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Today is purging day for me. I have eczema and have had it for many years. My doctor told me it was idiopathic and to continue on dealing with it. He wrote me a script for the Cortisone, that is a bit more medicated than the over-the-counter. I want to rock climb. I want to climb in shorts on a wall with people who, as cool as they may be are not going to be grossed out by the patches on my legs and arms. It really isn't that bad, and I have a little more help with this article for the Daily Mail written on 2009 concerning a popular chef in London. This may help people who have a real suffering of eczema, as I hope it helps me. I'll let you know.


So here is the article. It speaks mostly concerning the need to discontinue Nightshade vegetables and cut caffeine intake, which is going to be difficult. Tomorrow, I will cut down on the coffee, and I will give away the large amount of peppers I bout for the Paleo section my challenge.



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Interesting. I have had patches on the tops of my feet since last winter that wont heal. I've thought they were psoriasis, but they could be eczema. I googled some pictures and there are some that look similar. They are itchy only sometimes, and are mostly very dry, flakey skin. Hmm...I might have to give up dairy and see if it helps.

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I tried all sorts of things for my diet, including Whole30, but nothing ever worked. But I have not tried eliminating night shades. I'll try that, but I have my eczema pretty much under control now, so it will be hard to gauge.


What finally worked for me is doing UV light therapy. My eczema was out of control on my hands, and after having the treatments for a few months it was gone - gone for the first time in years, other than using hard core steroid creams that I could only use for a few weeks at a time, and my dermatologist didn't want me relying on them in case it would stop being effective. It has popped up a little bit, but it goes away when I use a less potent cream now. Right now I'm having the same treatment done on my legs and it's also helping a lot.


ETA: After re-reading the article, something is not clear to me. Was John able to go back to eating nightshades without them flaring up his eczema? It says he went back to eating food normally, that means all food? The use of "normal" is too vague here, for me. Plus it just seems incredible that you could cut them out, then eat them again without flareups happening again. Because being Italian, the idea of cutting garlic out of my diet forever traumatizes me :)

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I think everyone has slightly different body chemistry, so what worked for John may be different. I have cut out coffee about 95% and have almost cut out everything else. Cutting out ginger is even hard, for me I cut out everything, and just touch the nightshades from time to time.


When you say UV treatments helped, I understand that, as my  eczema is not an issue during the summer, nearly at all.

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My eczema is triggered by two things: stress (which is hard to control, but I'm working on it!) and poultry! Eggs, chicken, turkey, Cornish hens, whatever: can't have any of it. Going eggless is hard, but I've been like this for at least a decade now and it's worth the aggravation. I'm still on cortisones for the stress-triggered ones, but it's better than looking and feeling awful EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.


So experiment with your diet and lifestyle, see if you can weed out what ails you, and look into seeing an allergist as well as a dermatologist to help determine exactly what could be wrong. 


Best of luck~!

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Have suffered from eczema pretty much most of my life since I was about 10 (36 now) and at times it's been horrendous, I still have scars all over my arms and legs, some of which look like they will never totally go.


While it's largely a stress thing for me, cutting back on processed sugars (and all junk food) has definitely helped as has a generally much more healthy diet and lifestyle. It does seem to vary for many people, for instance I eat a fair bit of dairy, cook with a lot of garlic and love tomatos at the moment and my skin is the clearest it's been since I was a kid.


If you are going to experiment with cutting stuff make sure you do it one thing at a time (or one food group) or you'll never know what helped if it does clear up :)


Vitamin D3 might be worth a try as well since you say you suffer less in summer, while it's somewhat anecdotal evidence I've had less problems since I started taking it.


Also this stuff http://www.aveeno.co.uk/products/skin-relief-moisturising-lotion-with-shea-butter300ml totally changed my life, best moisturiser I've ever found for daily use and made me much less reliant on cortisones. Oats in general seem to be awesome for eczema, either on the inside or the outside  :rapture:


Hope you get it sorted anyway, it's a rubbish thing to be afflicted with and life is much more pleasant when it's absent!

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My wife has had  eczema since she was a toddler.  She's had some food allergy/senstivity tests done and determined that she's allergic to some things which we've eliminated.  But by far the biggest culprits for her are gluten and dairy.  Once she eliminated those things the eczema just vanished.  She still will get a quarter sized patch on the back of her hand from time to time but we just figure that's when something accidentally slips into her diet that she's not supposed to have.  It's vastly improved just with the diet changes. 

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My eczema works in concert with my asthma. When one flares, the other isn't far behind. As long as I take my asthma meds, no eczema problems. My asthma is made worse by dairy and processed foods. I'm on a mission to get most if not all processed food out of my diet in hopes that I can stop taking so much medicine.

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My eczema works in concert with my asthma. When one flares, the other isn't far behind. As long as I take my asthma meds, no eczema problems. My asthma is made worse by dairy and processed foods. I'm on a mission to get most if not all processed food out of my diet in hopes that I can stop taking so much medicine. Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2

Few tips for Asthma control (being born with Severe Asthma myself):

1. Straight Black Coffee - I literally grew up on this stuff, which has given me a horrible immunity towards caffeine. It does nothing for me now, and I have actually cut it out completely! But on bad days, a cup of HOT Black Coffee can help.

2. Hot Tea w/ Honey - This was another home made favorite. The honey coats the throat to help soothe it, and the caffeine in the tea helps the asthma, as well as all its antioxidant properties.

3. Walking With a Heavy Back Pack - This I haven't tested yet, but a doctor had recommended. It puts more work on you and your lungs without the running additive, so it's nice for a type of soft cardio and great to build strength in your lungs.

4. Running - This of course is great for strengthening your lungs.

5. Swimming - Swimming is a great soft cardio that works all of your body, to include your lungs.

6. Recommended by a newcomer here to me, holding your breath. Quote from ZachAcid: "Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

Fsure! And a tip about the asthma, if you can find a place to swim, try swimming laps while holding your breath, and get to the point where you can swim for a good 1:15 without breathing, this will take a LOT of time.  Another way I'd suggest training this as well, try (whenever you get the chance in a safe place so you don't hurt yourself) is try holding your breath for as long as you can until you get to about 2:30 or 3:00, this really should help you with your asthma.  This is what I did as a competitive swimmer growing up, just to be a better swimmer, and today I haven't had an asthma attack in 14 years."


There are plenty other tips for asthma, but I don't want to leave you with too long of a list! These alone proved more than plenty with me, and I never have to take my inhaler. I do have a refill of it just in case that day comes where I need it, but generally I do perfectly fine. Also being in the whole paleo diet type of eating, it has proved to help a TON!

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Oh no. I have eczema too. If tomatoes are wrong, I don't want to be right.

Anyway, I'm going to see a dermatologist about it. I've had it ever since I was a child but I've never seen a specialist about it. I am able to keep it pretty well at bay by eliminating sulfates, perfumes, and commercial skincare products. I've also found rosehip and coconut oil to be very good at keeping it at bay. 


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I know this is an older post, but we've found out my daughter has a skin condition that isn't eczema, but is sort of like eczema with a rash.


The things that seem to help her most:


* sunlight


* coconut oil (virgin organic seems to work better than refined)


* pineapple juice from fresh pineapples. There's some enzyme in it called bromelain. I recommend reading up on it. There are some fantastic benefits to bromelain but it can also have a couple side effects if you take too much of it.


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I just pulled myself off of prednisone 3 weeks ago for major skin issues(not my eczema). Unfortunately they just started coming back. i have had eczema all my life that is primarily affected by stress and skin care products/ detergents. The only soaps and creams I can use are burts bees and oddly enough a  shea butter body butter from the body shop (for my face). I find the key is good exfolition and never changing what products I use. The one time I use something different I break out for weeks. I am starting to wonder about the nightshade thing, I'm really hoping not to have to give them up, that's so much of my diet!

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