Q: What medications or treatments do you recommend for asthma/allergies/eczema/etc.?
A: Absolutely none. Recommendations should only be made by your medical professional. I have a great deal of post-secondary education, but none of it was in anything related to medicine. I am absolutely unqualified to recommend anything except talking to your doctor and maybe a good allergy-friendly cheesecake.
Q: What's the best way to find out if I have allergies, hayfever, eczema, asthma?
A. These diagnoses can only be done properly by professionals like allergists/immunologists, dermatologists and pulmonologists. This should never be done by a pharmacist, naturopath, homeopath or nutritionist. Elimination-diets should never be done without medical supervision, especially when it comes to children.
Q: What sites do you use for allergy- and atopy-related information?
A: I stick to medically-based sites like MayoClinic or not-for-profit agencies like the Anaphylaxis/Asthma Information Association, Anaphylaxis Canada, the Eczema Society of Canada and the Asthma Society of Canada. There are also a lot of great American and European sites with locally-specific information. I am not endorsed or supported by any of the above organizations, but I do think they have great medically-sound resources.
Q: Why didn't my comment show up on your blog right away?
A. I love comments and hope my posts foster discussion, but I do reserve the right to moderate comments in the event of spam, inappropriate comments or advice which I find medically reckless. So far I've never had to deal with any of that; so, it's really just a precaution. Comments are opinions of the person who wrote them and in no way represent my opinions or beliefs.
Q: Will you write a guest post for my blog, newsletter or website?
A: This is certainly something I love doing. Email me at atopicgirl at yahoo.ca and let me know the details. Unless otherwise discussed and agreed to, I retain the rights to the post or article so it may appear somewhere else at some later date.
Q: Do you post recipes or restaurant reviews?
A: While I'm a fabulous cook, I am far too creative (a.k.a. lazy) to keep specific track of what I put in any given dish. I'm just not anal enough when it comes to cooking. I can certainly tell you what I threw together, but that does not a recipe make. So, no on the recipes. I use Gojee constantly though, since it's easy to save my food allergies in the "I Dislike" section. I do post all my restaurant reviews at AllergyTrails. If you eat out in London, Toronto or Ottawa (all in Ontario), I've got you covered.
Q: Do you accept money, freebies or anything else for product recommendations?A: Absolutely not. If I tweet or blog about it anything it's because I've either personally bought it and liked it (or not liked it) or because I just think it sounds like a great idea and want to buy it at some point.
Q: I followed you on Twitter, but you didn't follow me back. Why?
Q: I have another question, can I contact you?A: Yes, please. Email me at atopicgirl at yahoo.ca or tweet me @AtopicGirl. No spammy/unsolicited things. I'm great with filters and I'll report and block you pretty quickly.