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Allergy Blog

Scientists appeal to U.N for protection against EMF radiation

190 international scientists have appealed to the UN and World Health Organisation (WHO) to update the safety guidelines for exposure to wireless technologies, in the light of an increasing amount of evidence showing that they could pose health risks. … Read full post

A sneak peek into our allergy-friendly office!

Many of us who work here at The Healthy House have our own personal experiences of allergies. The allergies and sensitivities experienced by members of our team range from asthma, dust mite allergy and hay fever to eczema and multiple chemical sensitivity. Everything we do is underpinned by this understanding and personal experience. At The Healthy House, we like to practice what we preach! You won't find any strong perfumes, air fresheners, office pets or mouldy air conditioning units here - we would never risk having any of these allergens reaching your order. Even our catalogues are printed on chlorine-free paper using vegetable based inks, to take into account the needs of our chemically sensitive customers. … Read full post

Teacher with electrical sensitivity removes Wi-Fi from her classroom

Anura Lawson, a teacher from California, has successfully campaigned to remove Wi-Fi from her classroom due to her electrical sensitivity, making her the first public school teacher in the U.S.A. to do so. … Read full post

5 surprising asthma triggers and what you can do about them

Asthma affects over 5 million people here in the UK, with symptoms including chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. Avoiding triggers is an important part of managing your asthma, alongside your doctor's treatment plan. Here are 5 surprising potential triggers that you may not have expected to flare up your asthma...… Read full post

5 ways to beat allergy symptoms during exam season

Hay fever and asthma are debilitating conditions, and can add to the already immense pressure that young people are under during exam season. … Read full post

Indoor air quality - a bigger problem than you may think

Outdoor air pollution has been hitting the headlines very frequently. We're constantly hearing about the dangers of breathing in smoggy, congested air outside. Many of us living in cities find our homes to be a 'safe haven', where we can shut away the pollutants and allergens that lurk outside. However, according to research, it seems that our homes are not a sanctuary from pollution at all. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests that there may be 2-5 times more pollutants in indoor air than in outdoor air, ranking it one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.… Read full post

Manage your eczema symptoms WITHOUT steroids

With an estimated up to 10% of us experiencing eczema symptoms, it's a widespread problem that can cause uncomfortable and distressing symptoms.  It's tempting to reach straight for the steroids, but there are more natural methods that can be tried to treat the condition. The following suggestions are safe and gentle and, unlike steroids, do not carry the risk of lasting side-effects.… Read full post

Study shows prevalence of asthma among Olympic swimmers

A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has linked the combination of the swimming pool environment and endurance exercise to the development of asthma.… Read full post

Happy Easter! Stay symptom-free over the long weekend...

With the days getting longer and the main hay fever season looming, our focus is turning to staying symptom-free in the great outdoors.  If you've got allergies and you're going away for the Easter long weekend, then it’s wise to take a few precautions before you set off.… Read full post

Medical herbalist Lindsey Miller on dealing with atopic eczema and sensitive skin

Medical herbalist Lindsey Miller from Hope’s Relief, Australia’s #1 natural skincare range for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis is educated to degree level BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences & (Herbal Medicine) and has had over 6 years of practitioner experience and 6 years’ experience within the natural products industry. Lindsey has a wealth of healthcare knowledge and first-hand experience of what really works. Lindsey has been a featured health expert for various publications, online and on radio, her success stories using herbal medicine have also been featured on BBC News Website. Hope's Relief has been formulated over 35 years of research and originally created by a Naturopath for her own daughter. Suitable for new-born babies to adults, Hopes Relief is now an award winning brand, Australia’s No1 natural eczema cream and renowned by mothers and trusted by families’ worldwide. … Read full post

It's National Puppy Day! Tips on managing dog allergy

Today is National Puppy Day! We’ll be celebrating our furry friends and doubtless our Facebook and Twitter feeds will be filled with cute pictures. For this reason, we thought that today would be an appropriate day to raise awareness of pet allergy, and offer a few tips for those struggling with the condition.… Read full post

New study links hand-washing dishes to fewer allergies

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics seems to support the 'hygiene hypothesis'; the idea that being exposed to bacteria early on in life can help develop children's immunity, leading to fewer allergies. … Read full post

When Oskar visited The Healthy House office

We've recently added some new humidification products from Swiss brand Stadler Form to our collection. The Oskar and Oskar Big humidifiers impressed us with their sleek design and powerful humidification properties, and the compact Selina hygrometer is a subtle and stylish way to keep an eye on the humidity levels in the home or office.… Read full post

'Breaking Bad' spin-off raises awareness of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

If you were a fan of hit US TV show Breaking Bad, you may have been watching Better Call Saul - a new spin-off show focusing on the life of lawyer Saul Goodman. In the show, we see Saul's brother Chuck appear to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (also known as electrosensitivity or EHS), forcing him to live in an electricity-free home and wrap himself in radiation shielding material. … Read full post

Is it a common cold or ‘winter hay fever’?

People with asthma in the UK are at increased risk of an asthma attack as rising levels of early tree pollen cause ‘winter hay fever’, according to Asthma UK.… Read full post

New study links hypothyroidism to fluoride in water

Researchers from the University of Kent’s Centre for Health Service Studies have found that high levels of fluoride in drinking water can help to predict prevalence of hypothyroidism.… Read full post

7 top tips for reducing your exposure to mobile phone radiation

The charity ES-UK offers support for people experiencing electrosensitivity, which according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is an “idiopathic environmental intolerance” to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). This often serious and disabling condition affects a very small but very real proportion of the population, who must adapt their lifestyles to avoid proximity to devices that emit EMF radiation. Such devices are commonplace in many a modern home, for example mobile and DECT phones, Wi-Fi routers and smart meters. … Read full post

5 reasons why you should ditch pesticides and go organic

'Going organic' may cost more, but we think it's worth it. Here are 5 great reasons why you should avoid pesticides... … Read full post

French government bans Wi-Fi in nurseries

A new law, passed on 29th January 2015 by the French Parliament, addresses the potential dangers of electromagnetic fields, with restrictions on Wi-Fi in schools and mobile phone advertisement among its stipulations.… Read full post

Keep allergy symptoms at bay during outdoor activities

We're all told to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days per week, but when you have allergies, exercising outdoors in the cold weather can often make you feel worse rather than better. Being exposed to cold conditions and outdoor allergens can leave you sneezing, wheezing and feeling generally under the weather, but having allergies doesn't mean you need to restrict your activity...… Read full post