Getting outdoors with Piri Allergy this summer!

If you follow us on social media you might have spotted that we spent a good chunk of our Easter holidays “Wild Living” in the Lake District with Ben McNutt from Woodsmoke as part of a new collaboration with Piri Allergy:


Having allergies sucks.

As a child I wasn’t allergic to anything yet, in the same way I wanted to see what having a broken leg felt like, I quite liked the idea of having allergies.  Looking back that sounds utterly ridiculous doesn’t it, really I think I probably just wanted an excuse not to have to eat fish . . .

Of course, as the saying goes “be careful what you wish for” and I’m now an adult with allergies.  Winner.

In all honesty I’m not really sure when that happened.  I had my first allergic reaction in my teens when we discovered I was allergic to a particular antibiotic. Nothing major, just one to avoid in future.  I also had some patch tests with the dermatologist when I was about 14 to see if we could find out what was causing my eczema to be so bad – a minor rubber allergy.  Nothing to worry about.

However, in adulthood I’m allergic to dogs, suffer from hayfever  and have the most ridiculous allergy to dust which only seems to be getting worse as I get older.  What used to just aggravate my asthma and make me sneeze occasionally now leaves me with outbreaks of urticaria which can last weeks.  Perhaps I could used this is a justification for having a cleaner?

None of my allergies are life threatening, they’re just irritating.  They make life uncomfortable and frustrating.

Whilst Dave and the girls are happily allergy free, Ben seems to be taking after me.  I often describe him as being a “typical ginger” in the summer – by which I mean his pale skin is sensitive and the summer does him no favours. He suffers from hay-fever, is allergic to nettles, many sun-creams and will often just come out in a rash for no obvious reason during the summer months.  But does this mean that he spends the summer shut away indoors?  No does it heck.  He sticks a hat on, doses up on Piriton and gets himself outside to have fun.

And that’s exactly why were going to be working with Piri Allergy over the next few months to prove that being allergic to stuff doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole summer sat in the house with the windows sealed shut.

As someone with allergies it would be easy to spend your life avoiding the things you know which trigger a reaction – pets, pollen, dust. . . But that’s not living is it?  And actually sometimes it’s just not practical.  I mean who can actually avoid dust?

Obviously I’m not saying you should ignore your allergies or put yourself in harm’s way but your allergies shouldn’t rule your life and finding the right Piri product could make all the difference to your fun this summer!

Piri Allergy Products

Keep an eye on the Piri Hub, my instagram, youtube and of course right here on my blog to find out more about our adventures with Piri Allergy this summer!

*This post forms part of a paid collaboration with Piri Allergy* 



  1. May 5, 2017 / 8:26 am

    I did enjoy following your adventure – especially the worst compost toilet in the world ever ?
    Hayfever has just hit us. Snot bubbles aren’t attractive!!

  2. May 5, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I have multiple allergies too – like you, nothing life threatening but very annoying. Happily pregnancy seems to have actually improved my allergies but I still couldn’t live without antihistamines in the summer. Can’t wait to see more of your outdoor adventures 🙂

  3. May 5, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Piriton is used sooo much in this house. Both of the boys have hayfever like me and both have really reactive eyes and aren’t great with dust. I need a cleaner too 😉 Youe Wild Living experience looked amazing and you’re so right you can’t let hayfever keep you inside.

    Stevie x

  4. May 5, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about your experiences over the coming months as you’re right – allergies shouldn’t rule your life. My Dave is always having to take allergy relief but it doesn’t always work – I’ll look into the Piri range x

  5. May 5, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    I am really suffering with allergies at the moment; undiagnosed so no idea what to. I too have urticaria as well. Piriton has really helped me this last few weeks I go everywhere with it now in case! X

  6. May 6, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Never stuffered with any allergies when I was a child but have random reactions to pollen and cat hair now. What a pain. Tin Box Baby has had quite a few issues too. We’re regulars at the allergy clinic but still haven’t got to the bottom of it. I love the sound of this campaign. No one should have to be confined to the indoors over the summer!

  7. Mummy Times Two
    May 6, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    We use Piriton here, I am allergic to everything, couldn’t live without it.

  8. May 6, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Just this last couple of week’s Olly’s started to have runny eyes and is suffering when he’s been outside so I need to investigate Piri Allergy relief to help him out before it gets too bad. I have a couple of allergies and it makes me so miserable when it’s not under control, it’s rubbish!

    I have loved following your adventures and can’t wait to read more! x

  9. May 6, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    It sounds like you are going to be having some amazing fun over the next few months. My husband swears by Piriteze for his hayfever. Mich x

  10. May 7, 2017 / 7:21 am

    I’m allergic to dust too! And I have hay fever, but my pregnancies have improved this. I look forward to seeing how you get on over the summer, as it definitely isn’t a reason to stay in x

  11. May 7, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Love the attitude you and Ben have about not letting allergies stop you doing things! I didn’t realise there was such a big range of piriton products, we seem to be quite lucky as far as allergies go. My husband isn’t great with dust and cat hair, but it’s not a severe allergy by any means. x

  12. May 16, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Oh Colette what amazing adventures you and the kids have had with this campaign! What super skills the kids will have picked up from this too.
    I was enthralled with photos and that food looked amazing out there!

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