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Tagged: Allergy UK

Medical clowns help kids with allergy tests

14Sep

I think I had heard of medical clowns before, but my attention was caught by this report in Science Daily (courtesy of my colleague, John Scott) about medical clowns being used to distract and calm children during allergy testing. What a great idea. Prick … 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

  

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

  

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

  

Arm Yourself Against Allergies

13Apr

Allergy Awarness Week Image

Allergy Awareness Week runs from 20th April to 26th April and is organised by Allergy UK to support allergy sufferers and raise awareness of the issues they face. In the UK, the number of allergy sufferers increases by five per … 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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

Off to London again!

10Nov

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I am planning another trip to London tomorrow, this time to Imperial college London for a course on allergic gastrointestinal disease. I am looking forward to the lecture on eosinophilic oesophagitis and gastroesophageal reflux and other upper GI motility disorders. … 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

  

Allergy Sufferers Prone To Osteoporosis!

22Nov

Research reveals that Osteoporosis is one of the major complications of prolonged corticosteroid treatment. Efforts need to be made to minimise the dose of steroid and to reduce the risk factors. 12.2 million allergy sufferers visit their GP’s annually for … Continue reading

  

Developing Food Intolerances

2Nov

One of the most common questions that I get asked when I go out lecturing and giving talks is “How do food intolerances develop?”. An interesting question, and with the estimate for those suffering from food intolerance at 45% of … Continue reading

  

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

6Oct

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