Saturday, February 11, 2012

Skin Update: Healed!

I am delighted to report I seem to have kicked the eczema. Finally, I'm at the point where my skin is generally symptom-free. That is, unless I eat something substantial from the high histmaine list, in which case I may have a variety of symptoms (mostly short-term hive-like rash and/or general itchiness). And this breakthrough has come none too fast, as I admit to growing tired of the low histamine diet. On the very-much-up-side: I now know (for certain!) what causes my skin to react, and I am extremely thankful for that.


July 23, 2011: rash making its way up my right arm and patchy, red, puffy, itchy spots on my face.

Taken today, virtually clear of eczema.
So here's where we stand now. I'm eating the occasional avocado, worrying less about cinnamon and other spices, even having the odd serving of (incredibly fantastic tasting) tomato meat sauce. And I'm living to tell the tale. I seem to be more sensitive perhaps, as I'm definitely seeing the connection between food and scratching. However, because my histamine "bucket" is no longer overflowing, I recover quickly. Sadly, (with the exception of popping the occasional Histame - a topic for another post), I will likely never eat seafood again. The rest, for the most part, I can see working slowly back into my diet.

I am one lucky girl.

19 comments:

  1. Saw this on Twitter! Very cool to hear your story...I'm basically in the same boat. I've struggled with miserable skin rashes and exzema since I was a baby and its taken me more than 20 years to figure out the connection between skin and diet. My whole body, especially my legs, would itch so badly that I would scratch until I started to bleed. I actually have scars! There were months I couldn't even shave my legs. After reaching the point of desperation this past fall, after some research on the Google....I decided to try a gluten-free diet, not having heard of Paleo yet.

    A few months later, and a visit to an allergist md and the miserable prick tests, I found out I am allergic to milk, soy, corn, peas, in addition to the peanut allergy I already knew about. I wasn't tested for gluten intolerance, but I am convinced of that myself.

    So now I am couple months into Paleo (very strict with GF, not as strict with no dairy, as I indulge in the occasional cup of fage yogurt or a sprinkle of cheese on my salad) and my lifelong exzema and skin conditions are GONE! It's a friggin miracle! On top of this, I've always had pretty severe acne, and my face is now totally clear about 98% of the time. I'd spent years going to the dermatologist, trying EVERYTHING from antibiotics to Accutane to Proactiv, and nothing did the trick like eating according to the Paleo diet guidelines. Pretty crazy, huh?

    Anyways, wanted to share... Glad you have experienced this success--it's a fantastic feeling!

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    1. Hey i will suggest you to use aloe vera for curing Skin Rashes

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    2. Two years late to the party, but thanks so much for sharing this!! I feel like you're telling my life story here! I am also allergic to peanuts and have had really bad eczema my whole life. It's nice to know something might actually work! Thanks so much! You give me hope!

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  2. Oh, and my friends think I am health FREAK. I totally understand your need for an outlet to talk about Paleo...my friends just think I am nut. hahaha

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    1. That's incredible Olivia, I'm so glad you shared. My friend coined the term "food leper" for me :-)

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  3. Hi Sarah

    I'm delighted to hear about your excellent skin! I commented on one of your posts last October, about how my eczema looked a lot like yours. I tried a paleo diet for about a week and couldn't keep up, and my eczema flared up the worst it had ever been around Thanksgiving. I found some forums where people had said they had success with vitamin D supplements, so I took the challenge of taking 15,000 IU daily for a month. Wow! The effect was immediate. No itching, no redness, no blistering. Now I take maybe one 5000-IU capsule every four or five days, just as a precaution. I haven't changed my diet at all. My skin almost looks like normal skin, yet I wouldn't say I am cured or that I don't have eczema, but the transformation has been astounding, just with a little bit (OK, mega dose) of a vitamin. I still believe that my eczema comes from something specific that I eat (maybe fish), but as you say, stopping the histamine bucket from pouring out its contents is a great start.

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    1. WOW, all this info is what I had been searching for!! THANK YOU ALL!! Sincerely, Itchy in Omaha :)

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  4. Pete - I'm so happy to hear about your success, that's great! The paleo diet can definitely tend to be high histamine, so I'm not surprised to hear that yours flared when you made the switch. I've gradually been able to find a balance that works for me (though my eating of late has left a bit to be desired). I'm still paleo, but allow myself a bit more flexibility now that my eczema is at a manageable level. Low histamine, paleo, is certainly possible, it just takes a bit more adjusting to :-)

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  5. Hi Sarah,
    Dawn at Peeling Back the Onion Layers sent me to your blog because I too am suffering with eczema. I'm really interested in the link to the high histamine list, but it appears to not be working...do you happen to remember what it is? Thanks for any help! It's so great that you found relief!

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  6. Lauren, I plugged the URL into the Wayback Machine at archives.org and got this:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130325195625/http://urticaria.thunderworksinc.com/pages/lowhistamine.htm

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  7. I stumbled across your blog today. I have been doing GAPS/Paleo for a little over a year now after being diagnosed with Celiac disease. A lot of things have gotten better on this diet, but the one lingering problem was my hands...they look exactly like the pictures of yours and so painful! I have just in the past month made the connection with histamine and have drastically reduced my intake. My hands have completely cleared! Not only that, but overall I feel so much better, too. It's amazing. I, too, have never found a hand moisturizer that didn't make things worse until I recently started using a body balm that is made up of beef tallow and olive oil. It has been amazing, but I might have to try the emu oil. I wish I had come across your blog sooner! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  8. Thanks for flagging the link!

    A glad you found the site Jenny - and that it was helpful!

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  9. i have the same right hand/arm issue. i have to run it under EXTREMELY hot water so the itching will stop. have been paleo/primal for a long time. healed my hand when it was at the raw oozing point with manuka honey. started contemplating histamine intolerance when i noticed a red itchy spot on my hand directly after eating niman ranch bacon (really good quality stuff. i'm sad about this) apparently, i am like a text book example of histamine intolerance. sinus congestion, asthma, hives on my hand . . . . . i am going to seriously try this for 30 days. it is hard. really hard. oh and i am open to eating white rice but that doesn't make it easier. i really miss vinegar. what do you put on your salad?

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    1. ha. i just went to your hompage after only looking at this post specifically. i see what you are doing for salad dressing :-) i just ate a bowl of undressed romaine. oh well. for what it's worth, i feel your pain. i've also started including some quercetin supplements as well as spirulina. oh and i'm ALWAYS wearing dish gloves when i do anything in the kitchen; it helps a lot :-)

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  10. um hi, it is i, anonymous again :-) upon further reading about your wee one and hand washing i am compelled to share one more thing. hand washing and water in general is the enemy of my hand. i own many boxes of latex free disposable gloves. they are a wonderful alternative to water. i too have a small child. also, i have found that the lansinoh lanolin for nursing mothers is good as a water barrier for my hand and helps it stay healed.

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  11. Thanks for the comments! The diet is tough - regular ol' paleo is a breeze by comparison. It's worth the effort though, definitely. Good luck!

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  12. Hi there,
    I've battled with eczema, asthma and allergies my whole life and have recently begun to experiment with all sorts of crazy restrictive diets, so it's so great to see this has been working for you! How long would you say it took for you to see results? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi - One of the frustrations I've found with this kind of process, is it's never a smooth, even healing process (it seems). It's more so ups and downs as you go. The healing, of course, varies (I believe) on how damaged the skin is to begin with. For example, if I have just a small patch of eczema, it can heal seemingly overnight. However, if I've got a bigger situation on my hands, in can take several weeks/months. Hard to say, it varies so much.

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  13. The link to your high histamine list doesn't work anymore. :(

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