A day in the life of an allergy nurse

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 am very lucky to have been taken on my Dr John Reed, Dermatologist at Churchill […]

Calling all adults with peanut allergies !

This week I went to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London for an initial consultation to assess my eligibility for the TRACE peanut study. The study aims to pinpoint the level of peanut protein small enough to cause no reaction in allergic people. The Food Standards Agency is hoping the study will help identify thresholds […]

A trip to the allergy clinic – what to expect!

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 a hyperchondriac and that my allergies are real and my eczema is not that great. […]

Not getting the help you need? Try PALS

Are you frustrated with trying to get a referral from your doctor to your local Allergy Specialist? Still on a six month waiting list but terrified about what you should be doing to stay safe? Get that allergy advice from the Patient Advice Liaision Service (PALS)

Can the NHS cope with allergy and dermatology needs?

The number of people with allergies, eczema, asthma and coeliac disease is rising. Whilst NHS budgets are falling and Allergy Support Staff are being cut; so how can the NHS cope with this increase in need for support? What can we do to help ourselves?

New guidelines for diagnosing food allergy

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have today published guidelines on diagnosing food allergy in children in a primary care and community setting. These are the first allergy related guidelines to be delivered and they aim to give information to health professionals in primary care on how to suspect and diagnose food […]

Skin prick tests – what are they all about?

After my recent experience having skin prick tests for various suspected allergens I would advise anyone who is struggling to identify what they are allergic to to give it a go. Speak to your doctor and request a refferal to your local allergy clinic.