6 Quick Things You Can Do To Deal With Allergy Anxiety

Start conquering your food allergy anxiety with these 6 quick steps:

  1. write out what your anxious about
  2. google the stuff you don’t know
  3. buy health/travel insurance & an allergy translation card (be sure to call and confirm your allergy is covered)
  4. always have your medication
  5. tell someone about your allergy
  6. keep practicing!

The more we practice managing our allergies, the more we figure out what we can do to own our food allergies, the more control we’re going to have over our allergy anxiety.

EAS 058: Marci Komssi Shares The Best Way To Get Your Teenager To Remember Their Adrenaline Pens

Today’s Guest:

Marci Komssi

WEBSITE: https://www.allerware.com/

TWITTER: @AllerWareLLC

Marci Komssi is an allergy mum who has twin boys, but only one has an allergy. Her son was diagnosed with severe allergies to dairy, soya, peanuts, tree nuts and environmental allergies 13 years ago. Marci talks me through her journey finding her way through being allergy safe at a time there wasn’t as much information as now. During this time Marci’s son has had number of severe allergic reactions which have happened out of the blue.

What You’ll Learn:

I ask Marci about her experiences of her son’s allergic reactions and having to administer his epipen (epinephrine pen). We talk about how these experiences, although difficult have been an incredibly important learning experience. Marci and her husband looked at and re-evaluated how they handled allergies and how the school should handle allergies.

When allergy kids turn into allergy teens can be a tough time. Not only do they have allergies, they also have hormones. How should your parenting change to accommodate this change? I ask Marci exactly this. Marci shares her tips and has the most amazing strategy! Check out the episode from 19:00. I promise you will be inspired!

Marci also talks me through how she happened to start Allerware and the temporary allergy alert tattoos and bracelets.

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EAS 054: Kids With Allergies Finale – Mentoring an Allergy Mum

Today is the finale in our Allergy Kids Series.  Over the months of September and October each week I have been talking to kids with food allergies about what they really think about having allergies and how they live with them everyday. These allergy kids range from as young as 4 years old all the way up to the grownup allergy kids. The aim of this series is to give you an insight into the thoughts, likes, dislikes, worries and celebrations of allergy kids and how it changes over the years. 

In the finale of the series I have invited on Allergy Mum Lusi to ask me questions. The cycle has come full circle now and that is something to celebrate! From our parents as our protectors, our educators and our advocators, now we allergy kids can start helping the new generation of allergy parents.

I think this is such a wonderful circle because we can provide reassurance that allergy kids don’t have to suffer or miss out. Instead we can learn to use our allergies to become better, more creative, more skilled and more compassionate people!

A new project I am just dipping my toe into the water with is mentoring. I want to help newly diagnosed parents, allergy kids and allergy teens to be more confident. So, in this episode I invited Lusi to come on the podcast and have a recorded session where she can ask me any questions she likes. What does she want to know about living with allergies? What are her fears and worries for her daughter as she’s growing up and how can she as a Mum help.

Resources:

Check out my mentoring page here and book your free 15 minute consultation.

 

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

To get more EAS content sent directly to your device as they become available, you can subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio!

One of our little goals we would love to achieve for is to get into the iTunes “New & Noteworthy” Section, it means we get free front page advertising on iTunes, how great for allergy awareness! But we can’t do it without you. Please subscribe, rate and review on iTunes so that the people at Apple will take notice of our podcast

And lastly, if you have any questions, thoughts, or guests you want to see on the show, please contact me via the contact page.

Pre-Ordering Available until 14th Nov. 2017

For those of you who have been following my blog and podcast for a little while you’ll know I’ve written a Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy & Egg Free Chocolate Recipe Book. It is the ultimate guide to working with dairy free chocolate with an amazing array of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, biscuits, sweet morsels and other delights.

After a year of work Chocolate Treats: decadent delights free from the top 14 allergens is now available for pre-order!

If you want to get your hands on a copy in time for Christmas make sure you check it out today!

Eczema Survival Guide: 9 Things That Make the WORLD of a Difference

Eczema Survival Guide: 9 Things That Make the WORLD of a Difference

The second instalment of the Eczema Survival Guide. In this article Ali White from allergymums.co.uk shares the 9 things she’s discovered over the years of dealing with urticaria that makes such a huge difference in her day to day life. 

1

Apply any steroid cream you have BEFORE moisturising.

2

Always moisturise after a bath and shower to lock the water in. If the moisturiser feels tacky just let in sink in.

3

Always moisturise before bed, night time is a good repair time.

4

Use the PALM of your hand to moisturise, in a downward movement. Don’t rub, or go up and down as that can irritate the hair follicles and make things worse. I’ve bolded this as it’s really important. You don’t want to further irritate your skin.

5

If your hands are bad then buy a pair of cotton gloves. Slather emolliate on your hands and wear the gloves overnight. This can make a big difference.

6

Make sure you have the right antihistamine. I went back to my GP who doubled the dose I was on. I had no idea I was on a low dose of antihistamine…taking the maximum dose has really helped my skin.

7

Cut your nails short. I scratch at night, in my sleep (argh). Do everything you can to limit the damage you’re doing to your skin.

8

Cool showers only, and limit baths to 15 minutes. Don’t soak forever, or use very hot water. It will dry out your skin.

9

Wear breathable clothing. Cotton is your friend, polyester…not so much.

Finally…your skin will always be vulnerable. This is a lifelong regime, not something you do until your eczema calms down. You need to commit to constant moisturising whether you feel you need it or not. Once your skin is dry then you are likely to suffer. Keeping it from getting dry in the first place is the best thing you can do.

Ali White

Ali White

Allergy sufferer, allergy mum and founder of allergy mums.co.uk

The Eczema Survival Guide: How to Deal with Eczema Flares

The Eczema Survival Guide: How to Deal with Eczema Flares

It’s not quite winter anymore, but I wanted to post this great article anyway. After our podcast chat (Episode 4 & Episode 5) Ali White from allergymums.co.uk was very kind to write up her tops tips for dealing with severe eczema and some of the tips and tricks she uses to stay sane amidst the itch. Check it out! I know you’re going to find it useful! – Nina x

Tis the season to be itching…there ought to be a song for Eczema sufferers with those lyrics. It’s winter. So the air is dryer, the temperature colder and those of us with dry skin and eczema suffer more at this time of year.

I’ve been through all sorts with my skin. Eczema that cracks and bleeds, scalp beyond itchy, chronic urticaria due to a chemical allergy which meant my face was covered with a rash for years. Fortunately a dermatologist did patch testing which showed an allergy to Tocopheryl Acetate; which is in shampoo, deodorants, makeup, lipstick, sunscreen plus loads of other stuff. So the Urticaria is gone, but I’m still dealing with cracked, sore hands and legs that flare with such intense itching that they feel hot and impossible to ignore. The rest of the time they are just dry, red and itchy.

Skin conditions are something that remain tricky to treat. The current thinking is that Eczema is caused by a defect in the skin barrier, with the eczema being triggered by allergens such as dust, or foods, or animals. Scratching just releases more histamine, which makes the reaction worse. So you might feel initially better for scratching that itch, but it will be very temporary and you really are making a bad situation worse.

Tis the season to be itching…there ought to be a song for Eczema sufferers with those lyrics. It’s winter. So the air is dryer, the temperature colder and those of us with dry skin and eczema suffer more at this time of year.

I’ve been through all sorts with my skin. Eczema that cracks and bleeds, scalp beyond itchy, chronic urticaria due to a chemical allergy which meant my face was covered with a rash for years. Fortunately a dermatologist did patch testing which showed an allergy to Tocopheryl Acetate; which is in shampoo, deodorants, makeup, lipstick, sunscreen plus loads of other stuff. So the Urticaria is gone, but I’m still dealing with cracked, sore hands and legs that flare with such intense itching that they feel hot and impossible to ignore. The rest of the time they are just dry, red and itchy.

Skin conditions are something that remain tricky to treat. The current thinking is that Eczema is caused by a defect in the skin barrier, with the eczema being triggered by allergens such as dust, or foods, or animals. Scratching just releases more histamine, which makes the reaction worse. So you might feel initially better for scratching that itch, but it will be very temporary and you really are making a bad situation worse.

So…my eczema winter survival guide:

1

Drink loads of water. Really…not tea, coffee or sugary drinks. But water. If you’re well hydrated your skin has a better chance of being well hydrated.

2

Moisturise like crazy. I moisturise 3 times a day. Morning, night and midday. Moisturise morning and night regardless of whether you feel you need it. You need to keep your skin in good condition all the time. Yes…this is a drag but better than being itchy. Really…midday? Yes. Is it easy? No. I have moisturiser with me at all times and I lock myself in the toilet and moisture my arms and legs.

3

Choosing your moisturiser: The higher the oil content the better at locking in moisture a moisturiser is. Everyone is different and likes different textures of moisturisers so do experiment. You may need to change over time if you find a moisturiser is no longer working. Go back to your GP and try something different if what you’ve been prescribed doesn’t work.

4

Keep a diary to better understand triggers – animals, food, dust, shampoo etc. can all set off eczema.

5

Don’t use soap – it’s very drying. Use a soap alternative. Don’t spend a fortune in Boots – get it from your GP. Emollients like Epaderm may be greasy but they really do help.

Ali White

Ali White

Allergy sufferer, allergy mum and founder of allergy mums.co.uk

Allergic Life and You: How Should You Start 2017?

Allergic Life and You: How Should You Start 2017?

As the Christmas Season is upon us and the 2017 will be on it’s way very shortly, we are taking time to think about what our new year’s resolution should be.

Our allergic lives can be overshadowed with fear, doubt and frustration. How many labels do we have to check every single bloomin’ day?! Repeating again and again about allergens, what is and is not ok. Watching everything that you haven’t prepared and making sure there is no cross contamination.

Anyone ever had to quickly shout “Wait! Don’t use that knife on that piece of food too, you could kill me or at least make me really ill…!”?

But life with allergies doesn’t have to focus on these negative parts.

Here at Eat Allergy Safe we believe life is made up of SO much more. That’s why we want and need to celebrate our #allergywins!

And you know what?

We did just that.

 

 

 

Back in early November we attended the Allergy & Free From Show in Liverpool. Our aim of the show was to celebrate YOU! To celebrate the things that go right with our allergies! Maybe it was an allergy free birthday cake, a special allergy free dinner prepared by friends or family. If you felt special, it was an #allergywin!

We had a WHOLE wall of our stand dedicated to your #allergywins. It was so inspiring to see and read all of your posts.

 

One of my favourite #allergywin posts was by a little girl who has coeliac disease, she wrote “My family took me to a restaurant to show me what I can eat.” How wonderful is that!

We even got a mention on twitter and on the Safer Eating Website. Karen Woodford who is also Coeliac wrote a post sharing her Free From Wins.

 

Yes living with allergies can be stressful. Yes living with allergies can take a lot of organising. Yes living with allergies you do say the same thing over and over again. But there are so many wonderful things that should be celebrated.

Many of the #allergywins put on our wall were quite small. But in our lives, the lives of allergy sufferers and free fromers, the small things are what mean the world to us.

And, the small things should be celebrated!

So how are you going to start 2017?

Start celebrating your #allergywins by sharing yours using the comment box below! 😀