Managing Lupus and Advice for Other Sufferers
Lupus is a severe condition that affects the immune system. It causes the body to over-produce antibodies, resulting in inflammatory reactions. It can irreversibly damage many of the important organs, including the kidneys, heart, lungs and brain.
The illness is more common in women as it is triggered by hormonal changes during puberty, childbirth or menopause. Lupus is a lifelong, chronic disease that is currently incurable. It has many associated symptoms, including fatigue, muscle pain and hair loss. Read more
Travelling Abroad with Food Allergies
Travelling can be stressful if you suffer from food allergies, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking the time to prepare can reduce the risk of allergic reactions and help ensure your trip is as safe as possible.
Peanuts and tree nuts are among the foods which are most likely to cause an allergic reaction. In severe cases, these reactions can be life-threatening.
Read our top tips for travelling with food allergies, so that you can enjoy your holiday from start to finish.
Allergy Awareness Week: Allergies to Pet Dander and Pollen
Allergy Awareness Week (24th – 30th April) is run by Allergy UK, who organise a series of awareness weeks throughout the year. The aim of Allergy Awareness Week is to highlight the issues faced by those with allergies.
We spoke to The ID Band Company customer Allie, 32, to find out how she manages her allergies, and why she thinks it’s important to raise awareness. She suffers from two of the most common allergies, which have caused her to have severe allergic reactions.
“I think it’s good to raise awareness about allergies, and how they affect people’s day to day lives. It’s also important to know how we can help each other.
“Since I’ve developed my allergies, my friends and family have started making a conscious effort to minimise risks when I visit.”
Top Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Heart
A balanced lifestyle is key to maintaining a healthy heart. It’s something you should be thinking about whether you’re in your twenties or your sixties, as heart disease can occur at any time.
Making a few simple changes to the way you live your life can help to improve your heart health. You will notice improvements in your general health and wellbeing too!
Essential Information for Engraving Your Medical ID
If you’re unable to speak or communicate in the event of an emergency, medical ID can be a life-saver. It’s important to engrave your ID with essential medical information so that it can do its job.
Unsure what details you need to include? Our handy guide covers the most important information to engrave on your medical ID:
- Full name
- Medical conditions
- Medication and allergies
- In case of emergency details (ICE)
Swimming Can Help Improve Behavioural Symptoms in Children with ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a mental health condition that primarily affects behaviour, and symptoms usually appear during a child’s infant years.
Studies have shown that children with ADHD can benefit from regular exercise, as it helps to improve cognitive functioning. Activities such as swimming can help focus the attention of children who have ADHD while providing structure and an outlet for releasing excess energy.
Managing a Rare Heart Condition
Pictured above: Leanne Yates
Dextrocardia is a rare heart condition that affects less than 1% of the population. It’s a congenital disease, which means it’s present at birth due to problems during fetal development.
There are different types of Dextrocardia that affect the body in various ways. In some cases, the heart is on the right-hand side of the body and flipped over, which is sometimes referred to as ‘mirror image’. In more severe cases, other organs in the body are also affected and positioned incorrectly.
Although it’s rare, if it’s only the heart which is impacted by mirror image, it can still function normally.
The causes of Dextrocardia are currently unknown, however, if other problems are apparent like lung and chest defects, it can have an impact on the way the heart develops.
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type II, otherwise known as Hunter Syndrome, is a rare condition that usually only affects males. According to the MPS Society, from 1992 to 2002, only 52 babies were born with the condition in the UK. It’s varied in its effects, which includes developmental delay and progressive physical problems.
Pictured above: Sally and her son D
Sally, 45, cares for her four-year-old son, D*, who has Hunter Syndrome. His symptoms mean that he requires regular treatment to minimise the effects of the disease, which is challenging for their family.
Sally regularly posts on her blog, which documents their journey to diagnosis and learning to live with MPS II.
Developing Social Skills through Interacting with Dogs
Anna, 41, is a full-time carer for her four children*, Jessica, 11, Claire, 10, Ben, 8, and Thomas, 15 months. She lives on the Devon coast with her partner, Hannah, 38. Two of their children have been diagnosed with autism, and they are at the Asperger’s end of the spectrum. Daily life can be challenging, but in February this year, everything changed when they adopted a dog called Rosie.
Studies have shown that children with autism respond positively to interacting with dogs, and it can help develop their social skills. Since Rosie has been the family, Anna’s children have learnt how to read body language, which has helped them prepare for social situations.