I cant believe that it has been a year since I had my first injection of omalizumab also known as Xolair. I am on xolair for spontaneous idiopathic urticaria (hives) and angioedema (swelling), it also benefits my asthma as well although the dose I am on is higher than what I would be taking if… Continue reading A year on Omalizumab
Medic Alert- my security blanket
When it comes to my health I have a few security blankets one being my inhalers and the second my medic alert bracelet. When you live with a condition that can render you speechless it is a huge fear that I won't be able to tell anyone what is wrong with me if I need… Continue reading Medic Alert- my security blanket
Spontaneous Idiopathic Urticaria
Finally I have a formal diagnosis of spontaneous idiopathic urticaria for the allergic type symptoms I have been experiencing and unable to control despite multiple different types of anti histamines, anti leukotriene receptors, histamine-1 blockers and oral corticosteroids. The outbreaks of hives and associated itching as well as angioedema can often be debilitating and leave… Continue reading Spontaneous Idiopathic Urticaria
Drugs going out of stock in lockdown
aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh they are stopping making one of my drugs!!! A phone call from my pharmacist to tell me that they cannot get hold of one of my drugs is something no patient ever likes to hear let alone during lockdown and even less so when it is one of your allergy meds and you have… Continue reading Drugs going out of stock in lockdown
Coping with allergic reactions
I have written a lot about my allergies and how the affect me. Being allergic to salicylic acid is a nightmare. It is in everything from fruit and veg to toothpaste. I have been salicylate free for a good 10 or so years now. On days where my asthma is not too bad I can… Continue reading Coping with allergic reactions
I can't believe I have not posted about Ghillie. For the longest time I have wanted to get a dog. I had cocker spaniels as a kid and my grandparents always had dogs and rescue dogs. While working I always thought I would never be able to have a dog as it would just not… Continue reading Welcome Ghillie
Cleaning products and lung health
Reading the BBC news online I came across an article about cleaning products and lung health. A study carried out in Norway found that using a micro fibre cloth and water was suitable for most purposes rather than the products full of chemicals which advertise themselves as killing 99.9% of all bacteria etc. Cleaning particularly house… Continue reading Cleaning products and lung health
Itching, burning and needed advice.
Just to say before getting into this post, I attempted to get advice and help for the situation I was in but hit a brick wall. All is semi ok now thank goodness and all is safe. In previous posts I have talked about allergic reactions and allergies, which of late (last 6 months or… Continue reading Itching, burning and needed advice.