Blog

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

allergy

A blog about allergies and associated conditions.

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

  

Christmas 2014 – allergies and eczema

6Jan

MyItchyBoy allergen free sweets

A bumpy start to the holidays MyItchyBoy missed the last few days of term before the Christmas holidays as he was running a high temperature and was clearly not well. In an attempt to bring the temperature down, I gave … 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

  

Living With Damp and Mould, What Are The Health Risks?

16Dec

IMG_2508

My partner and I moved into our current flat in May and, in almost every area, we’ve been incredibly pleased with the move. This is why it was a little disappointing to find that traces of damp began to develop … Continue reading

  

Ten brilliant gift ideas for people with eczema, allergies

15Dec

:)

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

:(

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

  

Eczema: guilt-ridden, relentless helicoptering!

2Nov

Hard to relax with eczema kids

There has been much talk over the years of allergy parents being forced to become the much-mocked ‘helicopter’ parent out of necessity and panic over their child.  Watching everything your child eats and touches and is given to avoid an … 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

  

How we’re preparing for winter 2014 – Eczema & Allergies

24Oct

Keeping hands safe from eczema

This week is Indoor Allergy Week in the UK and comes at the time of year that we’re all starting to realise that winter really is on its way. I thought I’d share a few things that we’re doing to … 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

  

10 Tips for Travelling with an Allergic Child

7Oct

Travelling with an Allergic child

Here are my top 10 tips for travelling with an allergic child that I wanted to share after our experience of MyItchyBoy having an allergic reaction on holiday this summer: 1. Agree beforehand who is best equipped to deal with … Continue reading

  

Allergic Reaction on Holiday

7Oct

MyItchyBoy in France

Finding somewhere to take an atopic child on holiday is hard. For MyItchyBoy, it’s not just the food allergies, but eczema too. We have to find somewhere not too remote (proximity to medical services and availability of food), somewhere not … 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

  

Perceptions of living with a Skin Problem

3Sep

portrait of cute boy in the garden

Alongside our online clinics we run monthly surveys. August’s survey was on skin conditions. We wanted to find out about how living with a skin condition can affect someone’s life. From our results, we found that living with a skin … 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

  

Food Allergies survey results

13Aug

lacteos

From 9-15 April 2014 NHS Choices and talkhealth teamed up with Allergy Academy, Action Against Allergy, Allergy UK and MedicAlert to present an online clinic on food allergies. Alongside this, we ran a survey on food allergies. Most people who answered this … 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

  

Natural, paraben free sunscreens for sensitive skin

25Jul

:(

It’s official, it’s hot and I hope you are all enjoying this fantastic British summer weather. However if you have sensitive skin the sun and sunscreen can cause irritation, rashes, hives and prickly heat. Many sun blocks contain parabens, perfume … Continue reading

  

Can you be allergic to loom bands? Contain latex!

25Jul

The latest craze to sweep across Britain’s playgrounds is loom bands, shooting to even higher fame after a lady sold a loom band dress made from thousands of the little loops for £170,100 plus £7 postage! Now that is insane! … Continue reading

  

Beware of disintegrating labels – allergen labelling

23Jul

Aldi burger contains wheat flour

Now this is not a rant, I’m taking full blame for this latest ‘wheating’, but things went a bit wrong in the what allergy household when husband-who-was-trying-to-help offered to cook me some supper after I had just returned from doing … Continue reading

  

Struggling to stay cool in this heat? Hives? itchy skin?

18Jul

Aloe Up Pro 50 sunscreen

It’s that time of year when the temparatures soar and we all reach for the sunscreen and scuttle to the shade. Well those of us with sensitive skin anyway but sometimes the heat is just too much and the hives … Continue reading

  

Where do you feel safe eating out? FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014

14Jul

FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014

Dear Gluten-free and FreeFrom Bloggers and everyone out there with allergies, food intolerances, coeliac disease and food sensitivities – where do you go when you want to eat out safely? Who do you trust? The FreeFrom Eating out Awards wants … Continue reading

  

Allergy Show 2014 – My top twenty highlights

12Jul

Audience when speaking at Allergy show

I feel like I am finally coming down from a massive Allergy Show high, so it’s time to collect my thoughts and share my top twenty . It was going to be a top ten but I had too many. … Continue reading

  

The European Anaphylaxis Task Force – working for you!

11Jul

Interviewing Frans Timmermans of The Anaphylaxis Task Force

Before going to EAACI in June I had never even heard of the European Anaphylaxis Task Force but it does indeed exist and its aim is to establish a patient driven stakeholder platform across Europe. Frans Timmermans is the President … Continue reading

  

FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2014 – the winners!

11Jul

FreeFrom SkinCare Awards 2014

One of my top Allergy Show highlights was the third annual FreeFrom SkinCare Awards ceremony which took place hidden away in a room in the back corner of the exhibition hall in the Love Natural Love Organic show, which was … Continue reading

  

Last chance to get FREE tickets to the Allergy Show

3Jul

The Allergy & Free From Show sponsored by Udi’s gluten Free

Hello there #freefromers. This your last chance to download free tickets to the The Allergy & Free From Show sponsored by Udi’s gluten Free. The Allergy & Free From Show sponsored by Udi’s gluten Free It’s going to be a … Continue reading

  

Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards

27Jun

newsletter pic

talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, … Continue reading

  

FeelFree gluten, dairy, egg and soya free pasta

24Jun

FeelFree Gluten Free and dairy free pasta

This month I have been trying out the new gluten free pasta from FeelFree and I’ve been impressed. It’s made with corn so unfortunately not suitable for those of you with a corn sensitivity or allergy but that is all … Continue reading

  

7,800 allergy experts at EAACI 2014 – event review

20Jun

Me by the winning poster, needle length analysis

If you read my recent blogs about travelling to Copenhagen you may have noticed that I was attending the European Academy for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) congress as a journalist. It was almost like being famous, I got access … Continue reading

  

Instant emergency support for anaphylaxis – Alert 5 app

20Jun

iPhone and Android app for people with anaphylaxis

Alert5 is a very clever new iPhone app which alerts your friends, family and colleagues and the emergency services of your exact location using the GPS signals sent by your phone. The message it sends will let them know you … Continue reading

  

30 tips to help you stop scratching eczema

20Jun

The Eczema Solution by Sue Armstrong-Brown

Scratching is a horrible vicious cycle you cannot get out of when eczema gets bad. Here are some things that I’ve found have helped me to stop scratching, although stopping altogether is not always a realistic aim. If you are … Continue reading

  

2 weeks to The Allergy Show 2014 and I’m speaking!

19Jun

Allergy Show 2014 - Olympia Earls Court

Only two weeks until The Allergy Show opens its doors once again. I usually look forward to it and plan to attend as many days as I can. This year however I am excited about the show but also a … Continue reading

  

Copenhagen with allergies – holiday tips and eating out

19Jun

FreeFrom food I take on holiday

Anyone with allergies or coeliac disease planning to visit Copenhagen or anywhere in Denmark should find it pleasantly surprising. There are quite a high number of people with allergies in Denmark and restaurants seemed very used to being asked to … Continue reading

  

28 things to ask your doctor to get an allergy referral

18Jun

QuestionMark

I recently found out about these guidance questions that you or your child might like to ask your healthcare professional in the NICE guidelines. They may or may not help and there are probably loads more questions one could ask, … Continue reading

  

Copenhagen with allergies

6Jun

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014 (EAACI)

I am planning a trip to Copenhagen as I’m attending the EAACI Allergy conference in June and so, I have begun the intricate planning which will enable me to travel there safely. The European Academy of Allergy andClinical Immunology 2014 … Continue reading

  

Choosing a safe university for your allergic teenager

3Jun

Helicopter parent of an allergic child

Thanks to Tiffany, we have an intimate insight into a parent’s worries and fears for their allergic child when they head off to university alone… Tiffany (aka helicopter parent) planning which university is best for her allergic son “I want … Continue reading

  

How to cook quinoa in 5 easy stages

31May

Quinoa

I have met so many people who have shunned quinoa because when they cooked it was hard, didn’t taste right or just looked plain wrong. If you’re coeliac or eating a gluten free diet for whatever reason, quinoa is a … Continue reading

  

Udi’s gluten free now in the UK

23May

Udi's gluten free box of goodies

This is a bit of a belated blog post for Udi’s as I received a HUGE box of goodies some long time ago (February – awful blogger, bad blogger #hangsheadinshame). It was right in the middle of a pretty nasty … Continue reading

  

Five potential new allergy and eczema cures

22May

Hookworm - for allergies, eczema, immune system

If you’ve had allergies all your life no doubt you will have tried all sorts of whacky and wonderful cures, things that will change your life, solutions that will get rid you of all your allergies, amazing treatments that will … Continue reading

  

Need to lose weight ASAP!

20May

I’ve just had a Facebook message asking me for help, looking for a gym, as they “need to lose weight ASAP” Here is my response: “Here’s some free advice that most people pay for, so I’ll keep it simple and … Continue reading

  

New gluten #GF and wheat free beer from Van Bulck

16May

Gluten Free Van Bulck Beer delivery

A day in the life of an allergy blogger is never dull. The doorbell is often ringing with new deliveries of freefrom stuff to try out. There have to be some perks to blogging apart from the proud feeling when … Continue reading

  

Coeliac Awareness week – top five #GF reads

15May

To celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week (12-18th May 2014) here are this week’s top five coeliac and gluten free reads, in no particular order, which all arrived into my inbox this week. Perfect for coeliacs, wheat allergic or wheat intolerant people, … Continue reading

  

The Allergy UK Conference 2014 – My top 5

15May

Ruth Holroyd of What Allergy? at the Allergy UK Conference 2014 with Michael Merrett of Allergy Essex.

Last month I was extremely lucky to be able to attend The Allergy UK Annual conference, the first one they have run but hopefully the first of many. The quality of speakers was excellent and I learnt so much my … Continue reading

  

Adrenaline auto-injector review; needle length and muscle depth

11May

Ultasound showing muscle depth of size 10 woman

2% of the UK population have a diagnosed allergy and many of those will be carrying an adrenalin auto-injector. We trust them, we know these little devices save lives and they give us some security that we have instant access … Continue reading

  

Calling all adults with peanut allergies !

30Apr

TRACE peanut study

This week I went to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London for an initial consultation to assess my eligibility for the TRACE peanut study. The study aims to pinpoint the level of peanut protein small enough to cause no reaction … Continue reading

  

Allergy & FreeFrom show 2014 – coming soon

28Apr

Allergy Show 2014 - Olympia Earls Court

Because it’s National Allergy Awareness Week I’m going to do a blog every day and the first is about The Allergy & FreeFrom Show. If you have allergies, coeliac disease of food intolerances this is THE must attend event of … Continue reading

  

It’s National Allergy Awarness Week 2014

27Apr

28th April to 4th May is Allergy Awareness Week #AllergyWeek

This week I will be mostly making a big fuss and talking even more than I normally do about living with multiple allergies to help spread awareness because it’s Allergy Awareness Week from Monday 28th April to Sunday 4th May … Continue reading

  

Ten things you can do with coconut oil for eczema and allergies

24Apr

oil pulling with a teaspoonful of coconut butter swilled in the mouth for twenty minutes

I just love coconut oil. I only really discovered it over the last few years and now my cupboard is never without a jar. It has so many amazing uses that I just had to share with you what I … Continue reading

  

Dairy, wheat and gluten free nettle pesto recipe

22Apr

Dairy free, gluten free nettle pesto

Since my garden is groaning with beautiful fresh green nettles, before I dig them all up and bung them on the compost heap, I’m making as much tea, pesto and soup as I can, because nettles are positively bursting with … Continue reading

  

FODMAPS explained – foods to avoid with IBS

22Apr

Now you probably know quite a lot about food, allergens and healthy eating, like me, but sometimes people mention something I should look into and I’m completely stumped. More than one person has mentioned this weird acronyn to me too … Continue reading

  

talkhealth visit the Natural & Organic Product Show

21Apr

Silicol Gel

          Last week talkhealth went to the very busy Natural & Organic Product Show up in Olympia.  We were so pleased to see so many friendly faces including Pravera, silicolgel and Salcura to name but a … Continue reading

  

Happy Easter – alternative treat to easter eggs

20Apr

Totally freefrom Easter egg treat with raspberries and Nairns oat cakes

Happy Easter to you all from What Allergy? There are lots of companies making freefrom dairy and nut free Easter eggs out there including Kinnerton, Plamin, D&D and Celtic chocolates but for those of you who failed to get hold … Continue reading

  

Gluten, dairy, nut free fruity fridge flapjacks

11Apr

Gluten, dairy, nut, soya free no-bake fridge flapjacks

I love flapjacks. They’re healthy, easy to make and delicious and this week I have had a kind of flapjack epiphany. I made the River Cottage no-bake fridge flapjacks which are gluten, dairy, nut and soya free. Yes you heard … Continue reading

  

Are Food Intolerance Tests Reliable?

10Apr

York Test - Food Intolerance vs Allergy Infographic

About ten years ago, I took a YorkTest test on the advice of my then nutritionist. I wasn’t getting any help from my doctor at the time who told me I couldn’t possibly have other allergies! We were struggling to … Continue reading

  

Testing Herstat propolis on cold sores – it works

9Apr

Herstat Propolis cold sore care ointment

Recently I have been testing propolis cold sore ointment from Herstat on a cold sore that crept up on me in the night. Herstat Propolis cold sore care ointment I have been using their LipCare Stick as a preventative measure … Continue reading

  

Blog hop – my writing process by Ruth Holroyd

8Apr

My writing process - Ruth Holroyd of what allergy

A friend from my local writers’ group, Susie Kearsley, who writes about health, food and gardens, amongst other things, suggested I might like to participate in a ‘blog hop’, entitled ‘My Writing Process’. I’ve never done a blog hop before … Continue reading

  

Round-up on talkhealth…

6Apr

gloria - blog post

We know that lots of you are very interested in taking part in our trials and surveys, and with this in mind talkhealth purely in the interest of research (of course!) attended The Research Club evening at the London Carbon Bar.   … Continue reading

  

An ode to the FreeFrom Food Awards 2014

28Mar

FreeFrom Food Awards 2014

Here is a poem that I wrote about the amazing, the incredible, the life changing, the most excellent, FreeFrom Food Awards 2014. I stopped after the winner and four runners up. It would have been about a hundred verses long… … Continue reading

  

Testing Protopic ointment for eczema – does it work?

23Mar

Finally testing Protopic ointment for eczema

Most people with moderate to severe eczema will have heard of Protopic. If you haven’t yet come across it it’s an appealing treatment because it isn’t a steroid so doesn’t thin the skin like most steroid ointments do. I first … Continue reading

  

How to Manage Your Children’s Food Allergies

21Mar

Pictured above: Stephanie Gatewood

Mother of two, Stephanie Gatewood, 43, from Virginia, US, knows only too well how stressful food allergies can be. Both of her children suffer with severe peanut allergies. She has a blog called Peanut Free Parenting and has written a … Continue reading

  

Welcome to the food allergy Smug Zone

21Mar

Children food

Oh yes, it is possible to be a smug allergy parent.  Not often, I’ll agree, but possible. Usually eating out for our family is fraught with hours or days of planning, menu scanning and waiter interrogation.  However, there is one … Continue reading

  

The secrets behind how propolis fights cold sores

21Mar

Herstat propolis cold sore care range

What is propolis? Honeybees make propolis using resins they gather from plants. They chew the resins, drawing out beneficial plant extracts and mix them with their saliva, which they then combine with wax produced from glands on their abdomens. This … Continue reading

  

Nutrition & Hydration Week 17-23 March

19Mar

hydration1

Water  – did you know that it’s the best fuel for a healthy life – and in fact one of the most precious and important commodities in the world? Water makes up 2/3rds of our body and therefore it is … Continue reading

  

Can you have immunotherapy if you have asthma?

19Mar

Dust mite

For years I’ve been trying to get a referral for immunotherapy for my hay fever and dust mite allergy but have been told that it’s not available, that I wouldn’t qualify because I have asthma etc. etc. OK… but my … Continue reading

  

A trip to the allergy clinic – what to expect!

10Mar

Allergy skin prick test

I look forward to my trips to the allergy clinic because I learn stuff every time, mainly about my skin and eczema because the specialist I see is a Dermatologist at Oxford Churchill Hospital. I am reminded I am not … Continue reading

  

Oil pulling for allergies, eczema and psoriasis

8Mar

oil pulling with a teaspoonful of coconut butter swilled in the mouth for twenty minutes

This morning I have been trying something a little bit different. I’ve never done this before let alone heard of it. I’ll give you three guesses what I was doing with a jar of coconut oil first thing this morning. … Continue reading

  

Treating scalp eczema in 3 steps

3Mar

Secretly you examine your scalp, with finger tips fine tuned to rooting out that scab or the dried clump of blood coating the hair shaft. It’s like an addiction. The skin hurts but you can’t leave it alone, questing finger … Continue reading

  

Death by adrenaline auto-injector – are they safe?

28Feb

Anaphylaxis - Fear of using auto-injector

People often ask me, are adrenaline injectors dangerous? “If I use one on my child and they weren’t having a servere reaction, could it cause them any harm?” It’s a common worry and one which I can put to rest … Continue reading

  

A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part Three – What’s the harm ?

20Feb

It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to post on Talk Health Partnership. This is despite a range of subjects interesting and moving me to want to comment. As ever, time is one of a select few commodities … Continue reading

  

First time your allergic teenager eats out without you – letting go, slowly

19Feb

This is Alison’s story, a mother to three children, the oldest of whom is 13 and a half, and is anaphylactically allergic to tree nuts, ground nuts, sesame and lupin. He was diagnosed when he was 36 months after a … Continue reading

  

Fear of using your adrenalin injector – don’t be scared!

18Feb

Anaphylaxis - Fear of using auto-injector

In my recent Ruth’s Allergy Diary slot I wrote about conquering the fear of injecting yourself or someone else with an adrenalin auto-injector. Have you been there? Or have you just not used yours because you were too terrified, despite … Continue reading

  

ilumi meals – ask your local pub to buy some

13Feb

Vozars gluten free cafe, Brixton Village

This week I was lucky enough to get invited to an ilumi taste-off session at Vozars gluten free cafe in Brixton. Vozars gluten free cafe, Brixton Village There were a bunch of bloggers from gluten free and allergy to health … Continue reading

  

Another year of freefrom food awards judging

10Feb

FreeFrom Food Awards 2014 judging sheet

You may be thinking that it’s the life of riley, swanning up to Foods Matters head quarters and tasting a bit of this and bit of that. Well you’d partly be right, it is one of the high lights of … Continue reading

  

Newburn Bakehouse Sandwich Thins – just like real bread!

4Feb

Newburn Bakehouse Sandwich thins with humous, watercress and pepper

Just a quick blog to share one of my latest ureka finds from the freefrom shelves. This is one for all you coeliacs, wheat allergic, wheat intolerant people out there and they are also dairy and soya free. I don’t … Continue reading

  

(NOT) New peanut desensitisation treatment

30Jan

Today the news about ‘groundbreaking’ peanut desensitisation featured widely on the radio and in the newspapers and it was heart warming to hear the story of Lena, who can now live without the fear of peanuts after her successful treatment … Continue reading

  

Pruritus ani or itchy bum, labial eczema

27Jan

We all have a bottom and private parts and those of us with eczema, psoriasis or a tendency towards sensitive skin may at some point in time experience pruritus ani and/or anal or labial eczema. Anyone can get this condition, … Continue reading

  

Is calcium propionate safe for gluten free baked goods?

20Jan

Bread

Calcium propionate can be found in many gluten free baked goods and it may be the cause of many of migraine headaches. So what’s it included for? Is it really needed? E282 – Calcium propionate Calcium propionate “Occurs naturally in … Continue reading

  

Emerade – the new adrenalin autoinjector

15Jan

New Emerade autoinjector

Emerade – new on the market as of 30th December 2013 A new Adrenaline Auto-injector now available in the UK; Emerade is now available on NHS prescription. You use it in much the same way as the Jext and Epipen … Continue reading

  

Please vote for whatallergy in the Health category

10Jan

Weblog of the year award

Right now here is a shameless plug for my humble little blog, voted in the top UK allergy blogs which is already pretty cool. Pretty please would you mind ever so voting for my blog in the Weblog awards? I … Continue reading

  

Only 17% of people with allergies/coeliacs trust waiting staff

10Jan

FreeFrom eating out awards 2014

Damning results from a recent survey suggests that “Only 17% of allergy sufferers and coeliacs trust waiting staff to give them accurate information about allergens or gluten in the food they are serving.” A wake-up call to the food service … Continue reading

  

10 eczema secrets your doctor won’t tell you

8Jan

10 Eczema secrets your doctor won't tell you about

Here, as a New Year’s present just for all you people out there with eczema, Why not download a totally free pdf ebook right now called “10 secrets doctors won’t tell you”. We’ve all come across advertisements for ‘eczema cures’ … Continue reading

  

Be thankful in 2014 – allergies can be a gift

7Jan

Focus on the positive experiences and be thankful

Having allergies, eczema, asthma, food intolerances or coeliac disease CAN be a gift, though it might sometimes feel like a curse. If you write New Year’s resolutions every year and struggle to keep to them, why not explore the idea … Continue reading

  

Dermatology appointment this week

6Jan

We have a consultant dermatologist appointment this Wednesday.  It doesn’t seem to be the same person we saw last time. I started making a list a few weeks ago about the things we want to ask about.  I contacted the … Continue reading

  

New Year – new doctors, new hope and new adventures.

4Jan

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a good Christmas and have seen January off to a good start. I am happy to report that we had a very good end to the year and positive … Continue reading

  

Thank you and Happy New Year!

3Jan

Thank you from whatallergy.com

This is just a very short blog to say thank you to all of you have visited my humble blog and left comments and joined in discussions. It really does help to hear what you think, even if it’s a … Continue reading

  

Are tiger nuts actually nuts?

3Jan

Horchata Spanish milky drink made with Tiger nuts - available from Plamil

Ever heard of tiger nuts? They sound very like nuts but are actually the small dried edible tuber of a kind of sedge which is grown in the ground like potatoes. Also knows as cyperus esculentus or chufa sedge, nut … Continue reading

  

Always check labels – milk in Tyrells vegetable crisps

2Jan

Tyrells Vegetable crisps with Rosemary and garlic contain cheese powder

You know when you go to parties and you either take your own food, eat before you go or speak to the host to check which foods might be suitable for you? Well the one thing I have always known … Continue reading

  

Ten top tips for a Genius gluten free Christmas

19Dec

Lucinda Bruce Gardyne

Listen up all you coeliacs, wheat allergics or grain intolerant types. You might be thinking Christmas is going be tough, avoiding wheat and breadcrumbs in stuffing, sausages, gravy, canapes etc. etc. Fear not because here are ten top tips to … Continue reading

  

Food allergies at Christmas – 5 ways to trip up

18Dec

Father Christmas

Christmas is a great time of year for kids.  Fact. Christmas is a bit trickier for kids with allergies.  Fact. Here are my top five obstacles to be tackled in the run up to Christmas for MyItchyBoy: 1. Advent calendar … Continue reading

  

Home-made gluten, wheat and dairy free mince pie recipe

16Dec

My gluten, dairy free mince pies

You don’t need to miss out the Christmas festive goodies, most supermarkets stock gluten free mince pies now. If you also need to avoid dairy and nuts, you might like to try making your own. I think they’re better than … Continue reading

  

Amazing gluten and dairy free blinis

15Dec

Gluten and dairy free blinis and boozy Bloody Mary tomato canapes

If you’ve ever trawled through recipe books looking for interesting ideas for a special meal or dinner party or for inspiration for allergen friendly canapes, this brilliant recipe is well worth considering. It was a complete success on the first … Continue reading

  

Twenty tips to boost your immune system

12Dec

Garlic to boosh immune system

It’s that time of year again when colds, cold sores and flu can catch you out. You struggle on at work and as soon as you stop at the weekend it hits you. You rush around so much in these … Continue reading

  

Do you carry a Jext adrenaline auto-injector? If so please read this important alert

9Dec

New Jext auto injector

The new Jext auto injector Important safety information for patients using Jext® solution for injection in pre-filled pen. Routine testing conducted by ALK-Abelló has revealed that during the production process in some batches the needle may have become bent, causing … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods to help eczema week three

6Dec

Just a quick update on the processed food free experiment. It’s going well. Really well. My skin is pretty amazing. I would share a photo but I have a massive zit on my cheek! I never get spots! This is … Continue reading

  

Delighted to hear that food allergy death is less likely than murder

4Dec

Allergy death less likely than murder

We really can’t thank Dr Robert Boyle enough for sharing the amazing news that we, the allergic community, are far more likely to die at the hands of a murderer than from a fatal anaphylactic attack. Allergy death less likely … Continue reading

  

The first noel – carol singing with warm Low FODMAP sweet pies

1Dec

DSCF1066mod

It’s the first of December today – and so the countdown begins. I hope you have had a nice surprise this morning when opening your advent calendar for the first time. The evenings are dark early and it is a … Continue reading

  

A welcome breakthrough for Cat Allergy

29Nov

PetalCleanse - the pet allergy solution

Anyone allergic to cats will be pleased to hear of some new research into cat allergy and the recent arrival of Cat Allergy Desensitisation Drops that promise relief from the debilitating symptoms that come with this common allergy. When a … Continue reading

  

When pubs panic about catering for allergies – Allergy diet cards

28Nov

Ham, egg and chips: Cross contamination possible on the grill, the pan and chip fat fryer

Eating out with an allergy or coeliac disease is a challenge. If you have multiple allergies it becomes even trickier. Not only do you need to communicate the severity of your allergy, you also need to discover what risks might … Continue reading

  

Instant way to get more calcium in your dairy free child

27Nov

Getting dairy free child to drink more calcium

Yes, there is an instant way! MyItchyBoy was given this straw in a party bag at the weekend. This is the best thing he’s seen in ages it seems. Plus, it has magic powers. Amazing! Want your dairy-free child to … Continue reading

  

Stir up Sunday – ‘free from’ fun! Low FODMAP, wheat free, gluten free, milk free

25Nov

DSCF1034mod

By this I certainly don’t mean devoid of pleasure! it is a tradition in our household to make Christmas puddings, but for this year I have decided to make a pudding that you can make just before Christmas and is … Continue reading

  

Please vote for me… Healthline’s best health blog

25Nov

Best health blogs 2013

Healthline’s “Best Health Blog of 2013″ contest just kicked off, and they’re looking for the best fitness, health, weight loss, mental health and lifestyle blogs on the Web. Healthline You would be doing me a huge favour if you could … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods – Week 2 update

24Nov

All is going well on the NO processed foods experiment. We are both eating more healthily as a result and planning a week’s meals in advance helps, being organised and sticking to it. What could possibly go wrong? I have … Continue reading

  

A funny story about having allergies – beware of the teaspoons…

24Nov

This is a true story which had me rolling on the floor laughing. One of my clients is based in Hemel and I love going into the office. They are really good at understanding that I have allergies and there … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed food to help eczema, Day 4

18Nov

:o

Just a quick blog post today to say, it’s getting better. It’s slowly getting easier. Today I have had stewed apples with some porridge, chia seeds and pumpkin and sunflower seeds added, made with oat milk. No picture of this … Continue reading

  

Twenty tips for cutting out processed food

17Nov

Cutting out processed food is no easy feat. I know, I’ve tried it. So here, to set down some ground rules and get you started and explain how to go about cutting out the wrong things and eating the right … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods to help eczema – day 3

17Nov

Home-made dairy, gluten, sesame free Humous

Not much to report today. Day 2 was a bit of a disaster – the aftermath of drinking red wine the evening before has taken its toll. Well it was his birthday and we did have a lovely evening, but … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods to help eczema – Day 1

15Nov

I wanted to do a series of video blogs about this but my iphone has decided I shouldn’t be videoing myself. I have managed to go pretty much ‘processed food free’ now for months but I keep slipping up. I … Continue reading

  

Choosing a school for an allergic child

15Nov

Starting school with nut allergy

This post is inspired by a post by Nutmums.com. This time last year we were busy trying to sorting out a school place for MyItchyBoy before the January deadline.  I know there are allergy parents out there right now worrying … Continue reading

  

Merino wool – doesn’t itch eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin

15Nov

Wool next your skin? You’re probably thinking I’m crazy but this was something of a revelation for me too. I discovered merino wool in the Lake District a few years ago when I had a pair of thin walking trousers … Continue reading

  

How quick is your morning routine?

11Nov

School t-shirt

Do you know how quickly 4 year olds can get dressed? Did you know they can get dressed by themselves? This wa s all a bit of a revelation for me last week.  We stayed with friends who have a … Continue reading

  

Why you should NEVER pop a cold sore

8Nov

Scabbed cold sore

This is just a really quick blog post about cold sores. I keep getting asked on my original cold sore blog, “The Do’s and Don’ts of cold sores”, ‘should I pop a cold sore?’ A scabbed cold sore The answer? … Continue reading

  

Is scratching eczema, psoriasis and prurigo a form of self harm?

5Nov

Scratch from jagged fingernail

I am a self harmer. There I’ve said it, and you know what? I enjoy doing it. If you don’t have eczema you don’t know what I mean. It’s not like scratching a bite, I’ve had those. I can just … Continue reading

  

Comparing gluten free bread – which is the healthiest?

1Nov

Hovis Nimble Wholemeal Sliced Loaf 400G (contains gluten)

Every wondered just how healthy gluten free bread is and how the different brands compare with each other. They have all improved their fat and calorie content recently but how does it compare to a normal 400g loaf and what’s … Continue reading

  

Allergic to scented toilet roll – fragrance allergy

31Oct

Allergic reaction to scented toilet paper

This is a warning to anyone with sensitive skin. If you think the skin on your face is sensitive imagine how sensitive your private parts are. I didn’t realise what a prude I am but there you go, I can’t … Continue reading

  

Weekly freefrom shop with allergies – 8 in 1 week!

31Oct

This week's Goodness Direct order with free packet of Goobers

Have you ever analysed how long it takes you to do your weekly allergen friendly food shop? If you’re like me you’ll stock up, use the freezer for home made ready meals and soups but in one week I can … Continue reading

  

Snail allergy cross reaction with dust mite allergy

29Oct

Cross reactivity between snail allergy and dust mite allergy

This is Keene’s story about having a very rare allergy to snails which might have something to do with the very common allergy he also has to dust mites. Allergy to house dust mites is fairly well known but could … Continue reading

  

Interview with Dr Chris Steele, TV doctor and coeliac

25Oct

Dr Chris Steele talks about coeliac disease

Dr Chris Steele MBE, well known media doctor for ITVs This Morning programme and recently diagnosed with coeliac disease agreed to be interviewed by What Allergy about his views on coeliac disease, getting a diagnosis and how to maintain a … Continue reading

  

Dangerous to eat almonds with peanut allergy

25Oct

Allergy UK http://www.allergyuk.org/

If you have a nut, peanut or any allergy really cross contamination, especially with nuts which are often stored in large warehouses in open sacks or containers, you MUST remember that it is very hard to guarantee no traces of … Continue reading

  

Living with Eosinophilic Disease – why non IgE responses need greater awareness

24Oct

The twins now - coping with Eosinophilic Disease

Just for a change as I’m sure you get bored with my voice on here all the time, here is a blog about Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) which I have to confess to knowing very little about. Here to entertain … Continue reading

  

What did Paul Hollywood really say about coeliacs?

21Oct

Paul Hollywood tweets about gluten free

The Twittersphere and social media gossip has been full of anger at comments made by Paul Hollywood in a recent interview that, Paul Hollywood tweets about gluten free he was “sceptical about the whole Coeliac thing”. He also said he … Continue reading

  

Totally gluten, dairy, nut, soya free pumpkin, sunflower, goji and chia seed flapjacks

20Oct

Sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, goji berry, chia seed and linseed flapjacks. Totally gluten, dairy, soya and nut free.

Because it’s the weekend and we all need a bit of comfort food, here is my latest flapjack creation recipe. It’s packed with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, linseeds and chia seeds. Sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, goji berry, chia … Continue reading

  

Raising awareness about allergies at the Houses of Parliament

18Oct

Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Paediatric Allergist

Over a hundred people packed into the Attlee Suite at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 16th October to hear expert speakers discussing trends in the prevalence of allergic disease and the underlying causes, provision of clinical allergy services and … Continue reading

  

GPs say testing could speed diagnosis of coeliac disease

11Oct

Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune condition that can lead to infertility, osteoporosis and small bowel cancer if left untreated. But alarming new research reveals that 50% of GPs find coeliac disease difficult to diagnose and almost 90% believe that … Continue reading

  

Lower quality of life in children with peanut allergy

10Oct

Having allergies can be scary but you grow to learn to live with them, to grasp control of your life and get your own processes and checks in place to make sure you stay safe when shopping, eating out, snacking … Continue reading

  

Bananas, Pineapples and Eczema

9Oct

Does Pineapple make eczema worse? For a couple of years now, MyItchyBoy has been eating and enjoying dried pineapple.  It never seemed to cause a problem for his eczema.  Or did it? He’d usually have the crispy type of dried … Continue reading

  

Painting Over The Walls To Hide The Cracks

5Oct

Shane used a brilliant phrase in his post last month entitled “What If Everything You Thought You Knew Was A Lie?” describing how Doctors tend to paint over the cracks rather than fixing the problem to get to the root of the … Continue reading

  

Could prurigo be caused by processed foods?

3Oct

Prurigo healed and active

You can see both healed, mild and active prurigo There is apparently no real known cause for nodular prurigo (NP) although insect bites can trigger it. Generally it’s just something doctors say you have and which will go away when … Continue reading

  

Food allergies and intolerances and fear of eating anything at all…

2Oct

Nettle tea

Food should be something you enjoy. It sustains and nourishes but sometimes it makes you ill and you don’t know which food is causing the problem. It can seem like no matter how careful you are something triggers the hives, … Continue reading

  

5 things to help your dry scalp eczema or psoriasis

1Oct

If you’ve ever had scalp eczema or an itchy scalp you will know how maddening it can be. Sometimes you wonder if you might even have nits and the dry skin flaking is embarassing.   Because eczema on the scalp is … Continue reading

  

What happened at the Food Allergy & Intolerance Summit 2013 – part one

27Sep

Waitrose - clearer allergen labelling

If you haven’t already heard of the Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN) and their Annual Food Allergy and Intolerance Summit it’s a two day conference aimed at grocery retail and food service companies who want to explore and realise … Continue reading

  

Another Interview with Tom the Allergy Show Director and Free tickets!

27Sep

The Allergy Show North Oct 2013

It’s that time fo year again, the Allergy Show North in Liverpool takes place on the 26th and 27th October so if you’re thinking of exploring please don’t forget to download free ticket www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/whatallergy, courtesy of What Allergy. Just call … Continue reading

  

Another Interview with the Allergy Show Director and Free tickets!

27Sep

The Allergy Show North Oct 2013

It’s that time fo year again, the Allergy Show North in Liverpool takes place on the 26th and 27th October so if you’re thinking of exploring please don’t forget to download free ticket www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/whatallergy, courtesy of What Allergy. Just call … Continue reading

  

Anaphylaxis to spider bite – allergic reactions in the UK

24Sep

Spiders are harmless in the UK, right?  Having mostly conquered my spider phobia I am now quaking in fear at the thought of meeting this stinging variety… If you are allergic to insect, wasp or spider stings and venom then … Continue reading

  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

13Sep

I often find myself working with clients suffering from IBS, both in my Hypnotherapy and in my Personal Training capacities. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is a disorder involving a collection of symptoms that can include abdominal pain and cramping … Continue reading

  

Facial eczema and mirrors – a short poem

6Sep

If you have facial eczema mirrors are the enemy. Even reflective windows can show up your rosy visage in all it’s vivid horror. People with eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis have bad skin days AND bad hair days. Imagine that! Sometimes … Continue reading

  

Are allergies anything to do with your place among siblings?

5Sep

Me, my sister and my brother

“Are you a fat, tall, allergy-prone leader? Blame your siblings.” No this isn’t meant to be a provocative insult, it’s the promotional heading for an article in the New Scientist this month. “Chance inheritance: The subtle power of birth order” … Continue reading

  

Cheats home-made df/gf garlic bread – easy

1Sep

One of Zac’s favourite foods when we he was a little tot was garlic bread. Once his diet became gluten free and dairy free, the shop bought stuff was ‘out’. I have since discovered that Asda have a version in … Continue reading

  

Grace Cheetham’s Chocolate Semi-Freddo – the easiest, yummiest DF, GF pud EVER

28Aug

Since the success of the Grace Cheetham ginger biscuits, Sophia has been on at me to ‘make something else’. So much so that when we were packing on Saturday for our half term holiday at the seaside at Nana’s house, … Continue reading

  

Should you eat almonds if you have a nut allergy?

27Aug

So, the peanut and nut allergy may not extend to almonds, blood tests show very low percentages for both almonds and coconut. I can eat coconut no problem, I love the stuff! Praise be for Coconut milk and Thai curries. … Continue reading

  

What you need to know about nut allergy in France

27Aug

The lonely peanut, By Ruth Holroyd

Did you know that the french don’t really have one word in their vocabulary for nuts? Many people mistakenly think the word noix or noisettes is the word for nuts. Indeed this might be just the word you’re looking for … Continue reading

  

Skin infections – our latest challenge

23Aug

Last year Zac had a horrible spot on his elbow that turned into a rash with an erupting abscess at the epicentre. The first GP who saw it said it was nothing. A few days later when it was oozing, … Continue reading

  

Gluten or Wheat free beer – coeliac disease or wheat allergy?

19Aug

Gluten Beer Tasting 2013

If you’re a coeliac the recent increase in the popularity of gluten free foods and beer is good news. But if you are wheat intolerant or allergic to wheat you need to be very careful of products containing wheat. CODEX … Continue reading

  

← Previous page Next page →