalp woes and an end to all those … Continue reading

  

We need to see disabilities and allergies as normal

16Jan

On 13th January Newsnight featured a segment on disabilities in acting and film making. The debate focused on criticism of the recent Stephen Hawking film, ‘The Theory of Everything’ where the lead part of Stephen is played by Eddie Redmayne. … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: the puddings (part four)

15Jan

The freefrom puddings on the menu during our stay at Ravenstone Manor

Eating out with multiple allergies is not easy. Puddings are something ‘normal’ people eat, not us allergy types. We are quite content with a sorbet, if it’s dairy free which increasingly they are not so always check. But we usually … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: the puddings (part four)

15Jan

The freefrom puddings on the menu during our stay at Ravenstone Manor

Eating out with multiple allergies is not easy. Puddings are something ‘normal’ people eat, not us allergy types. We are quite content with a sorbet, if it’s dairy free which increasingly they are not so always check. But we usually … Continue reading

  

How often should you shower if you have eczema or dry sensitive skin?

14Jan

If you have eczema, psoriasis or dry and sensitive skin you will no doubt have discovered that frequent bathing and showing strips what moisture and oil your skin might have and leaves you feeling tight and dry and needing to … Continue reading

  

Taste testing flax milk – totally freefrom plant milk

12Jan

Flax milk in coffee - delicious, doesn't split and makes a nice colour

This week I’ve been testing 3omega6 Flax milk which I really love. 3 Omega 6 Dairy free Flax drink is Dairy Free, Soya Free, Cholesterol Free, GMO Free, Lactose Free and Gluten Free 3-Omega-6 Dairy-free Flax drink is also packed … Continue reading

  

Lush (not so lush) Dream Wash = skin irritation

9Jan

Lush Dream Wash - irritated my skin.  Not great for eczema

I have used Lush dream wash before many times. I would say it was one of the few washes that I could use that didn’t irritate my skin, so either I’m now more sensitive or they’ve changed the recipe. I … Continue reading

  

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?

8Jan

Thanks to my friend Andy for sharing this link to an article from the Guardian, “Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?”, which explores recent research and the views of many scientists who believe that depression is increasingly a result … Continue reading

  

2015 Free From Skincare Awards opens 2nd Feb

7Jan

FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2015

It’s that time of year again with the FreeFrom awards kick off again. If you have eczema, psoriasis, rosacia or sensitive skin or are just looking for some lovely natural skincare products check out their website and follow the awards … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: the mains (part three)

5Jan

Duck with black pudding on a bed of herb mashed potato

This is the third part in my write up of Ravenstone Manor in Bassenthwaite in the Lake District. I stayed there with my husband for a week last year and the food was amazing. I had so much to say … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: The starters (part two)

4Jan

Gluten and wheat free bread roll

If you haven’t read the introduction to Ravenstone Manor visit, “Ravenstone Manor in the Lakes – an allergen free dream come true”, start there first, then come back to read about the starters. I have so much to say that … Continue reading

  

10 shampoos for dry scalps, sensitive skin and eczema

3Jan

Dr Organic Aloe Vera shampoo

Anyone with dry sensitive skin will know that using the wrong shampoo can cause an itcy, dry, flaky scalp which is painful, frustrating and can get infected. Anti-Dandruff shampoo isn’t always the answer but you might think it would be … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor in the Lakes – an allergen free dream come true

2Jan

Ravenstone Manor in the Lake District - totally gluten free

I don’t even know where to start telling you all about this amazing hotel. Ravenstone Manor nestles under Skiddaw mountain in Bassenthwaite near Keswick in the Lake District. We love the lakes, so the location was perfect for mountain biking … Continue reading

  

Freefrom highlights 2014 – living with multiple allergies

1Jan

Happy New year from everyone at What Allergy head quarters (that’ll be me then). 2014 has been an amazing year; I’ve learnt loads, not just about myself and my own allergic reactions but I continue to learn so much from … Continue reading

  

Can you eat mini cheddars?

23Dec

Can't eat mini cheddars - got a dairy allergy

Do you ever feel the steam rising when people who know you have allergies keep on offering you unsuitable snacks or foods? I think it’s just an instinctive sharing thing, I think people don’t mean to make you want to … Continue reading

  

A fibrous diet may benefit people with asthma

20Dec

High fibre diet could help improve asthma symptoms

Asthma is known to affect millions of people worldwide. It can be triggered by various environmental factors including dust mites, animal fur, smoke and even pollen. For asthmatic patients, the airways in the lungs are very sensitive to irritation and … Continue reading

  

If being obese is a disability so is having allergies

18Dec

I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing on the news today, that being fat can constitute a disability. The EU court ruling means bosses of obese staff who meet the criteria of the ruling would have to provide them … Continue reading

  

The Best Anti-Allergen Bedding

18Dec

No one wants to be beset by coughing, sneezing, breathing difficulties and a feeling of general malaise; although unfortunately nowadays it seems that more and more people every year are being affected by allergies. Although animal-based allergies are very common, … Continue reading

  

Ten brilliant gift ideas for people with eczema, allergies

15Dec

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With only a few shopping days till Christmas this blog is a little late but you still have time. So what do you buy for someone who has to eat only special nut and dairy free chocolate, has sensitive skin … Continue reading

  

The Alford Arms wins FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

10Dec

FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014

This has been a bit of a whirlwind year for me, what with eating out in Copenhagen and Birmingham and now as a roving judge for the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2014 which were announced in November at Food Matters … Continue reading

  

The ultimate freefrom advent calendar – no chocolate

8Dec

The ultimate freefrom Calendar

I have a bugbear about Christmas at the moment and that is chocolate advent calendars. What is this obsession with chocolate or treat filled calendars? We never had these when I was a kid (showing my age there); instead we … Continue reading

  

Not fussy, I just have allergies

7Dec

What gets me is those people who will say, “Steak WITH cheese sauce please. I can eat EVERYTHING.” They say this after I have ordered mine, checking they don’t ‘butter the steak’, requesting no sauce, and checking whether the mushrooms … Continue reading

  

8 benefits of oxygen therapy #eczema #asthma

5Dec

I’ve been having oxygen therapy now for a couple of months so what have I found? Has it helped? What are the benefits? Well I’m going, once a week now, so that tells you something. Full of energy – Straight … Continue reading

  

BBC Breakfast filming about new allergen labelling laws

4Dec

Filming with BBC Breakfast about new allergen labelling laws

Today I have been filming with Graham Satchell of the BBC for a feature about the new allergen labelling regulations which will become law on the 13th December. You can find out more on the Food Standards Agency website. Filming … Continue reading

  

Allergic to Chestnut – nut allergy or latex allergy?

28Nov

Nut, gluten, wheat, dairy, soya free chocolate sponge

Should you eat chestnuts if you have a peanut or tree nut allergy? I’ve researched and written about this before and chestnuts aren’t really nuts in the true sense so could be alright for some people with nut allergies, but … Continue reading

  

Beware of flu vaccine if you have a latex allergy

17Nov

Anyone who has asthma may be familiar with the invitation for a flu vaccine. If you are higher risk, ie. the elderly, unwell or people who have asthma or breathing problems there is a chance of complications if you do … Continue reading

  

What Allergy nominated for UK Blog Awards – vote before 1st December

15Nov

UK blog Awards

I know, I know, you’re already fed up with my bleating on about winning the Best FreeFrom Blogger Award (I am really rather proud of that), but I have also been accepted into the UK Blog Awards 2015 which is … Continue reading

  

Protopic addiction – can’t reduce the dose

15Nov

Protopic immune suppresant

I think I’m addicted to Protopic. There, I’ve said it. I’ve been using Protopic now since July this year, just four months, and in that time I feel transformed. It really has completely changed the way I look, the way … Continue reading

  

What allergy wins Free From People’s Choice Award

12Nov

What allergy wins Best FreeFrom Blogger People's Choice Foods You Can Award 2014

Well yesterday I got some VERY amazing news. Thanks to all of you for voting for What allergy? in the Foods You Can FreeFrom People’s Choice Awards 2014, I actually WON the Best FreeFrom Blogger Award for 2014. The best … Continue reading

  

What Allergy? in Mail on Sunday – newspaper who brand us all paranoid

7Nov

Right you lot, I normally don’t recommend anyone to buy the Daily Mail in any form. If it was the only newspaper on the shelves I would probably walk on by hissing and spitting at it. I still haven’t quite … Continue reading

  

Hidden milk and lactic acid in salami meat

6Nov

Salami is meat, right? It shouldn’t have milk in it. To find out whether it might it helps to understand how it’s made. It involves making a paste of meat, generally pork and beef. Then salt, spices etc. are added … Continue reading

  

Ordering a gluten free meal on a BA flight – disappointing!

6Nov

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This is a hot topic in the allergy world, flying with allergies. I have a very interesting blog here from my friend Jaqui who recently flew to the good-ol-US-of-A for a holiday of a lifetime. She asked me for advice … Continue reading

  

We’ve had 2 million views – thank you all!

3Nov

Thank you from whatallergy.com

Incredible news, hot off the press. This is just a short blog post because I think it’s pretty cool. You and over two million other allergy and eczema people have read this blog. WOW! Over Two Million people have visiting … Continue reading

  

Always check food labels – Sainsbury’s prawn crackers contain milk!

28Oct

Marks & Spencers dairy free prawn crackers

Recently I ate some prawn crackers. I love prawn crackers. They are one of those snacks which I can often enjoy because prawn crackers are gluten, wheat and dairy free. Woo Hoo. They do contain fish and egg so are … Continue reading

  

Free From Cake and Baking Course in Chesham – 4th Nov

21Oct

Learn to make freefrom cakes at The Perfect Retreat in Chesham

                    If you want to learn how to make cakes like these… Then you need to book yourself a place on Lucia’s Free From Baking Allergen Free course on 4th November. … Continue reading

  

Free tickets to the Allergy Show Liverpool

21Oct

Allergy Show Liverpool

Calling all freefromers up North. I know you’re out there! If you are free this weekend and live in or near Liverpool then you should make it down to the BT Convention Centre to The Allergy Show North. You can … Continue reading

  

Premier Inn Hotel, NEC airport Birmingham – 7/10

15Oct

Now this year has been a bit of a roller coaster when it comes to eating out. I have been forced, by circumstance rather than me actually being brave, to venture out into the real world of eating out. First … Continue reading

  

Anaphylaxis Campaign 20 years celebration

13Oct

Anaphylaxis Campaign Logo

The Anaphylaxis Campaign has now been going for 20 years and have achieved so much in that time. I remember reading about the charity in the Telegraph, some months after my first serious anaphylactic reaction and feeling complete panic hearing … Continue reading

  

Get a slow cooker – easy free from meals

9Oct

Roast chicken in slow cooker

One my favourite things in the kitchen is my slow cooker. We’ve had it for years and it’s a huge one. Sometimes I wish we’d got a smaller version but it just means I have loads of leftovers to freeze … Continue reading

  

Back from the BSACI – Un-met need in allergy services

1Oct

BSACI Annual Meeting 2014

Back from the B.S. Back from the B.S. Back from the BSACI. This weekend I was in Telford at the annual BSACI conference. The BSACI is the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and they organise an annual meeting, … Continue reading

  

Please vote for What Allergy? in the Free-From People’s Choice Awards

30Sep

Please vote for What Allergy? in the FreeFrom Food People's Choice Awards 2014

I am absolutely delighted to announce that What Allergy? has been accepted as a nominee in the Free From People’s Choice Awards run by Foods You Can. You get one vote each in different categories like best freefrom supermarket, best … Continue reading

  

Fund raise with freefrom cake at The Perfect Retreat

26Sep

The best freefrom cafe in the world, The Perfect Retreat in Chesham, Bucks

Remember the blog post last month with that amazing freefrom chocolate cake I had at The Perfect Retreat in Chesham? The best freefrom cafe in the world, The Perfect Retreat in Chesham, Bucks Well if you’re looking for an excuse … Continue reading

  

Allergic to bad grammar – laughing about allergies

24Sep

Are you allergic to bad grammar? Me too!

Being a writer and a bit of a grammar pedant this cartoon made me laugh, probably more so because I am all three, an allergic writer who is pedanatic about grammar. I saw it on Facebook last week and just … Continue reading

  

Why are oxygen chambers so effective at healing?

23Sep

Why does going in the chamber work better than sitting on the wall breathing O2? Henry’s Law states that a liquid can hold a certain quantity of gas at a given pressure. If you increase the outside pressure then the … Continue reading

  

Oxygen therapy for eczema and allergies

21Sep

Oxygenchamber

This week I’ve been doing something very peculiar. I’ve been diving to great depths, but not the kind of diving that involves water. I’ve just started an intensive month of oxygen therapy at The Chilterns MS Centre in Halton. Before … Continue reading

  

Win a pair of eczema friendly soothe bamboo pyjamas for adults

19Sep

Soothe bamboo pajamas for eczema

To celebrate National Eczema Week the amazing people at Everything for Eczema have offered you lot a chance to win a pair of these amazing SOOTHE bamboo pyjamas, made especially for adults with eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. If you have … Continue reading

  

Living with Eczema book, Mom asks, Doctor answers

17Sep

Living with Eczema book by Marcie Mom

You know how it is. If you’re lucky you’re actually seeing a specialist dermatologist but most of you are probably going backwards and forwards to your GP, desperate to find answers, always leaving with more questions than you arrived with. … Continue reading

  

How Protopic for eczema changed my life

15Sep

How Protopic healed my facial eczema

Protopic is an ointment for treating eczema but it’s not a steroid, instead it is an immunosuppressant containing Tacrolimus, so it doesn’t have the negative side effects that even weak steroids have like thinning of the skin and steroid withdrawal … Continue reading

  

Allergic to wheat? List of wheat free lager and real ale

14Sep

I’m really doing this for myself as a reference because I have a wheat allergy and love of real ale – not always a good combination. I plan to contact the brewers to find out if their draft beer is … Continue reading

  

Talk Health Online Clinic on Skin Conditions

14Sep

10 Eczema secrets your doctor won't tell you about

If you’ve got a skin condition you might be interested in this TalkHealth Online Clinic on Skin Conditions. This month sees the opening of their Skin Conditions Clinic. The clinic is open now for pre-clinic questions & the experts will … Continue reading

  

Win Pure Potions Skin Salvation Bath and Body Oil

13Sep

Win your free sample of Pure Potions Skin Salvation Bath and Body Oil

Because it’s National Eczema (Awareness) Week, all you lovely What Allergy? readers have the chance to win yourself a free bottle of Skin Salvation Bath and Body Oil. Yes that’s FREE! This is what you could win… Win a free … Continue reading

  

National Eczema Week 2014 is just around the corner

11Sep

Next week is National Eczema Week 2014 so I will endeavour to produce a whole week’s worth of eczema blogs to whet your appetite and scare your eczema into submission. Apologies to those who don’t have eczema but do have … Continue reading

  

What Allergy? voted in the top 10 Health blogs in the UK

9Sep

What Allergy voted 4th in Top 10 UK Health blogs

Very quick blog post today, I am just back from an amazing week’s holiday in Dorset (hence the radio silence) in a self-catering cottage, just me, my notepad, writing my novel and lots of books to read. I went on … Continue reading

  

The Perfect Retreat – freefrom cafe in Chesham, Bucks, UK

29Aug

Wheat, gluten, soya, dairy and nut free cake! at the perfect retreat in Chesham, Bucks

The Perfect Retreat allergy friendly cafe in Chesham, Buckinghamshire is possibly my favourite cafe in the world EVER because you can get wheat, dairy, soya, egg and nut free cakes which taste amazing. Lucia, who runs this little cafe with … Continue reading

  

Vodka made from milk? – dairy allergy #milkallergy

29Aug

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka

This week I heard about an amazing new product being made in Dorset with whey from grass grazed cow’s milk. I can’t drink milk because I’ve got a dairy allergy so I was only half listening, but when I realised … Continue reading

  

Help the Anaphylaxis Campaign make life-saving short film

28Aug

Anaphylaxis Campaign Logo

The Anaphylaxis Campaign are making a film to help raise awareness of the stigmas surrounding anaphylaxis and encourage more young people to carry their adrenaline auto injector around with them at all times. A recent study proved that many were … Continue reading

  

iPads can cause nickel allergy

28Aug

Are you allergic to nickel in your iPad

If you have a nickel allergy then you probably know the main things to avoid like metal objects, coins, zips, studs on clothes, jewellery, certain foods even. The list of things containing nickel is endless but had you ever considered … Continue reading

  

Hazel nuts and country walks – nut allergy alert

25Aug

Hazel nuts picked on a country walk

This is something I had never ever considered as a danger. After all, I’m an adult, I won’t be picking up nuts from the floor so I’ll be fine, right? We are also not in the habit of holding hands, … Continue reading

  

Is coffee making me wheeze?

23Aug

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 … Continue reading

  

Wheat, soya, rye, barley and corn in your filter coffee!

22Aug

Is there wheat, barley, rye, corn and soya in your filter coffee?

I’ve been thinking a lot about coffee lately and drinking a lot of coffee lately. I always grind up my own coffee beans as I KNOW that instant and ground coffee affects me. Not always, but sometimes I get a … Continue reading

  

Beware of Spanish Romesco sauce – contains nuts and wheat!

22Aug

I love a bit of food porn, which is what I call my fascination with cookery programmes despite the fact that nearly every recipe on TV is laced with allergens that I can’t eat. I think in some way I’m … Continue reading

  

Itchy palms of soles of feet – is this a sign of an allergy?

22Aug

coffee allergy

Just this week I’ve noticed something strange has been happening. When you have allergies and eczema you get used to that – makes life interesting (Not!). So this is the thing. The palms of my hands and the soles of … Continue reading

  

The day after the beer festival with a wheat allergy

15Aug

Beer soap at the Great British Beer Festival 2014 - not much #GF beer though

Well I braved the beer bellies and crowds of men and had a hoot at the Great British Beer Festival. I did indeed find ‘the only gluten free beer at the beer feestival’ and enjoyed quite a lot of Stringers … Continue reading

  

Emerade adrenaline auto injectors are in stock

14Aug

My Emerade adrenaline auto-injector in this months prescription

Social media and even the tabloid press have been covering news that some adrenaline auto injectors are having stock problems, some have even been out of stock, which is a big worry if yours has expired or even worse, you’ve … Continue reading

  

Wheat allergy and the wheat harvest – house bound!

8Aug

Living opposite a wheat field during harvest time - wheat allergy

It’s harvest time. The wind is blowing in swirling sweeps and the sun is shining and I am inside with the windows closed. This is because I’m allergic to wheat or just the sheer amount of dust in the air. … Continue reading

  

Five alluminium and paraben free natural deodorants

4Aug

Pitrok natural crystal deodorant

What deodorant do you wear if you have sensitive skin? Some high street anti-perspirants can be too harsh and irritate dry or sensitive skin, especially if you have eczema but there are quite a few natural alternatives out there. Even … Continue reading

  

How to crash your blog’s server – half a million hits!

31Jul

Half a million hits in one hour on whatallergy.com

First of all I would like to apologise to anyone who tried to access this blog on the evening of 29th July and the morning of 30th July. It appeared that whatallergy.com had been suspended. But why? I was worried. … Continue reading

  

Will there be gluten free beer at the Great British Beer Festival?

31Jul

Great British Beer Festival 2014

Great British Beer Festival 2014 – just ONE gluten free bottled beer available If you have coeliac disease or are allergic to wheat you will no doubt know that finding suitable beer is not easy, so you might not think … Continue reading

  

Allergens in the bedroom: How to control them

28Jul

Dust mite allergens in the bedroom

Lurking in your bedroom, dust mites thrive in bedding, carpets, flooring and rugs Life can be exceptionally annoying if one suffers from allergic reactions. A trip to a friend’s house becomes marred by an absurd amount of coughing and spluttering, … Continue reading

  

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