Eczemas, asthma and hayfever
(possibly a cure or remedy)
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- Eczemas, asthma and hayfever
(possibly a cure or remedy)
I feel like I should share this information because it’s taken me a long time to figure this out, plus I haven’t found many places on the net that have this info up.
I suffered from dyshidrotic eczema growing up. It would flare up like crazy and weep. The doctors would always give me steroid ointments to get rid of it but it never actually did anything (just thinned out the skin on my hands).
I'm not sure how I came onto this information but I also suffered from asthma and hayfever as a kid (I've been told the three of these are connected).
Anyway, one day I got allergy tested (for asthma/hayfever) and was allergic to almost every grass, plant and tree. Olive tree popped up as a bad one and the nurse asked me if I'd ever experienced a sore throat from eating olives. I couldn't recall at the time and didn't connect to this until years later.
I somehow stumbled upon the information that wheat and dairy caused flareups of all these three things, so I started cutting wheat and milk out of diet (I still ate cheese). My hayfever and asthma practically disappeared. My eczema did too, however, I didn't notice because I'd stopped caring for it and had just accepted it as being there. I'd gotten into a good habit of not scratching at itch and if I never started scratching, it never got itchy.
I lived alone for a long time and so didn't really eat any wheat but occasionally ate dairy (chocolate, cheese and baked things with milk or cream). I did eat olives everyday though and use large amounts of virgin olive oil.
My hayfever returned and it was in full-blown attacks.
I then moved in with my girl-friend and my diet changed rapidly. I started eating a lot of wheat foods again, along with cheese, olives, cream etc.
The dydhidrosis returned over this time, becoming what it was in my childhood. My hands were red, blistered all over and would weep. Little bumps would appear and it would form around my fingernails (deforming them).
I started noticing the olive allergy around this time (because I was eating ridiculous amounts of them). My throat would swell and it felt the same as when a throat infection is coming on. In my past, I'd always put it down to this.
My hayfever was in violent sneezing fits. I say violent, because a sneeze would happen every 2-3 seconds. My eyes would water, my nose would run and I could barely breathe.
I made the connection to olives even more when we didn't have a supply around. The sore-throat disappeared and my hayfever died down a little (the sneezing was close to gone).
The dyshidrosis went away when I stopped eating all the wheat products.
It seems that after eating wheat, nothing happens immediately but after 2-3 days of eating it, little watery blisters appear around my hands or my skin becomes scaly around the fingers.
All dairy seemed to do was cause a thick buildup of mucous and this made hayfever/asthma worse. However, I’m lactose intolerant now but I think I’ve always been that way. On a day with high pollen count, if I wasn’t eating wheat or olives but still ate dairy, I’d still get hayfever but more the gluggy out of breath kind, with little symptoms other than that.
So the things I cut out of my diet were olive products, wheat and dairy products. I’ve also found that raspberries seem to give me a similar reaction to olives. Oranges can sometimes cause sneezing fits too (but when I eat oranges, I eat half a bag of them).
I had to cut out breads, cereals, beers and all the tasty comfortish foods, olive products and dairy. If I eat a little of these when I’m out sometimes, it’s not so bad, however, I can’t digest dairy at all and olives/oil will always give me a sore throat (I don’t mind putting up with this if the food was good).
The downside is that I get a small amount of dry skin still and the olive oil actually had gotten rid of that. I get a little cracked skin around my thumbs sometimes and get very dry, itchy shins. I stumbled upon Chinese medicine at some point and it mentioned that skin health and allergies are all due to the health of the liver.
According to Chinese medicine, anxiety/stress/worry can also be harmful to the liver and in turn the skin. Now, this is true at least, to me. I am a very anxious person and generally worry or get stressed out easily.
They also say that too many rich foods weaken the liver. For years I ate olives, pickles, mustard, cheeses and things of similar tastes. It isn’t until recently that I’ve noticed when my diet is full of these foods I become stressed or angry easily.
Now, I’m still figuring out the last part (paragraph above) but I’m sure diet plays a huge part in eczema, hayfever and asthma. It works for me, really, so the best you can do (if you suffer from these things) is try cutting out these foods from your diet for a week or so and note the results.
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