Over the weekend I had cheese, naan bread, rice and cheescake at a friends house for dinner. It was a curry night. It was my first lapse in what seems like a long time (few weeks since starting to eat Paleo). I woke up withe inflamed eczema and hive (moquito like) bumps everywhere (mainly on my tummy). They aren't bed bugs or mosquito bites either. How can I get rid of this quickly? I'm using Paw Paw Ointment at the moment...
When my skin flared up (before I went Paleo), I would use Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Oil, and Jojoba oil mixed together. I also used Oregano Oil if it was really bad. Or just pure Vitamin E oil (from Walgreens) Just make sure it's pure V-E, without the soybean blend.
Getting rid of it quickly will also mean going back to strict Paleo. Once I removed all dairy, wheat and soy from my diet my hives and eczema went away and hasn't returned. I had it bad on my ears and scalp.
Hope this helps~
Since starting paleo about five months ago I developed exczema. After a recent visit to a naturopath, looks like it's almonds that have been bothering me. http://paleothoughts.blogspot.com/2011/07/could-it-be-all-this-time-breakthrough.html
My son was born with asthma and eczema after going paleo both pretty much cleared up. When he eat eats junk food (he is 14 after all lol) or other foods we rarely if ever eat anymore he he will get flare ups. What I have found that works for him is coconut oil on the skin and taking about 15,000IU vit D for about 3-4 days and drinking kombucha (I make my own).
He is slowing realizing that 'the juice is not always worth the squeeze' but being a teenager he of course knows more than I do ;)
I had hives sometimes before going paleo, thought they were over and done with, but recently I had a minor outbreak on my scalp. I suspect French vanilla coffee.
Used to be, I strongly suspect dairy, but could never really pin it down.
I don't think topical remedies help at all, from my experience. It's all diet.
If you want to stop getting hives and eczema, you need to stop eating what is causing them. Primarily gluten/grains/dairy (especially cow)/nightshades/coffee and chocolate/nuts/high histamine foods. Also healing your guts will go a long way to preventing further outbreaks but that is a long-term prospect.
If you want heal a current outbreak - lots of water, vitamins A and D), sunlight, antihistamines (topical and/or pills) and SLEEP. Nothing heals my skin like getting a lot of sleep. But remember, you need to remove the irritants.
Try taking an epsom salt bath (30 minutes) and/or a hot shower for relief.
Something that's worked for me to heal the rash quickly is straight IODINE TINCTURE right on the rash at night before bed and COCONUT OIL or kukui nut oil on the rash in the AM after shower. Heals up twice as fast.
I have hives/ezcema as well (almost a year now). Steroid creams do not help it, since just having some weird creamy stuff there makes me aware of the hives, and it makes my skin feel dirty, then causes me to scratch the area.
I got allergy tested and since have been avoiding wheat, peanuts, tomato (!), and on my own--dairy (minus occasional full fage cream/yogurt, all other grains, fruit. But yeah I'd suggest avoiding nightshades (tomato, eggplant, also potato), and possibly taking out eggs too. There is some paleo autoimmune protocol which basically takes these two things out. I'm trying to avoid candida-promoting foods too, since candida overgrowth and hives/eczema seem often related (so no alcohol, vinegars--unless apple cider or coconut, fruit, honey). I also take a lot of fermented cod liver oil, about 1-3 tsp per day.
For topical, I'd suggest aloe vera juice/oil/gel (get like 99% kind), keep it in the fridge when you're not using it. When you put it on it's soothing and cool in addition to the aloe. I also drink the juice (2oz/day). I try not to put lotion on it. If it gets too dry, I put a -little- bit of Aveeno for Ezcema or Vanicream on. Also, try to get a showerhead that filters chlorine (I use Culligan, can be found on Amazon, not too $$). My skin used to itch all the time when I showered, but that has stopped. I only use the black soap with dead sea salts/mud in it, and a water/aloe based face wash.
Prescription Atarax also has helped me (like super strength benadryl), but I highly doubt it would be as effective without dietary/topical ointment changes.
I was also seeing a Chinese doctor for awhile, and he gave me dried herbs to brew that should help with itching. This helped too but it was a hassle to brew (special pot, i would wash the dusty herbs first, brew for several hours and stink up the house, and still tasted like the bitterest thing you've ever tasted that I'd get goosebumps drinking it).
I know everyone's eczema is different. There may be a link between vitamin D and certain types of eczema. Some people have had success with vitamin D supplementation in treating their eczema symptoms.
Adding omega 3 fatty acids to the diet can also help with eczema symptoms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3337461/Omega-3-can-help-eczema.html
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