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Tagged: NHS allergy services

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

  

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

  

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

  

A day in the life of an allergy nurse

26Sep

Andrew Williams, Allergy Nurse at Guys & St Thomas's hospital

Do you have an allergy nurse? Do you even have a specialist allergy consultant? I know many of us adults with life threatening allergies don’t. I myself have never managed to get that referral to an allergy specialist though I … 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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

National Allergy Strategy Group parliamentary reception – raising awareness about allergies

28Feb

Jo Swinson MP

I’m just back from a brilliant parliamentary reception organised by the National Allergy Strategy Group (NASG), aimed at raising awareness of allergies amongst MPs and the government as a whole. Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire chaired the event and … Continue reading