Tagged: immune system

2017 New Year Resolutions… taking control!



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


My dermatologist said ‘Clear the dance floor’.



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


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


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


Why my allergies make me a super being


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


The A word… on anaphylaxis, allergies


The A Word - Living with allergies and anaphylaxis  #LivingInFear

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


Gut Feelings: Understanding the Digestive-Immune System Connection



What does digestion have to do with your immune system? Surprisingly, a lot. The gut is intimately tied into your immune system and can dramatically effect your overall health. If you have poor digestion, odds are, you have other health … Continue reading


Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?


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


8 benefits of oxygen therapy #eczema #asthma


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


Why are oxygen chambers so effective at healing?


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



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


How Protopic for eczema changed my life


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


Five potential new allergy and eczema cures


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


FODMAPS explained – foods to avoid with IBS


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


Testing Protopic ointment for eczema – does it work?


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


Twenty tips to boost your immune system


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


Interview with Dr Chris Steele, TV doctor and coeliac


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


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


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


Antibiotics increase eczema risk in children


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Use of antibiotics in early life may increase the risk of developing eczema by up to 40 per cent, according to a new study in the British Journal of Dermatology. The research also found that each additional course of antibiotics … Continue reading


How to Incorporate Exercise in a Busy Schedule Without the Gym


When you have a packed day, it can be difficult to get down to the gym for a lengthy workout. But exercise doesn’t just rid you of extra calories; it also keeps your immune system primed to fight infection. You … Continue reading


Waiting sucks!


Hey guys So basically this is what has happened: My skin was not getting any better from the last time I blogged, and the itching at night was becoming unbearable and because I was scratching my skin was unable to … Continue reading


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