Eczema Schmeczema

I thought I’d share my story with you about coping with eczema and food sensitivities. I hope it will help or encourage someone out there who is or knows someone who’s struggling. I have attached a before and after picture of my son’s face but I wish now I would have taken a picture of mine since it was more severe. You can do a google images eczema search and I’m sure you’ll figure out why I had to find a cure!
For those of you who don’t know, I have struggled with eczema since after my first son was born in 2009. It started as what looked like hives all over my legs. I was so miserable from the constant day and night itching I would sit on the floor in our kitchen and cry and scratch. Taking Benadryl would only provided minor, temporary relief. I noticed the bumps would be worse on some days and not as much on others but I couldn’t figure out a rhyme or reason why. I looked into anything I could have come in contact with, new detergent, a plant, foods ect. Then I started developing what looked almost like ringworm patches. I immediately scheduled an appointment with our family doctor to try to find answers. He was a little puzzled but said he thought it might be ringworm. He gave me a prescription for an antibiotic and referred me to a dermatologist. The antibiotic did nothing. I was still miserable and the bumps had started spreading to my hands. I noticed the bumps on my legs seemed worse when I drank milk and remembered I had hives when I was a baby that cleared after my parents took dairy out of my diet for awhile.
In the meantime BooBoo had also developed rashes on his cheeks that wouldn’t clear either. I scheduled an appointment with the dermatologist who scraped some of my spots for testing and couldn’t find anything. He said it was probably eczema and alot of people were getting it. He had no answers as to why my son and I had it and suggested I use a cortizone cream and I could come back for a cortizone shot after I quit nursing. This was not helpful and when someone throws their hands up and tells me I have something that came up out of nowhere that’s incurable I have a very hard time accepting that, especially since my son was now dealing with it as well. The cortizone kept me from itching incessantly but did nothing to clear the nasty oozing, sores and blisters.
I decided to start researching and reading everything I could find on the internet regarding other peoples experiences with eczema. I ran across several posts about food sensitivities and also yeast so I decided to do the tedious work of an elimination diet and trying to keep track of when it flared. I looked up the main food allergies and after a few days had figured out gluten and dairy were definitely two of the culprits. The other thing that I figured out was the food I had eaten that caused the flare usually had been consumed 12-24 hrs prior to the flare up. I was still having some flare ups and thought I had figured the other one out after eating a bowl of chili caused an immediate itchy rash up my arm. Tomatoes! Turns out it was not only tomatoes it was the entire nightshade family which includes tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers and paprika. Do you have any idea how many things have one of these items in it!?! It made for some very complicated cooking and I still hadn’t completely figured my little guys rashes out. We had a difficult adjustment ahead of us but by this point I had been suffering with it almost a year and was so thankful to have found some relief.
In the midst of all this and still not being able to completely clear my little guys rash, I took him to the allergist. Once again, total waste, as he did not show an “allergy” to anything. There is some reason a food sensitivity and allergy show as different reactions so sensitivities or intolerances typically are not picked up in a normal allergy test.
Thankfully, I eventually was able to figure out one cheek would clear with egg elimination and the other with apple. Also, I think I forgot to mention when I had done my eliminations, the dairy one had cleared my legs, the gluten elimination cleared some parts of my hands and the nightshade elimination cleared the rest of my hands and arms. I know, I know, I’m sure some of you may be thinking I am totally nuts by this point but let me tell you, I was going out of my mind trying to get some relief for BooBoo and my rashes and the doctors not having many answers. On top of this, he was having continual bouts of diarrhea which nothing would clear up. At this point we atleast had some relief with the itching but I still couldn’t believe there wasn’t a way to heal it all together. Thank goodness God put me in contact with a M.D. who was very naturally minded and she suggested complete elimination of the foods I thought could be flaring him up, add in a dairy free probiotic supplement called Cultrelle Probiotic Lactobacillus 30 VegiCaps minimize sugar and stop vaccines.
By this point I was about 6 months pregnant with our second and had already been taking some herbs and other natural products to help with pregnancy and combat when I accidentally ate any of the reacting foods. I’d list them all but this post is already getting too long :)
By the end of the year we had been completely healed for a month or two so I started gradually adding some of the offending foods back in with no reaction! As you can imagine I was absolutely amazed and relieved. I was so thrilled to be able to eat things I hadn’t for two years I eventually decided I didn’t need to take any supplements anymore and I could eat all of the previous offending foods. This April, my hands decided they’d had enough and flared up on me again. However, I knew just what to do and have gone back to cleaning up my diet and taking my probiotic and GSE ect so the reaction was much less severe and is already clearing itself up again.
I know this has already been a long post but if you have any questions or want to share your own story with eczema or other “incurables” please feel free to share!

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