Atopic dermatitis

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Shill
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Date Joined Feb 2014
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   Posted 2/23/2014 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have atopic dermatitis since I was a kid. There is no family history of such condition and we don't know how I got it. The condition was severe as a child and then reduced to occurrences during climatic changes as I grew. I have severe itching, scaling, inflammation and pigmentation in the joints. I have tried all treatments (allopathy,homeopathy,Ayurvedic ) in the past without any lasting benefits. But the condition was under control.
Now I'm 29yrs and after I had my baby, the condition has worsened. The patches have spread to areas where I never had any problem before. I'm unable to focus on taking care of my baby. I feel itching every time. I'm worried if I will ever get over this.
Has anyone faced a similar situation? Also someone said high potassium levels can cause this issue. I still have to check it though.
Please help

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 3/15/2014 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shill

I usually hang out in the GERD forum but have been thinking about my eczema which has been kicking off recently. I've had eczema since I was weaned. It has been bad enough to be hospitalised with more than once. Things changed for me at the age of 21 (long time ago!) when I was put on a low allergen diet. I then discovered I had wheat allergy and an intolerance to a couple of other foods, mainly cow's milk and egg. Avoiding those kept my skin clear for 2 decades, apart from the odd blip from excessive exposure to dust or mould.

Things changed when I had kids though. In the past my skin never reacted to stress - you could put me through anything, exams, bereavements, days from hell at work, and my skin was unaffected. However, I think mummy stress is different! And perhaps hormonal changes cause more trouble too.

Cortisone cream helps but doesn't stop new eczema erupting elsewhere of course. Keeping the skin soft by taking linseed oil also helps. I also have to make sure I wear gloves for all housework, even dry jobs like dusting and tidying. All the extra hand washing that goes with being a mum is a killer too - gotta keep putting cream on.

One thing that made my skin great was an experiment I tried cos it was peddled as a GERD cure. I took 1 teaspoon of olive oil by mouth every day before breakfast. It did nothing for my reflux issues but I had the best skin EVER within a week! I do keep trying to do this again but sadly my stomach doesn't always let me. I think it might be the omega 9 that did it - and maybe taking omega 3 and 6 at the same time would be good but I would have GERD issues if I did that.

Pregnancy and breast feeding deplete you of nutrients, so replacing your vitamins and essential fatty acids might be worth a go? And the olive oil experiment if you're up for it!

MMM
GERD (3 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

Greg1963
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   Posted 11/3/2014 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffered from one of the worst varieties of atopic dermatitis called Lichen Simplex Chronicus for about 20 years. Creams, sunlight exposure, sea water and various natural therapies may have provided some relief on occasion, however, I had never found a cure and overall, my condition progressed with time.

Until, something extraordinary happened a year and a half ago, as I started taking 300mg of St Johns Wort a day, to treat an unrelated and temporary anxiety condition. After about 6 weeks of treatment, the redness, scaling and oozing on my skin had completely dissappeared. After about 5-6 months, all the scarring left from those 20 years combating the disease was gone, and I literally had fresh new skin growing everywhere the lesions used to be.

I could not understand how this miracle had taken place and decided to do some research to see if there might be a scientific explanation. It turns out I discovered several recent scientific research articles explaining that a common but tough-to-beat bacteria was involved in about 90% of cases of atopic dermatitis. Here is a link to one of these articles: http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201310/stapheczema

If you read the article, you will learn that the bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus is at least an aggravating factor, responsible amongst other things, of the chronic itching often associated with a worsening of the condition. Then I found out that a molecule present in St Johns Wort called Hyperforin, was one of the most effective antimicrobial agents against Staphylococcus Aureus. In fact, the bacteria is often resistant to most of the conventional antibiotics on the market. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=%22staphylococcus+aureus%22+and+%22hyperforin%22

So, there it is, my lesions are completely gone and there is no doubt in my mind that St Johns Wort was behind my success. This does not guarantee it will work for everyone and as a word of caution, St Johns Wort can interact with other medications, so it is essential to read about those potential interactions before trying it out. Hope this helps as much as it helped me!

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 11/4/2014 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Greg,

That's such good news for you - well done!

I used to like taking St John's wort for other things - it helped my bladder problem and also with general immunity. Since getting GERD I cannot tolerate it - gives me a lot of heartburn.

I'm sure you're right about the staph aureus - it can be a big factor for some people's eczema - I've even read about a bleach treatment, but that's definitely not one you can do at home!

Thanks for posting.

MMM
GERD (3 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

Greg1963
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Date Joined Nov 2014
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   Posted 11/4/2014 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi MMM,

Thanks, and may I suggest trying a St Johns Wort cream rich in Hyperforin, since the systemic treatment is apparently not an option?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=%22st+john's+wort+cream%22+and+%22eczema%22

I haven't tried the cream, since the oral treatment was so successful, but this might be worth looking into if you can find such cream in your area or perhaps order it elsewhere.

As for GERD, you may want to look into a potential new treatment with Black Seed oil (Nigella Sativa). Just type GERD and Black Seed Oil in Google. This herb was used as far back as the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt, to treat many conditions, especially those related to allergies. Modern science is uncovering its benefits for a huge amount of conditions including Gastric issues, Cancer and AIDS. My personal word of caution however: I developed a rather rare, but severe, and documented allergic skin reaction by trying it, so it may be wise to start off with very small amounts, or perhaps to patch-test it on a small area of the skin for a while before attempting to take it internally. Thymoquinone (its main constituent) is documented to be a very powerful bioactive agent.

Good luck!

mudmagnetmum
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 11/4/2014 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Greg, I'll check out the cream :-)

I'm waiting for yet another gastroscopy, which is no joke as I have a phobia of them, but once they're ready to leave me alone again I'll look at further experiments! Thanks again,

MMM
GERD (4 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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