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A blog about allergies and associated conditions.

Ask our experts your questions about allergies

4Feb

allergies, hayfever, childrens allergy, anapylaxis

From today until 15 February 2019, we are running an Online Clinic on Allergies. Medical experts will be available to answer questions throughout this time. We are delighted that Green People and Imutest are sponsoring the clinic. The clinic is … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 28 September 2018

28Sep

It’s been another busy week at talkhealth but that hasn’t prevented us from monitoring news from the world of health. Our topics this time include sleep, allergies and weight loss. We always welcome your views so why not air them … Continue reading

  

Anxiety and itching

17Aug

They tell you that eczema is caused by stress and there is some truth in that, but it’s not the only cause. There are so many triggers, including food, environmental factors, airborne allergens, soap, skincare products, heat, cold and I … Continue reading

  

A letter to the NHS… no more antihistamines?

13May

Why prescription prepayment certificates are a good idea

This week I had a call from a lovely lady at my local doctors surgery to tell me that I would no longer be able to get anti-histamines on prescription. Just an average month of prescriptions for the allergic girl … Continue reading

  

Asthma and the allergy link

11May

Recently I was invited to speak on BBC West Midlands radio about a recent report detailing the number of deaths caused by asthma in the UK. It makes for pretty shocking reading… UK asthma death rates among the worst in … Continue reading

  

10 more new tips to help you stop scratching eczema

1May

Pure Potions skin salvation

I’ve talked about this in a previous blog post, 30 tips to help you stop scratching but there is one really important factor in all this and that’s you. If you have things in your life that are stressing you, … Continue reading

  

Mindful scratching – can it help eczema?

23Mar

The Eczema Solution by Sue Armstrong-Brown

Before I begin I strongly believe that berating a person for scratching their is the worst kind of well meaning advice. Trust me, if you have eczema and it’s in full force, you cannot stop scratching. And sometimes that is … Continue reading

  

Living in a house full of nuts

18Mar

The lonely peanut, By Ruth Holroyd

And I don’t mean the people are crazy… haha, I mean nuts, particularly peanuts make an appearance on a regular basis where I’m living at the moment. I did grow up in a house with peanuts; my father used to … Continue reading

  

5 protein-rich foods free of gluten

6Mar

Protein is a key component of a healthy diet and ensuring your daily meals include an ample amount should be a key focus if you’re looking to improve your health or levels of fitness. However, this can be made more … Continue reading

  

Are you addicted to Topical Steroids for your eczema?

2Jan

Eczema on hand and wrist

If you’ve been using topical steroids for your eczema for many years and are worried about overuse, please read this. When you get a flare up of eczema do you find that nothing helps except more steroids? Prurigo eczema on … Continue reading

  

Allergy fear-induced panic attack in a cafe…

31Dec

Beautiful place for an anxiety attack

Recently I experience he best of times and worst of times. It was a Saturday and I broke my ParkRun PB. I also broke a few of my rules for staying alive and faced some pretty starling side effects. I … Continue reading

  

Testing the new Dyson V8 with a dust allergy

30Dec

If you are very allergic to dust, cleaning the house is probably NOT your favourite job and you wouldn’t be alone. No one likes vacuuming… ha ha. So imagine how excited I was recently when I was given a Dyson … Continue reading

  

In response to Raymond Blanc on allergic diners

9Dec

Salted Beef salad with cabbage, gherkins and cournichons #freefreemTop14allergens

I’ve just read the recent article in the Daily Mail about Raymond’s Blanc’s issues with food allergic and intolerant diners. Salted Beef salad with cabbage, gherkins and cournichons from Brasserie Blanc I have always loved Raymond, not least because his … Continue reading

  

10 tips for dealing with rage, fear and anxiety about your allergies

3Dec

Word cloud courtesy of Worditout

First of all, you are not alone. The first thing you need to do, if you have a diagnosis for a serious life threatening allergy is to arm yourself with all the information you can. Get the best help, get … Continue reading

  

Wheat free, unprocessed, sprouted rye bread tested

1Dec

EverFresh Sprouted Rye Bread

For years I’ve been trying to eat less processed food and bread is one of the harder things to crack. I discovered EverFresh Sprouted Rye bread at Food Matters Live last week. (Thank you EverFresh for the free loaf to … Continue reading

  

The FreeFromers guide to Food Matters Live 2017

27Nov

New Push freefrom chocolate  coming soon in 2018

Food Matters Live is the UK’s first cross-sector event which brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition, to enable collaboration and innovation to support a sustainable food landscape for the future. … Continue reading

  

What anaphylaxis feels like and how to live with the fear

20Nov

Anaphylaxis - Fear of using auto-injector

I could probably write a whole book about this and maybe I will, but for now this is more about a kind of therapy for me. In September I ate out in a cafe in America and had the worst … Continue reading

  

talkhealth Allergy and Eczema research published in Mail On Sunday

3Nov

In September we ran a survey to see if patients suffering with eczema are more likely to also have allergies or sensitivity to foods such as eggs, nuts, diary and wheat. The aim of the research was to find out … Continue reading

  

New Survey Reveals Stress is Main Cause of IBS

30Oct

A new survey conducted by talkhealth1, on behalf of Enteromed, shows that stress, rather than food is the main cause of sufferers’ IBS – with 34% saying stress triggered their IBS. And almost 9 out of 10 (88%) said that … Continue reading

  

Don’t give up on me… I’m still here!

16Oct

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I feel so bad. I’ve been neglecting you all. But please rest assured I haven’t gone anywhere and I still have loads of plans for useful and helpul blogs all piling up just waiting to be written. Lots has been … Continue reading

  

Don’t give up on me… I’m still here!

16Oct

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I feel so bad. I’ve been neglecting you all. But please rest assured I haven’t gone anywhere and I still have loads of plans for useful and helpul blogs all piling up just waiting to be written. Lots has been … Continue reading

  

50% more people have hay fever this year

2Jul

I think you’ll all agree, this year has been an incredible summer so far. I love England in the sun, it’s like being on holiday and the feeling of the sun warming the skin is one of my favourite things. … Continue reading

  

KoKo Dairy free new nut warnings

16Jun

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It would seem that KoKo Dairy free have recently changed their packaging due to circumstances at their factory. I was made aware of this by someone on Instagram who was very quick to point out that I was wrong to … Continue reading

  

Manage your health with Patient support Programmes

16May

For those living with chronic health conditions, self-management is crucial for managing and controlling symptoms day to day. Protecting your own health is a responsibility that can require some help and guidance to ensure you pursue the right treatment for … Continue reading

  

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 FREE PRESCRIPTIONS – Action Against Allergy

5Apr

AAA support for coeliacs Action Against Allergy is giving its support to the campaign being co-ordinated by Coeliac UK to persuade the NHS to seek an alternative to their proposed withdrawal of prescriptions for the gluten free foods needed by … 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

  

Anaphylaxis Campaign – Orange Wig Day Friday 19 May 2017

30Mar

Living with severe allergies and being at risk of anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction) seriously affects the lives of those at risk. There is currently no cure or treatment to prevent anaphylaxis – instead people must learn … 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

  

THE GREAT PRETENDER

1Mar

My Freddie Mercury (again!) – originally by The Platters (way back) After receiving such great care from The Royal Derby Hospital, I completed an on-line form to be a Volunteer Patient, partly to ‘give back’ a little and also in … Continue reading

  

Introducing Action Against Allergy – our latest charity forum partnership

14Feb

talkhealth are excited to announce that we are now hosting the forums for the charity ‘Action Against Allergy’. Log on to the AAA forums to join the general discussion, view charity news and individual to talkhealth we are especially delighted to announce a forum … 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

  

Could microscopic worms help rebalance your biome?

8Feb

Autoimmune illnesses and allergies are becoming a more and more common occurrence. We regularly hear about people with food and seasonal allergies. Many of us know someone who suffers with migraines, Crohn’s disease or eczema. And the increase in the … 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

  

Ask the Expert: Children’s Skin Conditions

27Jan

Last week saw the launch of our latest venture – Ask the Expert. The one day clinic, which took place Wednesday 18th January, was the first in a series of Ask the Expert sessions which will run in partnership with … Continue reading

  

Caring for a child with eczema: Jasper’s story

17Jan

Looking after a child with severe eczema can be exhausting for parents as well as the child. There’s so much to consider, environment, clothes, weather, treatments, financial implications – the list goes on. Sorrel Ronan faces a relentless battle every … Continue reading

  

2017 New Year Resolutions… taking control!

3Jan

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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

  

‘WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?’

21Nov

Good old Freddie Mercury classic – ‘hitting the nail on the head’ brilliantly!  The one sure thing in life is that we’re all going to die – we’re all headed in the same direction – and yet it’s a subject … Continue reading

  

‘I’M STILL STANDING – (ME ‘N ELTON!)

19Oct

… And Breathing! Reasons to be cheerful – thanks to Derby Royal Hospital I finally was given the correct diagnosis and, importantly, excellent treatment from the team of Consultants in the Respiratory Clinic, which means my breathing is the best … 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

  

Food Allergies – Allergens in unexpected places

19May

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For some of us, eating or being exposed to certain types of food can cause our immune systems to act abnormally. Some of the most common allergic reactions to food can include an itchy mouth, outbreaks of hives or eczema, … 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 …