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Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:49am
Over the last 9 months or so I have developed eczema. It started on my neck  which was quite bad for a few months it did clear up with a few supplements  ( from an ND) but has returned to my arms in big angry patches.

Anyone have any thoughts? I do know stress is a factor,  I turned 50 this year and never had this before. it seems so odd at this time in life to develop it.

I will restart the supplements that I was taking but -- would love for it to go for good and return to my old self.

  I get a tingling in my skin  before it breaks out.
I do yoga a few days a week for stress.  I will admit to eating some wheat in a homemade cake? could this be it.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, March 15, 2013, 2:50am; Reply: 1
Wheat. Absolutely.  What does your SWAMI say for grain allowances per day?  

The hardback edition of Dr. D's ALLERGY BOOK for A sec's puts wheat bran and germ in the avoid category and all other wheat in the allowed infrequently category.



Up your yoga and/or meditation if possible.
Posted by: kitari, Friday, March 15, 2013, 3:46am; Reply: 2
I never eat wheat or gluten but if I eat milk products or too many nuts I get eczema.
Posted by: balletomane, Friday, March 15, 2013, 4:02am; Reply: 3
Andrea, I recently had an episode of eczema on my neck, too. It's right under the chin and very red and itchy. I don't recall eating any avoids so that was very odd. I guess stress is a factor as I started a new job and have been adapting to a new schedule. It could have been something I ate or touched but the cause remains unknown. Now the eczema is totally healed and I'll share what I did to heal it. I put a few drops of DMSO and then sprayed a solution of CDS (cholorine dioxide)+water on it. Apparently this killed off the fungus or whatever that irritated the skin. The itchiness was gone after 2-3 days of application and skin started peeling off. Then new skin grew back. I had to reapply a few more times for a couple of more days but that was it. If you are interested in this solution let me know.
Posted by: Damon, Friday, March 15, 2013, 8:51am; Reply: 4
A secretor A warrior having troubles with wheat? Seems unlikely to me.

I'd like to point out the possibility that you are oversensitive to so-called 'salicylates'. This is rather common, but it is very hard to find this out yourself as this stuff is abundant in natural foods, especially in fruits and vegetables. (FYI: Salicylates are natural substances that prevent foods spoil. A reason we may consume far more salicylates than in the past is that most fruits and vegetables are nowadays picked 'unripe', OR that we simply consume far more of these foods than in past times.)

See this website for a comprehensive food list: http://salicylatesensitivity.com/about/food-guide/
Following a 'low salicylate diet' is all that is necessary to solve the eczema if it's caused by this; that means focusing on low and medium salicylate content foods, while not eating too many high salicylate content foods in a single day (or on too many consecutive days). (This requires some experimentation..)

Also note people are typically not allergic to salicylates, but too much salicylates may simply surpass your 'tolerance level' and result in 'allergy-alike reactions'. If you want you can 'increase' your tolerance level by strengthening your adrenals: increase your (natural) vitamin C and vitamin B intake (especially panthothenic acid). One of the best natural sources for vitamin B are bee pollen. Watch out you don't eat too many high salicylate foods simply because they contain (much) vitamin C.

Also see this post for more information: http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-GC/m-1346256273/#num13
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, March 15, 2013, 10:41am; Reply: 5
would use beepollen or royal jelly... and if you want some alpha-lipoic-acid ??) ;) :D...wish you a very quick recovery  :)
Posted by: Spring, Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:47pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Over the last 9 months or so I have developed eczema.  

If I had to deal with that doctor you're working with, I think I would be breaking out in huge boils - forget eczema!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:56pm; Reply: 7
Thanks all-- will look up all the things you suggested.

Might just go back to the ND and see if he can patch me up again--  ;)

Someone also suggested hemp oil.
Posted by: jeanb, Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:13pm; Reply: 8
Hi Andrea:

I suffered from skin issues for years (not quite sure if it was eczema or psoriasis).  My kids also have skin issues.

Part of the healing process was this diet (as you absolutely know), the other part was starting on a regimen of supplements, the 2 most important for me and my sons are zinc and Vit A.  I am pretty religious about taking my supplements, my kids, not so much.   If they miss a week or 2, their skin erupts, it takes about 1 week of supplementation to calm it down.  We also need to take Vit D but the lack of it doesn't cause immediate skin issues for us.

Good luck on solving it.  
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Friday, March 15, 2013, 3:18pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Over the last 9 months or so I have developed eczema. It started on my neck  which was quite bad for a few months it did clear up with a few supplements  ( from an ND) but has returned to my arms in big angry patches.  .

Do you eat gluten? I would suggest giving up gluten because it's directly linked to skin rashes.
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, March 15, 2013, 3:41pm; Reply: 10
Mayflowerli... good point...this is it what I've tried to point out since..... ... ::)..it's equal of what kind is that blo... stuff mentioned...spelt...etc..all kinds of blas.. but while containing gluten/gliadin... justamente stop the intake immediately and a lot will change ;) ;D  thanx for the input :K)

btw.. skin issue really relates  to our psyche stress programs... herefore I wish  better awareness of all of us !!! Dito the merely often mentioned *adrenal fatigue*  :o... :X :X :D.... ok .... ok I'll stop here ...(shrug)(smile)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, March 15, 2013, 4:12pm; Reply: 11
I also get eczema from time to time (I've had it on and off for 20 years now) and in my case it's always linked to a lack of "good" fats. Let me add that I eat the recommended amounts from SWAMI, so I'm not at all deficient in fat theoretically, but it seems sometimes my body needs more, MUCH more and eczema is the warning sign.
As soon as I increase the amount of EVOO and fatty fish in my diet (and I mean really increase it threefold), the eczema goes away.

As topical treatment I use camomile tincture, which seems to soothe the redness.

I guess it's different for everybody, but just wanted to share my experience.
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Friday, March 15, 2013, 4:32pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from 2degreespisces
I also get eczema from time to time


Do you eat wheat and gluten?
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, March 15, 2013, 5:08pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from 815


Do you eat wheat and gluten?


I've been wheat-free and gluten-free, no change at all in the eczema frequency.

In my case (I'm not saying this applies to anybody else, as I said I'm just sharing my experience) it has to do with a fat issue. Significantly upping my intake of healthy fats always gets rid of the eczema.

Posted by: Damon, Friday, March 15, 2013, 5:50pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from 2degreespisces


I've been wheat-free and gluten-free, no change at all in the eczema frequency.

In my case (I'm not saying this applies to anybody else, as I said I'm just sharing my experience) it has to do with a fat issue. Significantly upping my intake of healthy fats always gets rid of the eczema.



You may want to consider the fact that upping your fat intake logically means you're eating less of something else. So it doesn't necessarily relate to the fats.

Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, March 15, 2013, 6:02pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from Damon


You may want to consider the fact that upping your fat intake logically means you're eating less of something else. So it doesn't necessarily relate to the fats.




No, I eat exactly the same diet besides the upped fats.
So it's not "instead of", but "in addition to".
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, March 15, 2013, 10:24pm; Reply: 16
OK I take flax oil with lecithin and grapefruit juice every morning--
:-/
Posted by: Kristin, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1:23am; Reply: 17
I would echo some of the thoughts here. From my experience there is a connection between food intolerance/reactions and eczema. I suffered from eczema on and off for years before starting the BTD. It cleared up a few weeks after starting the BTD and I think the culprit was tomatoes. I was eczema free for several years. It has recently flared up again and I realize that my diet has been quite less than stellar. I think there is a direct connection.

Also, I think healthy fats such as omega 3 and 6 really help as well, not just for eczema but for overall skin health. Unfortunately, flax seed oil does not work the best for me. When I use high potency fish oils, my skin looks and feels the healthiest.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10:42am; Reply: 18
I myself can't have flax seed oil, so I don't know if that would help. In my case it's EVOO and especialy oily fish that helps.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, March 18, 2013, 1:49pm; Reply: 19
What's changed in the past 9 months since the eczema started?  You've clearly been eating well for years and years, so there's unlikely to be any "detox" from old toxins in your system.

Is there anything new in your environment that could be setting things off- have you recently repainted or purchased new furniture? Any new cleaning supplies being used at home or at work? Did your favorite soap or shampoo company change their formulations? It could be a direct reaction to something that you're putting on your skin.

Has your stress level changed in the past 9 months? Anything unusually stressful start happening at home or at work, that wasn't  going on before? Have you always been dealing with Dr Jerk or is this relatively new?

What's happening with your hormones? That's the one thing that's likely to be changing at your age, even if everything else in your life and environment have been relatively stable. I don't know exactly how fluctuating hormones would affect your skin, but if it's the only thing that changed when your skin changed, there must be a connection.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, March 18, 2013, 2:10pm; Reply: 20
Still cleaning house-- I have been dealing with overgrowth for a while, I recently took something very strong to clean my gut up. I do wonder if my work environment exposes me to a great deal of bacteria  that love an A, many of my co workers have had H Pylori.  Sometimes the body takes time to adjust to the changes, that is all I have to go on. I am approaching menopause which might play a role. But Dr. D did tell me that A's get these  and that stress was a big part of it.  I can not change my job situation so I will have to cope with it.

  I do eat some things I probably shouldn't so I need to pay more attention.

This last out break was not as bad as last time. I did notice the moment my stress level went up and the change in my body but not sure how to stop it-- or if I can.

Thanks for all your kind thoughts--
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, March 18, 2013, 2:13pm; Reply: 21
The "something strong to clean your gut up" could have created a detox reaction that affected your skin. What was the timing there?

Even if the main cause is internal, you may find something topical that can minimize the discomfort. It can't hurt to double-check that you're not reacting badly to laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, etc. Also make sure your skin is properly moisturized after showering.
Posted by: JJR, Monday, March 18, 2013, 7:55pm; Reply: 22
I agree mostly with what Kristin and Ruthie said.  

I don't have eczema, but we dealt with it with my son Jack.  And I really don't know if I'm any help, other than it's probably something to do with detox and your gut.  

If you're detoxing, it might come out in your skin.  You said you just recently cleaned your gut up.  Well, some of the toxins may be working their way out.  

Or, like Kristin said, it could be a certain food.  I would not just point the finger at wheat and call it a day though. It COULD be that.  But it COULD be lots of things.  Especially if you've eaten it here and there before and haven't had an issue.  When people do those IGg tests, it's not always wheat that is the culprit.  In fact for me I had no reaction to it.  But I still didn't eat it for a long time.  But I eat a little here and there now and don't seem to be any worse for the wear.  My swami has all wheat products as black dots.  Even evil white bleached flour.  Weird.

Anyways....  

Like you say too, it could be the combination of a new job and stress also.  All of those are likely.  Finding out what will fix it is the big mystery.  All you can do is try I guess.  But our systems change from time to time and they say you can develop allergies later in life.  In fact, many people do.  Whether they are classic or gut allergies, I guess just depends on the person.  And what other things the body is dealing with.  

Hope you figure it out.  

And for what it's worth, it's not the purest stuff in the world, but the only thing that ever seemed to work no my son as far as lotion goes was eucerin.  And for me, I put it on my hands at bedtime in the winter because my hands are so dry.  It's the only thing I found that doesn't sting.  Plus it's super thick and seems to work.  
Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:38pm; Reply: 23
I wonder if putting honey from your local area would help?/

Crazy but worth a try..

Stress is not only stress you create in your own life but also what activities you carry on with that cause stress universally.  Thinking is stress, thinking in perfection is stress, New soap can be stress, Not wanting stress is stress.

Stressed backward is Desserts = avoids?

Have you tried Trehalose Complex?  Try olive oil internally and on the skin.  Try using shampoo instead of soap all over, and conditioner for the whole body.

I see it as a systemic issue, have you done a lot of green juices> oxygenate your body.  

Sorry ... and good luck..    
Posted by: Loops, Sunday, March 24, 2013, 1:51pm; Reply: 24
hello - eczema expert here!  Having dealt with awful eczema most of my life, I have found it is ALWAYS due to a food intolerance.  For me that is gluten and casein.  Gluten is the worst.  Casein less so but it still gives me a bit of eczema.  It took 2 years off all gluten for my eczema to heal up 90%, then off casein to get to 100%.  I recently was playing around with dairy again and my eczema came back in one spot only.  Am off it again and said spot is healing up nicely.  Of course stress can exacerbate it, but for me, it is always food intolerances.  I hope that helps?  Can you get tested for food intolerances you might be unaware of?  I noticed recently that in the FAQ for BTD it is mentioned that if you are intolerant to a beneficial food that you should avoid it despite it being a beneficial.....

I hate eczema it is awful - I hope yours gets better soon!
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