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    Striving for balance Little Linguist's Avatar
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    Default What causes eczema?

    It's driving me CRAZY!!!!!

    I went to the doctor, and he told me it's not a fungus or an infection - just eczema. I start by getting little round dots full of fluid. When they pop, my skin dries out and gets all flaky and itchy....

    So he told me to use cream. I'm using cream, and sometimes it gets better. No dots anymore. But itchy, dry skin that's driving me MAD!!!!!!!!!

    If no one has any good ideas regarding

    a) where it comes from and
    b) how to get rid of it

    I think I will have to go to the doctor again.

    And, yes, before any of you get cute: I do take 1-2 showers every day, wear clean clothes, and take care of myself. When I asked HIM (the doctor) where it comes from, he told me when the weather is hot or cold, your skin can get really irritated. But I wonder if the problem is something I eat. I'm not really that stressed right now - so it can't be that. Argh, what's causing this? It's usually on my right hand and right toes - nowhere else. Really weird.

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    I had that problem on my hands and legs for 2 years. I tried expensive steroid creams, but nothing really helped that much. One day it just went away.

    Sorry i can't be more helpful.

    edit: Also I saw two general practitioners and a dermatologist about it and the only thing they could do was prescribe me expensive creams. No explanation of where it came from and no solution on how to get rid of it.
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    As far as I know eczema can have various causes. My mom and niece both have it. I know for my mom stress is the key factor. When she is under stress it flares up, and the creams do little to help... My niece's is caused by food allergies. When she avoids the allergens she doesn't have issues.

    My son has celiac disease (gluten intolerance), and whereas he doesn't have eczema I do know it is a common symptom of celiac disease.
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    I've got two dime size spots, one on either hand. The Body Shop body butters remove the symptoms but don't cure it.

    As for getting rid of eczema, there's something called phototherapy that works for some types.

    As far as topical steroid creams are concerned, I refuse to use them since they thin the skin.

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    my doctor prescribed synalar ointment (steroid)
    it would provide relief, but the eczema never
    fully went away.

    i ended up doing an entire overhaul
    on my diet and lifestyle. i guess a
    holistic approach. i started with
    watching what i ate. and take notice
    of how it affected my skin.

    takes a while to get in tune with your body.
    but it's simple enough: avoid processed foods
    and alcohol. eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
    just start by lowering the acidity in your body.

    i went on a raw food diet for 6 months.
    and it went away.

    this german dude i know, ate only 4 kinds
    of vegetables and rice for three months.
    he had it all over his chest and arms.

    it's tough though...drastically altering your diet.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    Is eczema the same as sebohreic dermatitis?

    Oh wait, it's a mild form.

    I can't really help, then. Mine isn't so bad and it doesn't drive me crazy. I avoid a lot of dark colored clothes, though.

    Mine is probably caused by something stupid. I'm allergic to rain, so maybe my skin is allergic to air.
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    First, thank you and to everyone who answered my question because it was really driving me crazy.

    Quote Originally Posted by mmhmm View Post
    my doctor prescribed synalar ointment (steroid)
    it would provide relief, but the eczema never
    fully went away.

    i ended up doing an entire overhaul
    on my diet and lifestyle. i guess a
    holistic approach. i started with
    watching what i ate. and take notice
    of how it affected my skin.

    takes a while to get in tune with your body.
    but it's simple enough: avoid processed foods
    and alcohol. eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
    just start by lowering the acidity in your body.

    i went on a raw food diet for 6 months.
    and it went away.

    this german dude i know, ate only 4 kinds
    of vegetables and rice for three months.
    he had it all over his chest and arms.

    it's tough though...drastically altering your diet.
    I have started doing something similar. I have stopped working crazy hours (basically I have taken a little hiatus before the craziness starts again).

    And I have all but stopped eating processed foods (I even make my own müsli and stuff); I eat fresh fruits and veggies 5-7 servings a day, and dried fruit (including ginger, figs, etc.) and nuts and seeds. Since I have started that, it has been getting better too. At first I attributed it to the cream, but maybe it is the change in diet as well.

    I'm hoping it really goes away because it used to itch so badly it hurt....if you know what I mean. It was probably mild, but it felt like hell to me.

    Might just be a low threshold for itch, though. For me, itching is worse than pain.

    It was just recently (two days ago) that I read about acidity-base balance in your body. The fact that milk/dairy, meat, and veggies have acid whereas fruits/other veggies/water, etc. were basic - wow, that was totally new for me. Since I started reading about it, I've watched and made sure I have a healthy balance of both, counterbalancing healthy but acidic veggies/dairy with basic fruits/veggies.

    It's *starting* to improve. I hope to goodness it goes away fully because argh. It's good to know that it helped you, too.

    ***burst of insight*** I really never connected my eczema to my diet. I mean, I intuited that it MIGHT have a connection, but I didn't know HOW, which was frustrating me. And how odd that I should read about it 2 days ago, and you have just confirmed it.

    ***hopes it works****

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    Eczema can be hereditary, or can be caused by stress, allergens, chlorine from pools, sweat, anything that can affect your skin to make it dry or itchy.

    I don't think diet has much to do with eczema. I've had it my whole life, and my diet was always the same for the most part (although increased amounts of vitamin D, E, and fish oil supplements will help), but it would come and go and break out whenever it wanted to.

    The best thing to do for it is to air out the skin (don't wear tight clothes depending on where it is) and GET SOME SUNLIGHT! That was the best thing that worked for me, since UV rays supply nutrients to the skin directly. Creams don't work, they never have for me, they only ruined my clothes, so I wouldn't use them too often.

    Good luck getting rid of it.

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    There are lots of potential causes, eczema is just a type of generic skin response.

    In my case, avoiding eating wheat stops the eczema on my hands/feet. I've tested this over 50 times now, its a clear trend.
    I don't have coeliac disease, or a typical (IgE) allergy to wheat either.

    I've been off wheat more or less for about 5 years, it is not that difficult.

    Other common dietary causes include dairy/lactose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    ***burst of insight*** I really never connected my eczema to my diet. I mean, I intuited that it MIGHT have a connection, but I didn't know HOW, which was frustrating me. And how odd that I should read about it 2 days ago, and you have just confirmed it.

    ***hopes it works****
    changing your diet also has to do with food combining.
    again, it's about listening to your body. keep your intake
    as simplistic as possible while you're trying to figure out
    what works for you.

    i went on the raw diet because i realised i just needed a
    nutrient densed diet. in order to do this i drank green
    smoothies from the start (greens have to enter the
    digestive tract in liquefied form for best possible absorption bc
    it's high in cellulose, making it hard for the digestive
    system to break down)

    have you done an acidity test yet? you can just get some pH
    paper and stick it on your tongue.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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