Symptoms of Coeliac Disease

  Are you one of the estimated half a million people in the UK who is completely unaware that they are living with coeliac disease? Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune disease affecting 1% of the UK's population, yet one in eight sufferers go undiagnosed.  The average time for diagnosis is approx 13 years. Symptoms of Coeliac Disease  With a whole range of symptoms (mild to … [Read more...]

Coeliac Disease – What is it?

Coeliac Disease Coeliac Disease [pronounced see-liac] (and spelled as celiac in North America) is a serious autoimmune disease that affects one percent of the UK's population. Coeliac Disease isn't a food allergy or a simple food intolerance and is completely different from Wheat Allergy. If gluten is consumed (even the tiniest amount) by someone with coeliac disease, the immune system will … [Read more...]

Coeliac Awareness Week 2013

One percent of the UK's population suffer from coeliac disease. Coeliac UK estimate that there are over half a million people in the UK who are completely unaware that they are living with coeliac disease; that's 1 in 8 sufferers going undiagnosed.  Are you one of them? The average time for diagnosis is 13 years, mainly due to the fact that coeliac disease isn't as widely recognised as it should … [Read more...]

Can Local Honey Cure Allergies?

Honey has a long, documented history of medicinal use and is considered to have miraculous healing properties.   There are many benefits attributed to honey, such as: immune boosting, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Honey also acts as a powerful antioxidant and is thought to contain carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties. Historically, honey has been used topically to treat … [Read more...]

Top Tips For Surviving Pollen Allergies

Winter is over and the sun is finally shining; the trees and flowers are in full bloom.  Sounds idyllic, but for hay fever and seasonal pollen allergy sufferers, this just marks the beginning of their misery and discomfort.  The last couple of years have been particularly arduous for hay fever sufferers. This year we've had a long and drawn out winter, and spring certainly hasn't sprung early. … [Read more...]

Fighting Pollen Allergies

It’s a wonderful morning and you can't wait to have your early morning  jog,  suddenly you feel that familiar itchy feeling in your nose.  Before you know it, you are off running and sneezing at the same time.  Sounds familiar?  The cause of this annoyance can be attributed to tiny natural irritants in the air. Pollen allergies (also known as Allergic Rhinitis and Hay Fever) are seasonal … [Read more...]

Types of Cold Urticaria

Imagine never being able to venture outdoors in freezing temperatures or have a nice ice cold drink  or a cooling dip in the sea on a scorching hot day?   These are just some of the issues that Cold Urticaria suffers have to endure. Most people have never heard of  this unusual allergy let alone know that there are in fact four different types of it. The four types of cold urticaria … [Read more...]

What is Asthma?

In the UK alone, there are over 18,000 new cases or first episodes of Asthma presented on average each week. Asthma can be life threatening without proper medical intervention and some lifestyle modification. Exactly what is Asthma? Asthma is a respiratory condition characterized by difficulty in breathing, chest tightening coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma is usually caused by … [Read more...]

Do Allergy Free Dogs Exist?

As an animal lover it can be very upsetting to discover you are allergic to dogs. A paper published in the veterinary Record by Dr Jane Murray in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at Bristol University, states that 39% of households in the UK own at least one dog and over 10.5 million dogs are owned in the UK. Having an allergy to dogs is relatively common and particularly so in … [Read more...]

Cold Urticaria

Urticaria is more commonly known as hives or nettle rash and is characterized by itchy bumps and rashes developing on the skin.   Most people with allergies are familiar with hives that are brought on by eating or drinking something that they are allergic to. There is a less well known form of Urticaria which is cold induced and more commonly experienced in winter. What is cold urticaria? Put … [Read more...]