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Posted by: 855 (Guest), Monday, October 29, 2007, 1:44am
I have suffered with a rash/hives for about 8 years now!!

I have had to take an antihistomine tablet every day to control it so I didn't end up covered in hives.

Well its gone!!!

Yesterday I forgot to take my tablets at breakfast time.  Usually when I do this I start to itch by about 11am.  Yesterday I remembered my medication after my evening meal .. no itch .. and I still haven't taken the antihistomine and still no itch.

I am rapt!!

Posted by: drgnwng1, Monday, October 29, 2007, 1:47am; Reply: 1
WTG!!!!
Miracles do happen when you eat right.
Jean
Posted by: eh, Monday, October 29, 2007, 1:56am; Reply: 2
Onya, Tillarna!
eh
Posted by: sluggerbean, Monday, October 29, 2007, 2:03am; Reply: 3
Woo Hoo!!(dance)(clap)(woot)

Keep up the good work.
Posted by: Debra+, Monday, October 29, 2007, 5:16am; Reply: 4
(clap)(clap)(dance)(dance)Way to go Tillarna!!!

Debra :)
Posted by: 855 (Guest), Monday, October 29, 2007, 5:46am; Reply: 5
Thanks

I am amazed at the benefits this way of eating has.  I have been in pain for years and it is now very much less.  I also feel sooooooooooo much better.

Amazing
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, October 29, 2007, 8:50pm; Reply: 6
yyyyeeehhhhaaa....she got it ;) ;D :D :K) (dance)(clap)(smarty)(dance)(clap)(woot)(woot)(sunny)
Posted by: Jenny, Monday, October 29, 2007, 8:52pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from 855
Thanks

I am amazed at the benefits this way of eating has.  I have been in pain for years and it is now very much less.  I also feel sooooooooooo much better.

Amazing

Well done Tillarna.
Jenny

Posted by: Rodney, Monday, October 29, 2007, 9:59pm; Reply: 8

  
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 12:06am; Reply: 9
I'm so happy for you, Tillarna!!!!!!!  That is what I call a testimonial.(woot)
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 1:48am; Reply: 10
Quoted from 855
I have suffered with a rash/hives for about 8 years now!!

I have had to take an antihistamine tablet every day to control it so I didn't end up covered in hives.

Well it's gone!!!



Tillarna, you're an O secretor, so I assume that you stopped eating wheat when you started the Blood Type Diet.  Did you start eating spelt, Kamut, rye, or barley to take up the slack?  Or did you just stop eating wheat?

The reason I'm asking is that your rash could be something called dermatitis herpetiformis, which is a fairly common symptom of celiac disease, which is a genetic inability to deal with gluten, which is a protein that occurs only in wheat and closely-related grains.  If a celiac completely stops eating anything made from those grains, their symptoms (including dermatitis herpetiformis) will generally clear up.

Posted by: 855 (Guest), Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 1:58am; Reply: 11
Hi Carol

I stopped wheat completely.

I buy a wheat free loaf of bread which is made from rice flour and tapicoa flour.

I haven't tried any others yet but I did buy a Rye loaf the other day but haven't eaten any yet (its in my freezer).

What are the other symptoms of celiac??
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 2:30am; Reply: 12
Tillarna -- the symptoms of celiac can be just about anything.  What happens when a person develops celiac disease is that their body starts to consider gluten as an enemy, and their immune system tries to create antibodies against the gluten, but the antibodies end up damaging the intestinal lining instead.  The person may exhibit all sorts of digestive problems, of course, but they may also have just about any nutritional deficiency, because their damaged intestines can no longer absorb nutrients properly.  Common symptoms include bloating, "gas," diarrhea, "brain fog," fatigue, and irritability.  The disease can be triggered by any sort of stress, including pregnancy, surgery, or injury, and tends to get worse over time if the person continues eating gluten.

There a lot of celiac web sites with more information.  The ones I'm most familiar with are based here in the USA.  The US government site, http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac has basic info & links to a number of other sites.

You might also want to check out Melissa Jones's blog on this site (I believe she just posted a new entry) -- she's a celiac and often writes about that.  I'm just in the process of finding out whether I'm a celiac, so my last couple of blog entries have also been about that.
Posted by: 855 (Guest), Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 2:46am; Reply: 13
Thanks Carol.

I did a google on celiac and had a read.

I do not suffer from weight loss at all .. I wish I did.  I am what is considered obese and I fight hard to lose weight.

Having said that it is still a possibility .. maybe.

I will pay better attention to my body and see what I think.
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 3:00am; Reply: 14
Note that each and every one of those symptoms is "optional" -- some celiacs have 'em & some don't.  From what little I've seen so far, there are about as many overweight celiacs as underweight ones.  The disease throws everything out of kilter, so just about anything can happen.

Paying attention to your body is definitely the way to go!

Hmmm, if you're in the mood for an experiment, you might try eating Kamut bread or 100% rye bread, which are OK for your blood type, but do contain gluten (just make sure there's no wheat or generic "flour" listed in the ingredients).  Try that for a while and see if your rash comes back.
Posted by: 855 (Guest), Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 3:04am; Reply: 15
Well I actually bought a loaf or organic rye bread yesterday but haven't tested it yet.

Will watch and see what happens when I do
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 3:08am; Reply: 16
Oh, right, you already said that, didn't you?  OK, if that's 100% rye, that should be a good test.  Rye has less gluten than wheat, but it does have gluten.  Let us know what happens!
Posted by: Melissa_J, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 5:22am; Reply: 17
Quoted from 855
I do not suffer from weight loss at all .. I wish I did.  I am what is considered obese and I fight hard to lose weight.


Same here, with having trouble losing weight.  The nutrient deficiencies can cause over-eating, and weight gain, as some of us are able to absorb the carbs and calories without absorbing the nutrients our bodies are crying for.  

Of interest on the skin front, celiacs seem to have a bit too much of the hormone zonulin, which weakens the barriers in the intestines, lungs, blood/brain barrier, and skin.  So celiacs often have problems with more than one system.  It doesn't sound like DH to me, since antihistamines helped, but celiacs are prone to allergies and skin problems of many types.

It's good to check out though when you're still early into the wheat-free diet.  I recommend the tests to anybody who is cutting back their gluten for any reason, as they are most accurate before cutting it way back.  It's always good to know what you're dealing with.  I have to say that BTD made as much difference in my health as GF did, but both caused amazing health improvements for me.  

The itchy rash could also be a food allergy, they don't always show up on scratch tests, but when I eat certain corn derivatives I get really itchy.  So observe and take care if you ever eat an avoid (keep the antihistamine on hand if there are such occasions).  Lectins themselves can cause immune cascades similar to allergic reactions, which could manifest in the skin, etc.

Posted by: LarryC., Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 10:31am; Reply: 18
Good news, I have trouble with rash and itching when I have Dairy, and O's don't need much Dairy.
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 5:19pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Melissa_J
It doesn't sound like DH to me, since antihistamines helped, but celiacs are prone to allergies and skin problems of many types.

The itchy rash could also be a food allergy ...


Thanks, Melissa -- We needed input from an experienced celiac!  You've had DH and I [knock on wood!] have not, so I didn't realize that antihistamines don't help it.  That makes sense, though, since histamines are connected with allergic reactions, and celiac disease is not an allergy.

So I guess Tillarna is right back at Square One.  The rash could be due to blood-type antigens or an old-fashioned food allergy (and not necessarily a reaction to wheat, in either case), but it isn't DH.  Which doesn't mean that she couldn't also be a celiac, of course, just that the rash isn't evidence in favor of it.

So -- cancel celiac alert!  Sorry about the false alarm, Tillarna.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 6:09pm; Reply: 20
Fortunately I got it while already gluten free, so it resolved pretty quickly once I stopped eating out so often (milk and trace amounts of gluten were involved).  For those who are eating gluten when it starts up, it can take a few months to clear up, with gluten free diet and Dapsone.  That would not be fun.  Dapsone is the only prescription that treats it, an antibiotic with some potentially dangerous side effects.  My dermatologist didn't push it on me because I was nursing, and the rash was already starting to go away by the time a found a good dermatologist.  I think I had some DH long ago after getting Mono in 1994 (that's when all the problems started with thyroid, celiac, fatigue, aches, etc.).  In 1999 I saw ER4YT on a friend's book shelf and my life changed from a chronic condition to a LIFE :)  
Posted by: Jenny, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 8:01pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Carol the Dabbler




So I guess Tillarna is right back at Square One.  The rash could be due to blood-type antigens or an old-fashioned food allergy (and not necessarily a reaction to wheat, in either case), but it isn't DH.  Which doesn't mean that she couldn't also be a celiac, of course, just that the rash isn't evidence in favor of it.

So -- cancel celiac alert!  Sorry about the false alarm, Tillarna.

for what its worth Tillarna, my hives(intermittent over a lifetime) seem to have been caused by sulphites both in food and in preservatives.When they start again, I treat them with antihistamines and also a trace mineral called molybdenum. But now that I know to avoid sulphites, I haven't had an outbreak for more than a year.
Jenny

Posted by: 855 (Guest), Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 9:05pm; Reply: 22
Thank you all for all this information.

I have been reading up on Celiac and I don't think I have it.  I think maybe it is just an allergy to something.  I will pay attention to sulphite as Jenny suggests.

Thanks again
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 9:40pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from LarryC.
Good news, I have trouble with rash and itching when I have Dairy, and O's don't need much Dairy.


It's good that you figured that out, Larry.  Very interesting!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, December 21, 2007, 8:24pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from 855
I am amazed at the benefits this way of eating has.  I have been in pain for years and it is now very much less.  I also feel sooooooooooo much better.

Amazing

Isn't it?  It is just endlessly, endlessly amazing.

Long live the BTD!  Even as it morphs/evolves into the GTD, long may it wave!  I'll always love ya and be grateful to ya, BTD!

edited to add:  I'm happy for you, Tillarna!!!

edited to add:  Sorry it took me almost two months to notice this thread *lol*!!!  So many notice-worthy threads on the site, so little time!

Posted by: OSuzanna, Friday, December 21, 2007, 8:29pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from 855
Thank you all for all this information.

I have been reading up on Celiac and I don't think I have it.  I think maybe it is just an allergy to something.  I will pay attention to sulphite as Jenny suggests.

Thanks again


Perhaps it's just that O allergy to wheat! :X
Posted by: Ribbit, Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 3:05am; Reply: 26
My AB daughter gets itchy on her face from eating anything with the tiniest bit of vinegar in it.

She just got over a bad case of hives.  I don't know what caused it--the stomach virus she also just got over, or the walk through the nearby-school's ball field that looked like it had just been fertilized.  Maybe she's allergic to those chemicals.  Wish we'd realized it before we ran around on it!
Posted by: Caz B, Sunday, March 23, 2008, 11:26am; Reply: 27
When my type A daughter was between the age of 2-5 she used to get giant hives almost all over, with some eczema thrown in just for fun - not.  We finally decided to do a blood test to find out food sensitivities.  Once we took soy milk and strawberries out of her diet they cleared up - hey presto!

I always wondered about the fact that soy is supposed to be beneficial for A's but she reacted so badly to it.  We just did her measurements (she's almost 13) and she's probably a GT3 Teacher and soymilk and strawberries are black dot foods - makes some sense now  :)
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, March 23, 2008, 6:05pm; Reply: 28
The Genotyping clears up a lot of mysteries, and for many people, it can be the missing link to solving some major chronic problems.
Posted by: Squirrel, Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 2:08am; Reply: 29
Tillarna - I'm interested! Did you try the rye bread? Did you get any reaction?
Posted by: 521 (Guest), Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 10:41am; Reply: 30
I can't get over the word "rapt".

;D
Posted by: 794 (Guest), Thursday, June 12, 2008, 2:38am; Reply: 31
Welcome to the diet.   ;)
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