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    Researchers believe nearly 40 per cent of kids in the UK suffer from some sort of allergy, and there can be a bewildering array of causes. Read more →

    I am a 36 year old diabetic, I get bad tummies and migraines all the time, and had a basic food allergy test from Yorktest, and they told me I have an allergy from something - but I need the £200 test to work out what - but I can't afford that - is there a way I can find out what this allergy is without spending a vast amount of money?





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    I have this allergy to. I took Clorphenamine Maleate and my Rash cleared up in about a week

    my daughter has an itchy painful rash in her armpit is thios an allergy





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    I saw on the show about the allergy testing kits that you can buy from pharmacies. I've had a look in my local ones and I can't seem to find one. Does anyone know a reliable internet site to get one off?





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    do not use home test kits they are in no way reliable. If you truly believe someone in your house hold has a problem visit your gp

    When you say allergy triggered what is your lil one allergic too? My lil boy is lactose intollrant which i discovered myself as our gp s are crap! He doesnt have the normal symptoms if that makes sence?

    Hi sounds more like an allergy. Try dairy free for a week and you will see if there is a difference. My son was like that, he was diagnosed allergic to dairy at 9 months old. Hope this helps Kaz

    A dust allergy seems likely, I have this and whenever I go somewhere dusty I get itchy eyes and violent sneezing fits. Try and hoover often, dust regularly, remove any mould and just generally try and keep things clean.

    Hi, My son has this similar skin problems since he was born and everyone said it was prickly heat. However, he is now aged 9. He suffers this synptoms throughout whole year although the condition may go worse during hot weather. Some GPs said he could be allergy to something because occasionaly the infected area do swallon. Please help me to find out if this symptom can be cured. Thank you.





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    my 3 year old son has had symptoms of a cold for the past 2 years, runny nose, chesty cough,congestion,ear trouble.... we have taken him to the doctors, and we are told he will just out grow it, it makes him very tiered and miserable. we have been told it could be an allergy to something? help us help him please.





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    at the beginning of each cold, he will go through 1 maybe 2 nights where he really struggles to breath! one time we had to call the ambulance out, because he was that bad, it turned out to be an ear infection,but the said if we had left it any longer he would have started to fit....... its just really unfair for him, as he is never without a cold, and we dont no what to do! we were told it could be an allergy to something. but no, he has not suffered with broncilitus.

    My son was like this and it was due to his adenoids being to larg and bloking the back of his nose, he had them out at 3 years and was so happy after his breathing was so much better and infections cleared up.

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    at the beginning of each cold, he will go through 1 maybe 2 nights where he really struggles to breath! one time we had to call the ambulance out, because he was that bad, it turned out to be an ear infection,but the said if we had left it any longer he would have started to fit....... its just really unfair for him, as he is never without a cold, and we dont no what to do! we were told it could be an allergy to something. but no, he has not suffered with broncilitus.

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    Hiya mei, thankyou so much for your reply! The doctors and his dermatologist are refusing to do an allergy test so im at a loss, i do very much believe now he has some kind of milk allergy but i know he needs an allergy test done i just dont know where i can now go to get him one done, the hospital said in order for them to do one he will need to be referred by a doctor which they wont do! His skin never actually got to the point of it oozing but he had many open wounds due to scratching! I have tried the wet wrapping under his pjs or babygrow and he just screams and takes them off himself hes a very stubbon little boy! I havent tried the swimming though and the chlorhexidine ill do sone research first about if thankyou so much for your help Hayley :) x

    Yes, it would be best to see a pediatric dermatologist esp for the most practical reason, they have more range of steroid cream suitable for children, and therefore can switch cream should it not work - rather than keep on applying a cream that doesn't as the doc has limited range to prescribe. Allergy testing is useful too, in Singapore, children can get tested at skin centre or hospitals with a pediatric department. For allergy testing, you can refer to this interview with pediatric allergist http://eczemablues.com/2012/05/friday-dr-qa-with-dr-liew-elimination-diet-and-allergy-test/ Hope all is better now! Mei

    My son is nearly 4 years old and has really bad eczema i think he has an allergy of dairy products so I kept him off that but he still is getting it really bad I have got skin suits/wraps but not much different a I have tried all the creams and others some seem to make him worse, I have asked my GP for a allergy test but they said he will be in pain from it but he is in more pain with it. His hole body gets sore and swells up but doctor would not give intibiotics for it because they say there is no cure for it please help...





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    my son is 2 years old and he has a cows milk allergy which was confirmed with a blood test i now think he is allergic to fruit, is there a allergy test what could be done without him having to eat the fruit to test it





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    hiya i have just found out my son whos 5 cant have cows milk, How is it any advice is greatful xxxx

    Are you sure your little boy is not sensitive to the naturally occuring histamine in some fruit?

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    Oh dear I totally understand about not sleeping, am mom to an eczema child, who got it from 2 weeks old. So sorry to hear about the poor eating and sleep, hope his growth is still on track. I understand the numerous aspects of possible triggers to manage, have you taken an allergy test? That may help to eliminate what isn't triggering, so at least free you time not to have to worry about those. On allergy test, below is the interview w pediatric allergist http://eczemablues.com/2012/05/friday-dr-qa-with-dr-liew-elimination-diet-and-allergy-test/ On the smell, it's due to the oozing skin? Try preventing infection by chlorhexidine or swimming (but check first with your doc as not sure if recommended for serious eczema flare-ups). Flaky dry skin - does wet wrap help? one layer wet, the second dry, overnight? It helped in many children, including under hospital care. Take care, Mei of EczemaBlues

    Hi I keep going to the dr and not getting any help. My sons face will flare up with a rased very red rash around the eyes cheeks and neck. I think he has a food allergy as he can wake up screaming in pain at the night, he goes from loose poo (not quite diarrhoea) to constipation. I have tried replacing milk with soya but 30 min after breakfast his face flared up again. I'm dissapointed in my drs surgery as they won't let me see a different dr for a second oppinion. My health visitor saw his face and said it was def an allergy but all my dr says is its exma and gives me more steroid cream. I'm getting nowhere and my poor 2 year old is soffering.





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    My son was allergic to lactose which is in milk. I had to watch everything I gave him. It's difficult to elliminate all milk products because it is found in all sorts of food. Yogurt, cheese, biscuits, soups, ready meals and things you wouldn't even think of. You have to read all labels carefully and the best way to be sure is to make your own. It takes a while to get used to but once you sort it, it becomes a way of life. You can use his own milk substitute in recipes, make plenty so you can freeze it to make it easier each day.(You can do this for all the family cooking, it doesn't just have to be for him). His skin improved, he slept better and he could consentrate more. All the irritation went away. He grew out of the allergy by age 7 years. He is now 26 years old and has no problems. My grandaughter is the same now, she is only 4 weeks old and was crying constantly and covered in a rash so now my daughter has to do the same for her. Within a week she has improved!

    Hi my daughter is nearly 2 and ever since i took her off formula onto cows milk she has seemed to have this problem. She has been diagnosed with chronic constipation, sometimes she wont go for a week and when she does i have to help her with it. I have tried everything and now she has movicol. She isnt as constipated anymore but her poo is still small hard balls and looks almost white. i demanded a blood test last week which has come bk negative for milk allergy but has shown level 3 platelet antibodies (i was told basically there is an allergy going on there) and also low iron. I'm at my wits end shes always tired shes so pale im thinking it could be CD and if so does anybody know if she would have to have a biopsy as shes so young?





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    Hello. Doc would do a blood test first to test for antibodies the body makes to fight gluten in people with cd If that was positive then perhaps a biopsy but I understand that's not always done in young children to confirm diagnosis. I would demand blood test for cd. Speak with coeliac uk also they might be able to help x

    Hello. Doc would do a blood test first to test for antibodies the body makes to fight gluten in people with cd If that was positive then perhaps a biopsy but I understand that's not always done in young children to confirm diagnosis. I would demand blood test for cd. Speak with coeliac uk also they might be able to help x

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    I watched this episode on Friday night with little baby Daisy suffering from eczema - I thought that the doctor gave too vague an assessment of what might be causing this and didn't consider that this might be an underlying food allergy. My 4 year old daughter displayed very similar eczema at that age and I was told the same - just apply emoillients and she would grow out of the eczema. She didn't. The eczema got progressively worse, her quality of life was awful and she was hospitalised numerous times. After seeing a specialist at G.O.S.H. she was diagnosed with numerous food allergies - which all affect her eczema. I wouldn't be surprised if Daisy is allergic to dairy and egg and think it was a missed opportunity of the programme not to highlight the link between eczema and emerging food allergy.





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    calamine lotion and stoma powder mix a little of each together right before the change.its probably a food allergy

    What is the allergy home test kit used in the show please? Trying to buy one and no chemists have them, even tried a big Boots. (Or any other that you have found) Thanks Hanna





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    Can anyone help? On the show the doctor said you can buy allergy testing kits from the chemist, but on this site it says not to buy them. Has anyone tried them? If so which are the best? Thankyou





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    Hi, I would suggest that you demand to see a pediatrician. You are well within your rights to do so. If like my son he has plagio they will tell you that nothing can be done. This is not true, in most other western countries they use helmets, without question. You can't get them on the NHS. They cost about £2000, we are at the minute trying to raise the funds for my sons. They can be fitted up to the age of 14mnths. Don't let them fob you off. As a parent you know when something is not right with your child. After 6mnths of age, the chances of the skull righting itself drop significantly. Their is help out there, don't give up.

    Adding to the comment i posted on the 18th of january 2013 at 23:09pm..... i alao suffer from hayfever, and i think i have an allergy to dust too...... could i have asthma?(if its even posible to develope later in life





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    Hi my son is 4 yerar old but he have lots of allergy like agg, dry, fish, nuts, gluten, soy, he have asthma and eczema im a mether but I fell some time so bad for my son he havent that many food for him now thay give him epipan can u say to me mor about





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    It could be an allergy to MSG (Monosodium glutamate), It is a very common food additive, it can be quite easy to avoid if you cook most of your own food and buy good quality sauces etc.

    I have a 5 year old girl who has bad problems going for a poo. I have also noticed small raised bumps on her arms there all the time and every now and again a pin prick rash comes up on her ribs. i have seen my gp who referred her and they have said her pooing is just physological but im not convinced. Is there anything i can do prove this? and can this be an allergy?





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    Hi, my four year old boy suffers from infected excema. I've taken him to see a specialist and for allergy testing but it still persistently occurs in his creases. He even has an itch under his willy, so people constantly think he needs the wee but actually it's just him itching. Please can you advise on how I can stop this. I've had every cream prescribed to him.





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    my daughter has excema on her eyelids, the only thing that works is hydrocortizone cream but i dont want to keep using it what else can i use, or how else can i treat it? this problem is ruining her beautiful eyes

    simply vaseline worked for me

    My daughter is also 5, her eczema has worsened since starting school full time. Ihave taken her off dairy, gluten and soya, I bathe her in oats and apply almond oil. This has worked better than the heavy steroid creams from the GP. However I am going to a nutritionalist and allergy specialist next week, to find out more.

    my three children aged 5, 2.5 and 5months old bay have had severe eczema since birth, no sleep in the night regardless of pilton, have tried all the GPs prescription but invain. Even mamaged to visit the skin specialist but refused to carry out an allergy test instead assigned me community nurses. I so stressed because of what am going through. please can agood samaritan come up and help.Thanks.





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    Our 3yr old is the same, terrible scratching at night, little sleep. We managed to get into Leicester and saw a dietician. We now have him on a no egg/dairy/soya/potato diet which sounds worse than it is to control.

    We found that pretty much constant mouth ulcers were due to an allergy to sodium laureth sulphate - the foaming ingredient in toothpaste. Using sls free toothpaste was a suggestion from the family dentist, which worked within one week. Obviously, there are many other causes, but if all else fails, this is worth a try. Ingredients are listed on the packet.





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    I will have a look at that, my daugther is 10 and has mouth ulcers, usually 5/6 at a time almost permanently, with maybe 2/3 days break before the next outbreak.

    Coconut oil has anti-viral properties but not all coconut oil will not trigger allergy because the processing of it affects its allergenicity. VMV, a leading hypoallergenics co, will answer my question on eczemablues.com on coconut oil. Reminder that natural does not equal not allergenic. Do get patch test for your child when she's old enough.

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