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 […]

Our story – allergy and anaphylaxis – the first diagnosis – by Karen and Ian Connell

This is Ian and Karen’s story, about how they discovered their little three year old daughter was allergic to nuts and getting that first anaphylaxis diagnosis… Ian tells the story about how something so simple as feeding the birds started the allergic reactions. Just feeding the birds In March 2014 my little girl JoJo and […]

The ultimate freefrom advent calendar – no chocolate

I have a bugbear about Christmas at the moment and that is chocolate advent calendars. What is this obsession with chocolate or treat filled calendars? We never had these when I was a kid (showing my age there); instead we had the old fashioned card type with a picture on it with doors hidden, to […]

Hazel nuts and country walks – nut allergy alert

This is something I had never ever considered as a danger. After all, I’m an adult, I won’t be picking up nuts from the floor so I’ll be fine, right? We are also not in the habit of holding hands, the mother-in-law and I but with small children there could be hand holding, fighting, shoving […]

Can you be allergic to loom bands? Contain latex!

The latest craze to sweep across Britain’s playgrounds is loom bands and the kids love them – not so great if you or your child is allergic to latex though. Loom bands recently shot to fame after a lady sold a loom band dress made from thousands of the little loops for £170,100 plus £7 […]

28 things to ask your doctor to get an allergy referral

I recently found out about these guidance questions that you or your child might like to ask your healthcare professional in the NICE guidelines. They may or may not help and there are probably loads more questions one could ask, but they’re a start. The first 12 in the list are from the NICE guidelines. […]

How to Manage Your Children’s Food Allergies

Mother of two, Stephanie Gatewood, 43, from Virginia, US, knows only too well how stressful food allergies can be. Both of her children suffer with severe peanut allergies. She has a blog called Peanut Free Parenting and has written a book called When Peanuts are Poison. Speaking about how her children’s severe peanut allergies affected […]

First time your allergic teenager eats out without you – letting go, slowly

This is Alison’s story, a mother to three children, the oldest of whom is 13 and a half, and is anaphylactically allergic to tree nuts, ground nuts, sesame and lupin. My eldest son was diagnosed when he was 36 months after a lot of reactions and finally quite a major one. When he was 4 […]

Living with Eosinophilic Disease – why non IgE responses need greater awareness

Just for a change as I’m sure you get bored with my voice on here all the time, here is a blog about Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) which I have to confess to knowing very little about. Here to entertain you today is Kate who writes The Recipe Resource blog and also attended the Houses […]