I live in Birmingham, UK, with my boyfriend and two daughters.
My eldest daughter Anya was diagnosed with eczema and food allergies (dairy and egg) at six months old which at the age of three had progressed to hayfever and asthma as well.
When she was six months old doctors told us she would grow out of her allergies by the time she was two, but she didn’t.
The first two pieces I wrote, ‘Non IgE Mediated Allergies’ and ‘The Allergic March’ were for the CAN website (which is now no more) and were meant to give more in depth advice for families like us. I don’t want to ‘dumb down’ this information as I think the NHS already does that and leaves gaps in our knowledge.
I have a degree in Biology, but always avoided immunology, which now I see would have come in handy! I have an interest in cross reactivity of allergens, what people consider to be unusual allergies, parasitology and anything normal people find disgusting.