Allergies Suck! How having an allergy can impact your life

Girl crying because she has allergies

When you suffer from allergies or live with someone who does, you soon come to realise that they can impact almost every aspect of  how you lead your day-to-day life.  Managing your allergies becomes a very important part of your life. The following list is what immediately comes to mind when thinking of how allergies can impact your life: Lack of spontaneity You can't just do things on … [Read more...]

(Almost) Allergy Free Holiday to Portugal

Girls outside CandyLand in Albufeira Portugal

When travelling to somewhere new, I now find it quite stressful and worry if we are going to be faced with an allergic incident such as  the infamous wool carpet one.  I always try and carry out my own risk assessment as best I can and plan for any eventuality before setting off.  So, armed with our Allergy Medication, Sun Lotions and potions, we embarked on a week long holiday to Portugal to … [Read more...]

Molluscum Contagiosum

Close up of Molluscum Contagiosum on back

This post isn't about allergies, it's about a really horrible virus called Molluscum Contagiosum, which spreads by a process called autoinoculation, and how it affected my daughter.   Molluscum Contagiosum is a fairly common childhood virus that affects around 1 in 6 children between the ages of 1-10. We eventually reached our wits end with this condition so I am posting this information in the … [Read more...]

Allergic to Horses

Before the Sneezing Started!

Another allergy - Allergic to Horses! We took the girls horse riding for a treat at the end of the Summer Holidays a couple of years ago.  They were so excited to be going and had been looking forward to it for ages. As a precaution my eldest daughter (who has the most allergies) took her maximum daily allowance of anti-histamine (Loratadine) before we went. The riding lesson was for … [Read more...]

Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis) after The Saturdays concert

I had an Allergic Reaction to wool carpets recently.  Here's what happened.... Thursday 11th February 2011 - The Saturdays concert. We were stood by the bus stop waiting to travel to The Saturdays concert when mum asks 'Have you got your medicine?' instantly I reply, 'No you have it' mum then tells me that she doesn't have it so I assure her that I will be fine and wouldn't need it. Well, … [Read more...]

Allergic Reaction to Wool Carpets!

Last Thursday; the day that my two eldest daughters and their friends had been looking forward to since Christmas finally arrived.  They had all been excitedly counting down the days since receiving tickets for Christmas to see their favourite Girl Band "The Saturdays" in concert in Manchester. We picked the girls up from school, took them home for a quick change of clothing and then set off to … [Read more...]

Allergic Reaction – my first memory of a severe allergic reaction to food.

Picture of little girl with hives and red blotches on her face

I am eleven years old and it is very hard for me to live with allergies, for one main reason – all of my friends have animals like cats and dogs, both of which I am allergic to. Whenever I want to see my friends outside of school they have to come and visit me at my house or I have to take medicine before I can visit them. I am still at risk of getting ill even when I have had this medicine and … [Read more...]

How Many Allergies?

Girls with Allergies and Food Intolerances looking happy and healthy in garden

Our allergies include the following: Penicillin Cats Dogs Horses Wool Tree Pollen Grass Pollen Plasters and Adhesive Lactose Intolerance Having Ears Pierced! Still trying to pinpoint chemical allergy (problems after coming into contact with new sofa bed) Apple Cider Vinegar Gloss Paint Fumes Have grown out of the following: Egg Allergy (severe) Citric Acid … [Read more...]

Always check the labels for ingredients!

Lady in supermarket checking the label on food

You can't afford to be complacent when you have food allergies.  You should always read the labels on food packaging and check the ingredients.  Even if it is something that you regularly eat, the ingredients may have changed since you last ate it. … [Read more...]

The start of my allergy journey – Where it all began

Allergic Baby on her christening day

My journey into a life with allergies started in October 1999 with the arrival of my first child.  My daughter arrived into the world by emergency c-section, twelve days overdue and weighing a healthy 9lbs and 3oz. Pregnancy did not agree with me, I spent the whole pregnancy from 6 weeks onwards feeling sick and vomiting.  I ate as healthily as I possibly could, even forcing myself to eat … [Read more...]