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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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

How clean is the indoor air quality in your home?

29Feb

Dust mask for avoiding airborne allergens

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

  

Seven things you should know when using your asthma inhaler

23Feb

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

  

Topical steroid addiction and withdrawal and what it means…

9Jan

My red allergy face

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

  

talkhealth at the House of Commons

8Dec

William Frankland MBE and Dr Pamela Ewan

Last Wednesday (2 December), talkhealth spent the evening at the Houses of Commons, talking with experts and MPs about the state of allergy care in the UK. We were there for a reception organised by the National Allergy Strategy Group and … Continue reading

  

New ‘water’ vacuum cleaner for dust allergies

21Sep

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

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

  

Why my allergies make me a super being

29Jul

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

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

  

Should smoking be banned in the home?

11Mar

stop smoking

Breathing in other people’s tobacco smoke, known as second hand smoking, is widely attributed as the cause of health issues as varied as eye and throat irritation all the way to heart disease and lung cancer. Conservative estimates state that … Continue reading

  

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

2Mar

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

  

What’s in the allergic girl’s handbag?

21Jan

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

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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

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 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

  

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

  

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