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Welcome to the new Allergy Best Buys Blog!

Living with allergies can be a challenge. There you are, living your life when – wham – a hidden nut in a pizza, a trace of detergent in your pillowcase, a flurry of mould spores from windblown leaves sets off your asthma, eczema, hayfever or food allergies.

My blog is here so we can all share experiences, recommend treatments or tests, and help each other with the daily problems of coping with allergies.

  • Can CBD Oil help the dreaded itch of eczema?

    CBD oil has been claimed to relieve the symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions like psoriasis. But does it really work?

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  • An egg-free revolution with chickpea water!

    Did you know that instead of rinsing the liquid from tinned chickpeas down the drain it can be used to replace egg whites in many sweet and savoury dishes?

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  • Are you allergic to Elastoplast?

    If you react to sticking plasters you are probably sensitised to the rosin (or colophony) that is used in the adhesive. In the European Union all products containing more than 1% colophony have to be labelled with an allergy warning.

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  • Gluten free Fish & Chips – a word of warning

    For the growing number of those with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, a portion of fried fish from the local chippy is off the menu because of the wheat flour and baking powder used to make the batter.

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  • Scary teddies teach parents about dustmites & allergies

    The Norwegian Heart and Lung Association wants parents to be aware of the dangers of dustmites in their children’s bedrooms and is using adverts showing teddy bears dressed as Hitler, Gaddafi and Kim Jong-il to get their message across.

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  • What’s the best treatment for hand eczema? Help researchers find out.

    UK-wide trial to work out which is the best treatment for chronic hand eczema is being coordinated by researchers from the University of Leeds.

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  • Scented candles - a whiff of danger

    In March last year, a team of experts tested six scented candles and identified they gave off a host of potentially dangerous industrial chemicals including formaldehyde and VOCs known to raise the risk of respiratory problems and cancer.

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  • Eye Lash Glue Allergy

    Eyelash extensions give great, longlasting glamour. But about one in twenty clients will develop an allergy to the adhesives used to apply them. Symptoms of allergic reaction to lash adhesives are mainly swollen, red, sore lids, sometimes with crusting.

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  • Light Therapy for The Midnight Munchies

    Did you know that people with Night Eating Syndrome (NES) consume 25per cent or more of their daily calories after the evening meal and may also wake in the middle of the night for food?** Sound like you? Help is at hand. Night Eating Syndrome is linked

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  • Tattoo Allergy – think before you ink

    In a study published recently in “Contact Dermatitis”, researchers found that 4% of those with tattoos had experienced a rash immediately after being “inked” and an additional 6% reported skin problems including severe itching and swelling lasting longer

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  • How to tackle ‘Lip-licking eczema’

    Very cold or very hot weather or particularly dry winds can make lips dry and flaky or chapped. Licking to ease the dryness leads to a vicious circle of lip licking, dryness, redness and chapping.

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  • Hair Chalk Allergy warning

    Hair chalking is the recent craze among teenagers that involves using a piece of Hairchalkcoloured pastel chalk on strands of hair then locking the colour in with straighteners. It may be the newest teen trend in temporary hair colour, but the American F

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