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Can you develop hay fever as an adult?

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Hay fever can be a nightmare.

Every spring or summer, as soon as nature does its thing and releases pollen onto the earth, you have to stock up on tissues as you sneeze away.

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to three types of pollen; trees, grass, and weed. Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle.

It contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat, and sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

Most people realise they have hay fever in childhood or in their teenage years. But can you develop it later on?

‘Lots of… Read the full story

‘You will always be missing something’: these mums reveal the hardest thing about returning to work after having a baby

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Nine months away from the world of work can lead to a loss in confidence for new mothers (Picture: Phebe Lou Morson for Metro.co.uk)

It seems to be a common misconception that women who have babies are reluctant to go back to work.

And it doesn’t help when the press shames stay-at-home mums who claim benefits, picking on details such as how they spend their money, for example.

Without digging a little further into stories like these, you might believe that once women have children they don’t want to return to work.

Many mothers are actually excited to make the jump back into full or… Read the full story

Attention, men: Here’s how to create the perfect online dating profile

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Picture this: you’re a nice, moderately handsome man looking for love online.

You even have a job, a tidy flat, and a hilarious cat named Mortimer. You’re the whole package, and you don’t think you should have any trouble meeting women.

The only problem? You’re not getting any matches or messages, because you have the worst dating profile in the world.

Most men are completely clueless when it comes to crafting dating profiles, because they do it in a rush.

‘Hrm, let me chuck a few photos from Facebook on… Read the full story

I went to a sex club – and here’s what happened

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about keeping a pet fox

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Pet foxes are all the rage on Instagram – but that definitely doesn’t mean you should get one.

The bushy-tailed creatures are disarmingly cute and Insta-famous foxes like Juniper, Khala and Winchester are pulling in massive numbers of likes and followers. That’s despite animal charities strongly advising against keeping foxes as pets.

Inge Herzog is the owner of a fox named Winchester. She knew she wanted a pet fox when she read a National Geographic article in 2011 about a fox domestication project in Russia.

‘Winchester was one month old when we got him,’ Inge tells Metro.co.uk. ‘We have a special bond.

‘If you spend a lot of time with your fox,… Read the full story

Good Sex Bad Sex podcast with Athena Mae: We talk fat sex and the stigma of going on top


If our last episode about How To be Naked has you worried about what to do when you are, panic not. We invited Athena Mae to pop in and quell our fears about ‘Going On Top’.

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Well, actually we discussed why it’s ridiculous people have those fears in the first place – but nevertheless, they sadly do.

As an ex professional dominatrix, sex and body positivity activist and a fellow fat girl, we chatted all the live long day about Fat Sex and how the body positive and fat activism movements are making it clear that fat girls are sexy.

Most recently, Athena’s class on BDSM and Fat Sex was featured… Read the full story

Very good therapy dog gets her picture in the yearbook

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All dogs are good dogs. And all good dogs deserve recognition.

So we applaud this school who refused to leave their therapy dog, Miss Peanut, out of their yearbook.

We don’t know much about Miss Peanut. We know that she comforts stressed students. We know that she is ‘the most good girl’, according to one of the school’s students. We know that she has an excellent face, even if she does look a tad serious (or professional, perhaps. She is on the job, after all).

Her yearbook photo was tweeted out by @elle91, who wrote, simply: ‘THEY PUT OUR SCHOOL’S THERAPY DOG IN THE YEARBOOK.’

Muslims Who Fast: Lina, from the Maldives, celebrates her first Ramadan as a vegan

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Welcome to Muslims Who Fast, a special Ramadan series looking at the lives of Muslims and how they spend their iftars – the meal they break their fasts with.

If you’re not aware, Ramadan is the month-long period where Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sex during daylight hours. Yes, even water.

This week, Lina, a Singapore-Chinese Muslim woman from the Maldives, talks to Metro.co.uk about her iftar, which is unlike most other fast-breaking meals – hers is all vegan.

She is the founder of plant-based food company Enter Eden which is launching a powdered vegan mylk – the term used for dairy alternatives.

This is what she’s having for… Read the full story

Of course skin conditions affect our mental health – so what’s being done about it?

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Skin is one of the first things we see (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

When we’re living in a society obsessed with Instagram it’s no surprise most of us crave flawless skin.

Unfortunately, for some of us with chronic skin conditions this ideal is simply not possible.

From psoriasis to eczema, skin conditions affect our well-being.

Not only can we see our condition every time we look in the mirror but we are constantly comparing it to others.

Psychotherapist Dr Sal Raichbach says: ‘The discomfort and appearance of skin conditions often lead to self-esteem issues, a lack of confidence and emotional distress.

‘Society’s unrealistic demands for beauty are also partly to blame… Read the full story

Watch the adorable moment a dog kisses a firefighter who rescued him from a roof

Hound of love (Picture: Wells Maine Police)

The emergency services do a stellar job and aren’t thanked enough.

In moments of shock and terror, human beings can forget to do the smallest things – like thank the person who just saved their life – but animals? Animals have paw-fect manners.

Take this Husky-cross dog, for instance.

The hapless hound was snapped by Wells Maine Police force in…wait for it…Wells, Maine, USA, when he found his way onto the porch roof of a house – the kind of spooky looking house that Brits can only dream of living in.

They received several calls from worried residents, so popped round with the fire department to rescue the… Read the full story

10 of the best places to eat around Lancashire

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Lancashire is a county of picturesque towns and villages, as well as traditional seaside resorts, such as Blackpool.

And the red rose county’s geographic diversity is reflected in its fantastic dining options.

Lancastrians, and the county’s millions of annual visitors, shouldn’t have any trouble finding a decent spot to eat.

Whether you’re craving tapas, seasonal pub fare, contemporary Chinese or rotisserie chicken, you won’t be disappointed.

Here are some of the very best places to enjoy a meal in and around Lancashire.


If your eyebrows don’t take up your entire forehead, you’re doing beauty trends all wrong

Pics shows: Anzhelika Protodyakonova; Meet the fashion blogger with humongous painted-on eyebrows that cover most of her forehead. The 21-year-old fashion blogger, Anzhelika Protodyakonova, is from the city of Yakutsk in Russia's south-eastern Sakha Republic. The young woman reached fame accidentally when an onlooker took a photo of her on the bus and shared it online, even though back then Anzhelika says they were no comparison to the whoppers she boasts now. The photo quickly spread over social media and gained her online recognition, with thousands of likes and now over 90,0000 followers on Instagram. According to local media, the young woman wanted to imitate the large eye-brows from the Angry Birds.… <a href=Read the full story

20 of the best vegan beauty products available in the UK 2018

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In recent years vegan beauty products have become increasingly popular.

More now than ever, beauty enthusiasts are wanting to do right by our furry friends and purchase beauty products that contain no animal ingredients at all.

And thanks to cosmetic companies such as Cover FX, Kat Von D and Herbivore Botanicals who ensure that all their products are 100% vegan, it’s now entirely possible to do so without sacrificing luxury or performance.

Other brands like The Body Shop, Glossier and Urban Decay offer a selection of vegan products too, but also stock products that aren’t fully free of animal-derived ingredients.

What does and doesn’t make a product vegan can be a little confusing.… Read the full story

London gym launches campaign to get more gay men into boxing

(Picture: Kobox)KOBOX Boxing Club has launched its PROUD campaign with Attitude ? the UK?s best-selling gay magazine ? encouraging gay men to pick up a pair of gloves and help smash away the current stigma attached to the sport.
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London boxing studio Kobox has launched a new campaign to get more gay involved in the sport.

Called ‘Proud’, the campaign aims to break down the stereotypes surrounding boxing, as many men think it’s hostile and intimidating, with gay men in particular reporting they feel ‘uneasy’ about entering a boxing environment.

The studio has worked on the campaign with Attitude magazine, creating a video which shows the isolation and exclusion some gay… Read the full story

Telling people to talk about mental health is important, but we desperately need action

'Believing me is crucial': How to talk to somebody who is hearing voices Mental health friends man woman mouth speaking help Muffnn for Metro.co.uk
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How many times have we heard that it’s important to talk about mental health issues?

While stigma absolutely exists when it comes to mental illness, it seems to be the main focus of the discourse – and that’s spreading a mistaken belief that simply talking about mental illness will solve the issue.

As someone who has lost friends and family to suicide, I know firsthand that it can be the most vocal people that kill themselves.

They’re people who’ve spoken openly about their issues and have… Read the full story

Transgender polyamorous trio are engaged and share a king size bed

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A polyamorous trio have revealed how they are all engaged to each other, and all share the same king size bed.

27-year-old Nic Chandler, Rachel Kouris, 28, and Xander Kelley, 20, insist their relationship is just like any other.

They enjoy romantic dinners out and love to curl up in front of the TV, just like other relationships.

Alongside their three-way, it is acceptable for each person in the relationship to have other lovers.

Nic, of Tennessee, USA, said: ‘I’ve had monogamous relationships in the past, but felt they were too closed off. I have a lot of love to give in different ways and, equally, didn’t feel I could… Read the full story

Marks & Spencer is selling a giant 2kg version of its Colin the Caterpillar cake

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Did you know Marks & Spencer sells giant versions of its Colin the Caterpillar cake?

Neither did we – so you can imagine how excited we were when we found out 2kg chocolate caterpillar cakes are an actual thing.

M&S is selling a supersized version of its caterpillar cake.

It’s a giant chocolate sponge roll filled with chocolate buttercream, covered in milk chocolate with a decorated white chocolate face and sugar coated chocolate beans, finished with a personalised leaf decoration.

The cake can also be iced with a message of your choice.

It’s 2280g in weight (incredible, we know), and features no artificial colours, artificial flavourings or preservatives.

The cake, which costs £40 and… Read the full story

World MS Day: People like me with multiple sclerosis are not getting the treatment they need

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Andy was not offered any treatment when he was diagnosed with MS. (Picture: MS Society)

Today is World MS Day and, for a lot of reasons, it’s a time to celebrate. We’ve got a number of treatments available on the NHS for relapsing MS – 13 at the last count – whereas just 20 years ago we didn’t have any.

Our understanding of MS is also changing. Doctors now know, for example, that early treatment is vital in managing the condition. It can help reduce attacks and even slow progression of disability.

But, according to research out today, of around 100,000 people in the UK… Read the full story

Now fashion types are trying to make us wear jackets as strapless tops

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Look, fashion is weird.

Not a week goes by without some brand trying to sell us a truly bizarre item of clothing.

Jeans so ripped they’re barely jeans. A T-shirt with a shirt sewn on the front. A dinosaur tail for festivals.

Now, River Island and ASOS are trying to give the old ‘tying your jacket around your waist like a cool dad/90s teen’ thing an update… by styling a jacket tied around your chest like a makeshift corset.

To be clear, the brands aren’t offering a DIY tutorial, but are instead selling a real-life top to make it look… Read the full story

Nude blogger holds naked yoga classes to help empower women

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An Australian yogi is holding naked yoga classes, to help women learn to love their bodies.

29-year-old Jessica O’Brien calls herself the ‘Nude Blogger’, and uploads Instagram pictures of herself doing everyday activities such as burning sage, charging her yoni eggs and lying on her bed with a crystal dildo balancing on her back – all while naked.

She wants to pass this confidence on to other women with her ‘Fempowerment’ yoga classes, which are only open to females.

She describes the three hour classes as: ‘A serene evening spent journeying through the form and formless, it is a gentle facilitation into vulnerability, self-acceptance, truth and union… Read the full story

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