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:
We’re going on an adventure…. Over the next few months we’re going to be working with Piri to prove that you don’t have to be a slave to your allergies this summer… We’re heading off to The Lake District for a week of ‘Wild Living’ – no WiFi, no running water and a ‘self-composting toilet’ which the kids currently think is hilarious but I’m not sure sure how amused they’ll be in reality. Wish us luck!! #AD
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!
*This post forms part of a paid collaboration with Piri Allergy*