20 things you can do to reduce hay fever symptoms

The recent coverage of seasonal tree pollen allergies on Countryfile Diaries was really good, but as is the usual thing with TV, you miss out on so much of the actual filming. You guys only get a snapshot. But I got so much information and learnt so much from the Shenagh Hume, the garden expert […]

Save hundreds on prescriptions every year!

Since it’s National Allergy Awareness Week this one should save you money, OR make you feel better about how much you’re already saving! If you don’t have a prescription prepayment certificate yet then you should seriously consider getting one. I’ve had one for years and they are a godsend. They save me hundreds of pounds […]

How clean is the indoor air quality in your home?

Is your house clean and safe? We all probably assume that it is but there could be some very dangerous things in your home… We insulate our houses and try to make them as air-tight and cosy as possible, especially in winter. Then we stuff them with plug-in air fresheners, fragrances, man-made furniture and fittings […]

Seven things you should know when using your asthma inhaler

This is a really quick blog about inhalers. If you’ve got asthma make sure you do these five things to stay safe and up-to-date with the latest thinking. I always learn something when I have an asthma review. Is your inhaler in date? – This might sound obvious but sometimes they can hang around in […]

Topical steroid addiction and withdrawal and what it means…

I’m addicted. There, I said it. I’m an addict and it’s all my fault. Well I didn’t know that the drugs I was prescribed would cause any long term problems at the time but it would seem topical steroids are a ticking time bomb. At first the steroids worked but over time higher and higher […]

New ‘water’ vacuum cleaner for dust allergies

This month I have been testing out the new Thomas Allergy Air Pure vacuum. Isn’t he cute? Having quite a severe allergy to dust myself vacuuming isn’t my favourite passtime. I’ve used a MediVac hoover for years but it has seen better days and the hoover bag for it is no longer available so we […]

Why my allergies make me a super being

One day you’ll look back and wish you’d had allergies like me because my immune system makes me super human. They give me the power to eradicate the common cold within hours and I never get ill (oh the irony… I will now won’t I?). My immune system is on fire – it is churning […]

Shame on you JK Rowling – asthma is normal, not funny

Have you seen JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy recently on TV? The character called Colin Wall (Simon McBurney) who was portrayed as a weak, over-stressed weirdo who had asthma and was always puffing on his inhaler, made my blood boil. Why is every odd character given a ‘weak’ condition like asthma, allergies, eczema etc. suggesting […]

What’s in the allergic girl’s handbag?

What do you never leave home without? I am one of those people with a Mary Poppin’s type bag, inside which I carry around everything but the kitchen sink. Sometimes I wish I could leave the house with nothing, but there are so many things I have to take that I end up covering every […]