Is a real pine Christmas tree more important than your husband?

Dear Mrs Pipe, Your poor husband is seriously allergic to pine needles. Is your love of Christmas really more important than your husband? My brother sent me this little article from the Metro last night and I couldn’t help feeling very sorry for Mr Pipe who is allergic to pine needles and so has to […]

A fibrous diet may benefit people with asthma

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 may become inflamed easily, making it harder to breathe. This condition cannot be cured, but […]

Itchy palms or soles of feet – is this a sign of an 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 my feet have been itching, they’ve been on fire and so tight and scratchy but […]

Allergens in the bedroom: How to control them

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, insects are treated with a disdain more indicative of a far larger and more menacing animal, and warm summer walks require dark glasses and a whole box of […]

Allergic to scented toilet roll – fragrance allergy

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 bring myself to to type the word for ‘you know what’. This is a cautionary […]

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

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, allergic eczema, sore skin, itchy throat and stomach problems but you don’t know which food […]

Choosing the right floor for your allergies

If you’re investing in a new floor, there are plenty of different options to consider; the right floor could help your allergies to recede considerably, while a poor choice can make things go downhill very quickly. So what are you options? Which type of flooring is best?

Good and bad food for a nickel allergy

Did you know that jewellery and metal objects are not the only things you might be allergic to if you react to nickel? Many foods can contain naturally occuring very high levels of nickel including chocolate, cashew nuts, walnuts etc.

Anti allergenic cleaning products

Have you ever considered that many household cleaning products are very strong, contain chemicals and substances that can irritate sensitive skin and potentially cause allergic reactions. How can you reduce the number of allergens in your home safely and effectively?