Countryfile diaries seasonal allergy special on 20th May

If you love nature but also want to find out how you can enjoy the Spring and Summer and embrace the outdoors whilst minimising the effects of your hay fever read on… Simple tasks like going for a walk, run or gardening when you have hay fever can become almost impossible during the hay fever […]

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 […]

Why does eczema skin itch and should you just stop scratching?

Anyone with eczema will know how impossibly draining living with constant itching can be. Just recently I’ve had a mini flare-up and some pretty insane itching. It happens around this time of year, without fail, but I think also I tried to go cold turkey with the steroids. I refused to give in, but as […]

10 things only eczema people do

I loved this blog post by Deborah Cicurel for Metro.co.uk, “17 things you’ll only know if you have eczema”. It made me smile because I do most of those things and because it’s good to smile about our trials and remember that we have this condition but it’s not so bad. We get by with […]

Lush (not so lush) Dream Wash = skin irritation

I have used Lush dream wash before many times. I would say it was one of the few washes that I could use that didn’t irritate my skin, so either I’m now more sensitive or they’ve changed the recipe. I have NEVER been able to use Dream Cream however, which is the body lotion that […]

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 […]

Living with Eczema book, Mom asks, Doctor answers

You know how it is. If you’re lucky you’re actually seeing a specialist dermatologist but most of you are probably going backwards and forwards to your GP, desperate to find answers, always leaving with more questions than you arrived with. Steroids and emollients and the suggestion to stop scratching being the extent to the pearls […]

How Protopic for eczema changed my life

Protopic is an ointment for treating eczema but it’s not a steroid, instead it is an immunosuppressant containing Tacrolimus, so it doesn’t have the negative side effects that even weak steroids have like thinning of the skin and steroid withdrawal reactions. What’s not to like? This is my review of using it for about 3-4 […]

Is coffee making me wheeze?

The ‘itching palms and soles of feet’ saga continues after yesterday, my test coffee, made from fresh ground beans, initially seemed to not cause any reaction. By lunch time though I was rubbing my palms and wriggling my feet. The itch was back… Having already collected a whole rash of allergies I am still very […]