My dermatologist said ‘Clear the dance floor’.

I have just had my six monthly checkup with my Dermatologist, Dr John Reed at Oxford Churchill Hospital. We were discussing his insistence that using steroids more frequently to dampen down and reduce inflammation would help my skin. It’s a tough one, I always want to follow his advice but there is always a voice […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Adrenaline auto-injector review; needle length and muscle depth

2% of the UK population have a diagnosed allergy and many of those will be carrying an adrenalin auto-injector. We trust them, we know these little devices save lives and they give us some security that we have instant access to the drugs that will hopefully reverse an anaphylactic reaction and give time for emergency […]

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 […]

A trip to the allergy clinic – what to expect!

I look forward to my trips to the allergy clinic because I learn stuff every time, mainly about my skin and eczema because the specialist I see is a Dermatologist at Oxford Churchill Hospital. I am reminded I am not a hyperchondriac and that my allergies are real and my eczema is not that great. […]

10 eczema secrets your doctor won’t tell you

Here, as a New Year’s present just for all you people out there with eczema, Why not download a totally free pdf ebook right now called “10 secrets doctors won’t tell you”. We’ve all come across advertisements for ‘eczema cures’ from companies selling products that will help you get rid of eczema forever, which anyone […]

Interview with Dr Chris Steele, TV doctor and coeliac

Dr Chris Steele MBE, well known media doctor for ITVs This Morning programme and recently diagnosed with coeliac disease agreed to be interviewed by What Allergy about his views on coeliac disease, getting a diagnosis and how to maintain a healthy diet when you’re avoiding gluten. He has been involved as a Health Ambassador for […]