Can you have immunotherapy if you have asthma?

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 dust allergy causes most of my asthma problems in the first place, if it was […]

Write an Anaphylaxis Allergy Action Plan

If you need to carry adrenalin for your allergies and have anaphylaxis then you should have an Action Plan written to remind you, your family and friends and also your child’s school teachers and carers, exactly what to do in case of emergency. Have you written yours?

Sit still and stay calm! How important is this when having an allergic reaction?

What do you do when you realise you’ve eaten or drunk food you’re allergic to? Do you panic? Does your brain start to overheat, does fear begin to grip you as the swelling and tingling begins to spread? Or do you calmly take an antihistamine and sit still, just to see if it will recede or escalate?

Pycnogenol helps block histamine production

Could a simple plant extract help to reduce hay fever, allergic reactions and asthma? Studies into the potency and success of pycnogenol, a natural herb extract, seem to suggest it could do just that…

Allergic reaction at The Allergy Show

Imagine the irony of someone having an allergic reaction at The Allergy Show. Despite checking carefully I was unlucky enough to do just that. Was it really a safe place for people with life threatening allergies and coeliac disease and what can we do to make it safer next year?

Allergic to holidays?

Do you find that your skin and eczema flares up when you go on holiday abroad? What could be causing this? Stress? Food? Different water? Hay fever? It’s almost as if I’m allergic to holidays!

Can a Pill Cure Hay Fever?

I have always suffered from what I would have called mild hay fever, annoying, but just something I got on with. If I sat on grass I would get itchy eczema along with the usual sneezing runny nose and eyes and if I spent to long outside, asthma. I usually took antihistamines to combat the […]

Antihistamines contain lactose

I recently discovered through my dietician that antihistamines contain lactose, which with a dairy allergy I should obviously avoid. The syrup’s do seem to be lactose free. Seems a bit crazy for a drug that should help counter allergy effects to contain a known allergen.