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sudden itchy skin rash - can it be caused by Diatomaceous Earth?

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Created February 01, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I have suddenly developed a skin rash which itches a lot - mainly on the left side. The only things in my diet which have changed in the last 3 days are - I've been taking kelp pills, I've started eating 4 brazil nuts and 6 almonds, and I've started taking Diatomaceous earth - 2 teaspoons in water,morning and night.

Could any of these have caused the rash? Or is it just a coincidence?

If anyone has had this from DE I'd be really pleased to hear from you! Thanks.

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997 · September 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

@Lisa, the iodine from kelp can trigger dermatitis herpetiformis, the skin form of celiac disease. Rash on the butt is a classic location of DH. You might want to look into it. There is a great topical treatment for DH now besides eating gluten-free which helps immensely but not always completely.

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1163 · August 02, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Be vigilant about not breathing in the dust- obviously it's not a lot at a time, but silica is nasty stuff. When you breath silica particles into your lungs, they act in the same way as asbestos fibers (though not carcinogenic)- they are small enough to travel deep into your lung tissues, but too large for your body to expel or destroy. Eventually your body builds up scar tissue around the particles, effectively rendering that spot in your lung useless.

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100 · February 16, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I started putting kelp flakes on my veggies, and developed a rash on my butt about three weeks later. I don't know if that's what caused it, but it certainly may be.

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41422 · February 02, 2012 at 11:41 AM

What's up with the wacky nut & supplement regimen?

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2417 · February 02, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Radiation? I had to google that. Wacky!

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11557 · February 02, 2012 at 2:05 AM

I don't get why the diatomaceous earth would be particularly good after reading this article. Point (1) is the same old detox claims about magical attraction (plus, if the edges are sharp enough to kill fully grown parasites, do I want that in me?). Point (2), I don't think I want the mucosal lining of my digestion tract gone, do I? Point (3), I think I have enough silica from eating brazil nuts, if it's super sharp and hard, how do I absorb the silica from it? Maybe it was just the article that was confusing, but it didn't really sell me...

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4359 · February 01, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I would stop all of that. Kelp because of arsenic. Almonds because of omega 6. Brazil nuts because of omega 6 and radiation. Diatomaceous earth because you're eating dirt.

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24538 · February 01, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I'd look at the kelp pills first, suddenly increasing your iodine intake can cause all sorts of reactions.

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10 · December 11, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Excuse me, But where is the proof this stuff can get into our lungs but cannot be expelled?? Do you have any studies to prove this? I accidentally breathed it in once. Got a respiratory infection. Got better. But where's the proof that scar tissue forms around the particles? Is this just conjecture?? I have been taking DE now for a little over a week and my skin, nails and hair are improving. It repairs. There are people who have used this stuff and reported looking like they had colon therapy. It's helping me, that's all I know and my back pain is getting better and the soil our food is grown is is deficient in silica which 85% of this stuff is composed of. It helps the body assimilate nutrients.

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10 · February 02, 2012 at 1:22 AM

I would just stick to 1 teaspoon of Diatomaceous Earth once a week...

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1163 · August 02, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Be vigilant about not breathing in the dust- obviously it's not a lot at a time, but silica is nasty stuff. When you breath silica particles into your lungs, they act in the same way as asbestos fibers (though not carcinogenic)- they are small enough to travel deep into your lung tissues, but too large for your body to expel or destroy. Eventually your body builds up scar tissue around the particles, effectively rendering that spot in your lung useless.

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0 · May 22, 2013 at 5:50 AM

It is true that the unhygienic environment might cause skin rash itching which can be due to allergy or infection. It is always advisable to maintain cleanliness for maintaining good health.

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997 · September 19, 2012 at 2:05 PM

The iodine in kelp could set off dermatitis herpetiformis - the celiac skin rash. Even if one has been eating gluten-free for moths, the rash can still get triggered by contributors (like iodine which is required for the rash reaction) because in the case of DH, the antibodies stay under the skin for months, even years and they take a loooong time to get resorbed. I have been strictly GF for over 3 years now and still get triggered by iodine - if I eat seafood a couple days in a row, if I eat too much dairy (usually high in iodine), take a multivite with 100% RDV of iodine plus what's in my foods. DH is usually very itchy though I do know a couple of people who get it who don't have the awful itch.

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3280 · March 29, 2012 at 3:40 AM

Brazil nuts make me itch like MAD.

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10 · February 02, 2012 at 1:25 AM

http://www.morethanalive.com/Diatomaceous-Earth-Food-Grade-Powder

Go to this website and read and read about it...

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11557 · February 02, 2012 at 2:05 AM

I don't get why the diatomaceous earth would be particularly good after reading this article. Point (1) is the same old detox claims about magical attraction (plus, if the edges are sharp enough to kill fully grown parasites, do I want that in me?). Point (2), I don't think I want the mucosal lining of my digestion tract gone, do I? Point (3), I think I have enough silica from eating brazil nuts, if it's super sharp and hard, how do I absorb the silica from it? Maybe it was just the article that was confusing, but it didn't really sell me...

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10 · February 02, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Be careful with brazil nuts because they contain a lot of selenium -- good for you but not if you have too much. The other is fine and won't hurt you.

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