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 quality of life of both [...]

Titanium Sensitivity and Safety – by Alex Gazzola

It’s not an allergy which many people, including experts, have heard of, and yet for some, titanium – in the form of the colouring and UV absorber titanium dioxide – could be causing sensitivities and other problems. Alex Gazzola reports. Named after the Titans of Greek mythology, titanium is an extremely strong metal, highly resistant to corrosion, [...]

Chemical Allergen In Skin Care Products To Be Removed

Manufacturers of skin care products and toiletries are being advised to remove from products the chemical methylisothiazolinone (MIT), which has been used as an effective preservative since 2006, following a safety review, authorised in accordance with the European Cosmetic Products legislation. Since then, however, there have been steadily increasing concerns from dermatologists about the sharp [...]

The role of food in Nickel Allergy – by Janice Joneja

The role of food in NICKEL ALLERGY explained by Janice Joneja PhD, RD Food allergy caused by nickel was first suspected when dermatologists noticed that some people exhibited symptoms of dermatitis on skin surfaces that were not in contact with any known allergen. These dermatologists suspected that the allergenic source might be in something ingested [...]

Desensitisation – an alternative treatment – by Dr Damien Downing

Described by Dr Damien Downing MBBS, MSB, President, British Society for Ecological Medicine. Over the past 30 years we have been living through an epidemic of allergies and autoimmune diseases (and cancers). Our genes cannot have changed enough to account for this; the one thing that could explain all three and which has changed dramatically [...]

The Growing Problem with Fragrance – by Alex Gozzola

A 2012 report recommended that the number of fragrance allergens subject to compulsory individual labelling when they are present in cosmetic products should be increased from the current 26 to around 130 – and that three should be banned altogether. Alex Gazzola reveals the 300-page report’s key findings, looks at how those sensitive to fragrances [...]

“Good” versus “Bad” Plants for a low allergen garden – by Dr Tim Wreghitt

At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-26) the Royal College of Pathologists will showcase which plants to choose when creating a garden area to minimize the risk of respiratory allergies such as hay fever and asthma caused by exposure to wind-borne plant pollens. As well as low allergen plants, the garden [...]

The facts about PPD and Hair Colorants

From The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) What is PPD? PPD (paraphenylenediamine or p-phenylenediamine) is an ingredient used in permanent (also known as oxidative) hair colorants. PPD is permitted as a hair colorant ingredient by the European Cosmetics Directive, 76/768/EEC (now re-cast as the Cosmetics Regulation No. 1223/2009). This means PPD is allowed for [...]

Worming my way out of allergy, food intolerance, MCS and more… by John Scott

John Scott My health problems began in early childhood with allergic asthma, which segued into perennial rhinitis in my teens and sinusitis in my twenties. Then, in my thirties, I began to experience difficulty tolerating food, at which point I consulted some of the best allergists in the UK.  This led to a diagnosis of [...]