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We have been providing information, advice and support to people made chronically ill through allergy and those who care for them since 1978. We are here to help you, so please get in touch.

Spotlight On The Future For Patients With Chronic Respiratory Disease

SPOTLIGHT ON THE FUTURE FOR PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC RESPIRATORY DISEASE Jenny Sims reports on the AGM of The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA).    On the landmark day a restaurateur was jailed for six years for manslaughter for selling a curry containing nuts to a peanut allergy sufferer, allergy patients’ leaders from throughout Europe were meeting [...]

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Action Against Allergy (AAA) is a registered national charity founded in 1978 by Mrs Amelia Nathan Hill who, since childhood, had suffered allergic reactions to many different foods and chemicals. She was chronically ill with migraine, stomach upsets, painful limbs and joints and other symptoms so severe that she was bedridden for long periods. Her doctor thought she was being poisoned!

After many years and help from methods devised by the late Dr Richard Mackarness using elimination diets,  Amelia was able to control her allergies and enjoy a normal life. She wrote her own story of her fight for health, Against the Unsuspected Enemy, which inspired thousands to write to her to share their own allergy problems and express their desperate need for help. Amelia founded AAA to give that help – and it has done so ever since.

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Please see just four of our most recent articles here. If you would like to view all our articles, then please go to our Articles page where you can select a category to see all the articles for that subject.

The Oats Issue

THE OAT ISSUE - to be an allergen or not to be an allergen Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, founder of the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards and trustee of Action Against Allergy. Back in August (1915) Ruth of What Allergy? was at a judging session for the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards at which [...]

How To Beat Dry Skin – by Alex Gazzola

We all suffer from at least a few patches of dry skin from time to time, but not all of us know how to tackle it, or what might be best for our skin in different circumstances. Alex Gazzola looks at what dry skin really means, and what can [...]

Helping Children To Face The Allergy Challenge

Dr Polly James explains the background to this innovative service  I am delighted to say that I have been in post now, as the Paediatric Clinical Psychologist for Children’s Allergy Service St Thomas’ Hospital, since February 2016. This is all thanks to Action Against Allergy who have generously funded this [...]

The Eczema Education Programme

An innovation to help families of children with eczema Karina Jackson, Consultant Nurse, St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St. Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, London We know childhood eczema is a common condition affecting 15–20% of children under 7 years in the UK1 which can significantly impact on the [...]

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Allergy Newsletter is a colourful 48 page journal published in Spring, Summer and Winter. It is FREE to members of Action Against Allergy and available to non-members at £3 per issue. All prices include postage for UK addresses, for other destinations please contact us.

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NO.117 SUMMER 2016

Before you pack, read HOW TO KEEP YOUR ALLERGIES AT BAY WHILE ON HOLIDAY, learn which products help to beat dry skin, and more.

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From 1 – 30 September 2016 talkhealth teamed up with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Action Against Allergy and other organisations to present an online clinic on skin conditions.  The clinic remains open for viewing all posts, one of which we give below.

Eczema or Acne?

Two years ago I first started getting eczema and January of this year it appeared on my cheeks. It was there for around 4/5 months then managed to disappear. The last month or so though I’ve been getting bumps on the sides of my face. They are sort of acne like, but I have never suffered from acne so I’m not fully sure. They don’t tend to get heads like spots do, they’re just bumps.

But since I am still nervous of getting the eczema returning on my cheeks, I don’t know what kind of skincare to use. Do I use skin products for dry skin or eczema? As these feel really oily and greasy on my skin now. But if I switch to products for acne could they dry my skin back out again?

They aren’t painful, I just have no idea what’s best for my skin now.

Reply from Dr. Miriam Wittmannmiriumwittmann_000
Associate Professor in Inflammatory Diseases
I understand the skin lesions which have appeared on your face are neither itchy nor painful. If there is no itch it is very unlikely to be eczema. It is possible that this could be rosacea (however, impossible to diagnose without seeing it). It would be good to discuss this potential diagnosis with your GP as there are some specific creams which can be prescribed (containing metronidazole, azelaic acid or ivermectin).

In the meantime, the recommendation is to use products for “sensitive” skin (but   not very greasy products as sometimes used for eczema conditions) and to avoid direct sunlight exposure as this can aggravate rosacea conditions.

For more visit http://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/online clinics and see it listed on Past Clinics.