Eczema, stress and itching

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged on here and I apologise whole heartedly for leaving you all so lonely and ignored for so long. You’ll be pleased to hear that I’m back on it! There is a part of the brain, I call it my blogging muscle, which sometimes gets all used up. It […]

Could An Allergy ‘Cause’ An Eating Disorder?

People who grow up with food allergies typically have a different relationship to food than those who grow up allergy-free. While this by no means indicates that an eating disorder will naturally develop (far from it!), it is worth noting that someone who has experienced a frequent adverse reaction after eating will typically think a […]

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 […]

5 Common Adult Skincare Issues & How to Treat Them

What are the five most common skin conditions in adults? Not surprisingly they include eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea or melasma. If you have any of these conditions this blog post is for you. Melasma? I hear you cry. I know. I learnt something new from this infographic so I thought I’d share it. I have […]

Kissing eases eczema and allergy symptoms

You heard it here first! Kissing is good for you. Well we all know that, but kissing when you have eczema and allergies could be particularly beneficial! I love this piece of news, more proof that snogging is seriously underated and I can’t think of a much better treatment for eczema and allergies, can you? […]

Is depression an allergic reaction to inflammation?

Just a very quick blogette for you today. I saw this, which is actually not new news, it was reported in January this year but still merits attention. New research has discovered that some depression is caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation in the body. I have long suspected that this might be the […]

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?

Thanks to my friend Andy for sharing this link to an article from the Guardian, “Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?”, which explores recent research and the views of many scientists who believe that depression is increasingly a result inflammation caused by the body’s immune system. The labels ‘depression‘ or ‘mental health‘ are still […]

30 tips to help you stop scratching eczema

Scratching is a horrible vicious cycle you cannot get out of when eczema gets bad. Here are some things that I’ve found have helped me to stop scratching, although stopping altogether is not always a realistic aim. If you are itchy, don’t beat yourself up that you scratch. It’s OK to scratch. Sometimes the itch […]

Pruritus ani or itchy bum, labial eczema

We all have a bottom and private parts and those of us with eczema, psoriasis or a tendency towards sensitive skin may at some point in time experience pruritus ani and/or anal or labial eczema. Anyone can get this condition (although labial only gets the girls, obviously) although those with atopic skin, sensitive or dry […]