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Veggie Burgers

Posted on 9th March 2012 in eczema/ oats/ veggie burgers

How to make Veggie  Burgers


·         100g ground walnuts
·         100g ground hazelnuts
·         100g wholemeal breadcrumbs
·         50g flour
·         5ml dried basil
·         1 large onion, diced
·         1 free-range egg
·         30ml corn, soy or sesame oil
·         30ml Oats
·         30ml sesame seeds

Cooking Instructions

1.   Mix together all the ingredients except for the  oats and sesame seeds. Shape into 4 burgers.
2.   Mix together  the oats and sesame seeds. Roll the burgers in the mixture until well  coated.
3.   Cook under a moderate grill for 12 minutes each side  until cooked through and browned.

I love cooking with oats as they are so good for you and personally I love the taste of them. Oats are also rumoured to help eczema suffers and my oldest son has had eczema all of his life so we try to include oats in recipes whenever we can!

This recipe was supplied to me by Mornflake Oats, it is not a sponsored post – just a recipe I liked the look of! 

Eczema Support #CharityTuesday

Posted on 31st January 2012 in #charitytuesday/ childhood eczema/ eczema

Today for #CharityTuesday I am handing you over to @EczemaSupport. This isn’t a plea for money, just for a little more awareness and understanding.

This is something I am 100% behind as my oldest son has suffered with eczema all his life and we find that people can be quite ignorant of the condition. Even today I have had to email his school as yesterday he was told he couldn’t use the cafeteria anymore because his fingerprint won’t scan properly – why wont it scan? because he has eczema! I’ve told them I consider this to be discrimination and that I expect them to find a solution, that does not cause him any embarrassment, very quickly!

Anyway, over to @EczemaSupport – who I have to say are absolutely lovely to tweet with, always there with a suggestion or a caring word.

Eczema is a problem that some children get but, not to worry because they grow out of it, right?  Like most easy statements, there is much more to it than that.  One in five children have eczema and  it can improve with age (but not always).  One in ten adults have eczema, either because they never ‘grew out of it’ or eczema manifested itself later in life.

We are a unique collaboration between health care professionals based at the paediatric department of the local teaching hospital and carers of children with eczema.  So we have an understanding of the nightmare that living with eczema can be – plus all the evidence based knowledge about current methods of managing eczema.  Nottingham Support Group for Carers of Children with Eczema was started about twenty years ago and five years ago we moved to providing support via the web.  There are over 30 patient information leaflets on our website

Since eczema is episodic, it can be unpredictable.  You can never tell when a flare will happen.  The wonderful thing about Twitter (@eczemasupport) is that we are able to interact with those living with eczema in real time.  Eczema in childhood disrupts sleep for the whole family and coping with the distress of seeing a loved one ripping their skin to pieces is not easy at any time, but add sleep deprivation into the mix and it does not make for an easy situation.  Those with eczema may also go on to develop asthma or hay fever or food allergies.  This multiplicity is the reality of many families’ lives.

Everyone’s skin and lifestyle is slightly different.  Eczema responds to multiple triggers and the same ones do not affect eczema skin, even in siblings, the same way.  So there are lots of different ways to manage eczema and often it is trial and error to find the right treatment for that particular skin.  We hope we are there to offer encouragement and information about the options, whilst helping to steer people away from a multitude of dubious remedies.

And then there are other discussions we have had on Twitter – for instance, in this digital age, should photographs be retouched to remove the ravages of eczema or be a reflection of the struggles that exist?  Most eczema sufferers hate having their photographs being taken but some are unavoidable (school photographs and family events perhaps).

For further information:



Twitter: @EczemaSupport

Eczema friendly washing liquid

Posted on 17th August 2010 in child/ children/ eczema/ Itchy & Scratchy/ son

A quick post, it’s a review but I want to stress that it’s a review because it’s a product that I wanted to try.

One of my sons has quite severe eczema, this is worsened by almost everything and means that finding suitable laundry products are a bit of a nightmare. Please see The Itchy & Scratchy Show for details of our battle with eczema.

I recently tried a laundry product from Alma Win which claims to be completely safe for people with eczema.

I have tried several other washing products that weren’t meant to be skin friendly and in general have either found them to be completely ineffective at washing or in some cases, actually make his skin worse.

But, I have to say that this stuff actually got the clothes really clean! And he has shown no effects from it.

The bain of my life (well, one of them!) is the kids school polo tops. They seem to be dirt magnets and almost never come clean. But, this liquid detergent got them clean!

Before washing:

After washing:

The only downside to the product, and it’s an obvious one really, is the smell. It has a very subtle aroma of herbs. I quite like it now but found it unusual to start with. It honestly is quite subtle. They do also sell a lemon concentrate that you can add to scent the wash but I was scared of trying it as one of the major things that upsets his skin is citrus.

Product retails for £6.06 for 750ml and is available at

M is for… MADs!

Posted on 25th April 2010 in adultery/ benefits/ Blog/ caffe nero/ cats/ Cattery/ child/ Christopher Biggins/ coffee/ cream/ Cry/ customer service/ debt/ divorce/ doctors/ eczema/ Elvis/ Feral/ guarantor/ health/ house/ Itchy & Scratchy/ James Blunt/ Kreativ Blogger/ MADs/ Rihanna/ self esteem/ skin/ son/ starbucks/ steroids/ Take That/ Titanic/ Twitter/ Vets/ writing workshop

Blimey O’reily my name has popped up in the MADs list!

I wonder if it was my rants about coffee and customer service?

My frustration over my son’s battle with eczema?

My honest account of my recovery after the breakdown of my marriage?

Maybe it was learning that Dermot O’leary used to lay on my desk?

My tale of a random act of kindness?

Maybe someone liked reading about my cats Elvis and Maisy?

I doubt it was my infinite playlist….

Whatever it was I am very grateful to Twitter and the blogging world because it is really fun to share experiences with people, I’ve been reduced to tears (both of sadness and laughter) from other peoples blogs and I know I don’t stand a hope of winning with my 7 posts, but it is still pretty cool to take part!

If you would like to vote for me – I’d be delighted! Just click here and then enter my blog name into the areas where you’d like to nominate.


I is for… The Itchy & Scratchy Show

Posted on 13th April 2010 in cats/ child/ cream/ doctors/ eczema/ health/ Itchy & Scratchy/ oil/ skin/ son/ steroids

The Itchy & Scratchy Show……

My oldest son has had eczema for the whole of his life – 10 years. Today’s visit to the doctor has prompted me to write this blog as I feel the need to offload a little about how frustrated I am and how much of a failure I feel for not being able to save him from the pain, discomfort, embarrassment and distress he has to endure.

I include the word embarrassment in that list because unfortunately he does have children ask him if it is ‘catching’ and often gets comments about his appearance if his skin is particularly bad. When he tells me about these things I have to be very grown up and not ask for the child’s name so that I can pop round and ‘educate’ them a little…

I first noticed it after bathing him in the gorgeous smelling Johnson’s products that I had so coveted during my pregnancy. I so longed to bath my baby in those heavenly scented bubbles, then oil him and talc him! Sadly after a dip in the good stuff his skin was rough and red – where was my ‘smooth as a baby’s bum’ baby? I know it is incredibly selfish but I have to admit I felt a bit cheated!

I saw several health visitors for routine checks and they all said it was infantile eczema and that he would grow out of it.

I have seen countless GPs, dermatologists and have had a private appointment with a Paediatric allergy specialist. Everyone seems to try and treat his symptoms without trying to work out what the triggers are. It seems crazy to me to keep throwing medicine at him when if we could eliminate at least some of the triggers then surely he wouldn’t have the symptoms in the first place?

Where we’ve seen an immediate reaction we then try to avoid those things in the future. For example: ketchup; juice; apples; cut grass; dogs; sweets; bath products; soap; baked beans etc etc

Extra frustratingly, my sons dad (my ex husband) has a very cavalier attitude to the eczema and often tells my son that ‘mummy makes it worse by not letting you have things’ and, my personal favourite, ‘you’ll grow out of it when you are 7′. My son believed him. He was devastated after his 7th birthday when it didn’t go.

We saw the paediatric allergy specialist using private health care and he said the cause was Oral Allergy Syndrome and gave us a huge list of things which ‘could’ trigger the flare ups. But he stressed that not all of the things would. I asked if my son could have allergy tests (this was a private consultation after all so not bound but NHS financial limits) but he said it was impossible to just test for random things. For example if my son eats an apple, he has an immediate flare up and sometimes his lips even blister, so the doctor said he could test for allergy to apples as that was a specific thing…. Forgive me for questioning a man who has had many, many years of studying, training and experience – but what is the point in that?

You aren’t meant to use steroid creams for longer than 7 days at a time. I have said to every doctor I’ve seen that he uses steroid creams EVERYDAY. They all take one look at him and say ‘but how bad would he be if you didn’t?’

So, after today’s visit to the GP (who is lovely, and very understanding) we have hydrocortisone for his face, betnovate for his body, lipobase for everywhere, aveeno bath oil, a peak flow meter, nedocromil eye drops, sodium cromoglicate nasal spray, cetirizine antihistamine and montelukast tablets…

And of course Medised for when it all gets too much.

Sorry for such a downhearted blog, there wasn’t really a way to happy it up.

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