About 6 months ago, I decided to try the anti-candida diet after being paleo for 8 months. I heard it was normal to suffer from the die-off symptoms, and that it would go away. The dizziness subsided, so I thought it was true. It was going well until about 11 days in, when I started getting a rash on my stomache. It got worse after a couple of days where I had a huge rash formed into an "m" on my abdomen and what looked like bad acne all over my back. What's weird is my really bad face acne I had prior cleared up. My family told me I really needed to see a doctor, but I kept assuring them it's just die-off. It got so bad that I couldn't sleep, and I went to see my doctor who thought it was shingles and made an appointment with a dermatologist. The dermatologist took a look and told me it was contact dermatitis (eczema), told me to not wear my brand new undergarments, and gave me a prescription for a steroid cream and prednisone tablets for two weeks. The dermatologist said it's impossible for a reaction to occur because of taking out a certain food out of my diet. So, there is no link with going on the anti-candida diet (eating basically no sugar int the form of fruit) and getting my eczema is what I was told. Much of the eczema went down, but it never completely disappeared. Spots even appeared on my chest that weren't there before. The eczema would calm down a bit and come back again. I never went back, because I feel like the doctors are missing something. I got rid of my undergarments. I'm already doing paleo. I went back to eating fruit. I've never ever suffered with eczema before. I don't know why I got it so suddenly and why I still have it. I still have a rash above my stomache. It calms down and gets worse. (Fluctuates) It's more frustrating than ever.
I'm sorry this is so long. My question is: Has anyone gotten eczema AFTER going on paleo or the anti-candida diet? If so, is it normal?
(2/11/13) EDIT: So, I cut out eggs 2 weeks ago and I haven't had any problems with my eczema. It's completely gone. I did read eggs can be a cause of eczema, but I never thought it would be for me. I have eaten eggs my whole life, so why now? Realistically, I don't even know if it IS the eggs. All I know is I thought, "what the heck?" And I decided to give up eggs for a while to see if anything changed. Within a few days, my eczema was clear. So, I'm going to go with what I noticed and just avoid eggs for now. Hahaha.. and my family thought it was the almonds. Thank you all for your input! It did help me rethink and back-track. My theory is when I went on the anti-candida diet for 19 days, my body was in sudden distress and just became much more sensitive to what I was eating (eggs). I don't even know if this is possible or makes sense. I'm just really happy! Thanks again!
(2/19/13) It's back with a vengeance! I haven't even eaten any eggs. :( Back to square one.