Why ALL women with anaphylaxis should have an ultrasound

You might think I’m crazy, suggesting you go and get an ultrasound before requesting a repeat prescription of your adrenaline auto-injector but it’s very important for women to understand something about adrenaline injectors. They are not all the same. Some have shorter needles and some women’s thighs have more fat on them than others. Imagine […]

The A word… on anaphylaxis, allergies

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 on the list. Writing about having allergies and ranting occasionally about things that get me […]

What’s coming up for allergy awareness week?

This year Allergy Awareness Week runs from 20th to 26th April and there are loads of ways to get involved. I have been neglecting my blog these past few months (sorry!) but I’m easing myself back in. Circumstances outside my control left me with very few blogging brain cells left and not much time to […]

Allergic to Chestnut – nut allergy or latex allergy?

Should you eat chestnuts if you have a peanut or tree nut allergy? I’ve researched and written about this before and chestnuts aren’t really nuts in the true sense so could be alright for some people with nut allergies, but as we all know, it’s never that simple. I’ve eaten chestnut before, by mistake, a […]

Anaphylaxis Campaign 20 years celebration

The Anaphylaxis Campaign has now been going for 20 years and have achieved so much in that time. I remember reading about the charity in the Telegraph, some months after my first serious anaphylactic reaction and feeling complete panic hearing about David Reading’s daughter, who sadly passed away after an anaphylactic reaction to nuts. I […]

Back from the BSACI – Un-met need in allergy services

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, amongst other smaller events. The theme “Allergy – Towards True Multidisciplinary Care” celebrates the best […]

Help the Anaphylaxis Campaign make life-saving short film

The Anaphylaxis Campaign are making a film to help raise awareness of the stigmas surrounding anaphylaxis and encourage more young people to carry their adrenaline auto injector around with them at all times. A recent study proved that many were embarassed to have to take an injector, far too many didn’t carry theirs with them […]

Emerade adrenaline auto injectors are in stock

Social media and even the tabloid press have been covering news that some adrenaline auto injectors are having stock problems, some have even been out of stock, which is a big worry if yours has expired or even worse, you’ve just used your last one for a real anaphylactic reaction. Being without your life saving […]

The European Anaphylaxis Task Force – working for you!

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 and CEO of this task force and is based in The Netherlands. I attended a […]