Dust mites allergy made me go deaf and needing surgery
to repair damage

Marnie, 44, explains:
“I was disgusted to find what the cause of the problem was. It made me feel physically sick. We were ­renovating and couldn’t afford to change the soft furnishings for months after my diagnosis. I was so relieved when the house was finished and my symptoms started to improve almost immediately.”

Marnie Riches author of novels ‘The Girl who got Revenge, The Girl who had No Fear, The Girl who Wouldn’t Die and The CoverUp to name but a few.

Marnie Riches ended up needing surgery after an allergy to the tiny spiders which had infested her new home left her almost deaf.

They are microscopic with millions lurking in your home. And for most people, common house dust mites are totally harmless. But Marnie Riches ended up needing surgery after an allergy to them left her almost deaf.

The mum of two could hear nothing but muffled voices after moving into an old house she bought from an elderly lady. Experts eventually found five times the normal number of mites in the property before Marnie changed the curtains and carpets left by the previous owner.

Marnie started sneezing within weeks of moving into the three-bed house in Hale, Cheshire, and thought she had developed an ear infection.

“I was sneezing about 20 times a day and generally felt under the weather and a bit flu-like,” she says. Then my hearing became affected. At first it felt like something was lodged in my ear but when I went to the doctor he couldn’t see anything. As time went by, my hearing got worse. Voices were very muffled and I was sometimes almost lip reading what the children were saying.” Read More here…

Preventing childhood asthma: Could gut bacteria be the key?

A study finds that asthma passing from mother to child may not solely be down to genetics; gut bacteria seem to play a pivotal role, too. Probiotics could, in the future, prevent some cases of infant asthma. A new study investigates the link between asthma and gut bacteria.
Asthma is a relatively common condition that affects around 13 percent of pregnant women.

During pregnancy, symptoms can get worse, and poor symptom control is tied to lower birth weights. This effect is particularly pronounced in male babies.

Also, if a pregnant mother’s asthma is not well-controlled during pregnancy, her offspring are more likely to develop asthma. Read more here…


  • Allergy is the most common chronic disease in Europe. Up to 20% of patients with allergies struggle daily with the fear of a possible asthma attack, anaphylactic shock or even death from an allergic reaction. EAACI 2016

  • A staggering 44% of British adults now suffer from at least one allergy and the number of sufferers is on the rise, growing by around 2 million between 2008 and 2009 alone. Almost half (48%) of sufferers have more than one allergy. Mintel 2010

  • In 45% of children, the onset of Atopic Eczema occurs during the first 6 months of life; during the first year 60% of these children are affected, and 85% are affected before the age of five. Pawankar R, et al 2013

  • Up to 57% of adult patients and up to 88% of children with allergic rhinitis have sleep problems, including micro-arousals, leading to daytime fatigue and somnolence, and decreased cognitive functioning. Pawankar R, et al 2013