I have spent years looking at this site and I finally need to ask for some practical advice. I've tried every diet I feel. I thought my eczema was candida, food allergies (sensitivity to milk, cut out gluten and it did nothing), mercury poisoning from Amalgam which I still have, reaction to birth control pills, bad diet. I've tried to correct all of these things and really stuck with them for months and saw very little change.
I did a major lifestyle change at 23, with supplements and good eating went vegan and after a while forgot I even had eczema (just dry skin, easily remedied with natural lotions), then I had a medical procedure at 25 where I went under on anesthesia and had a drip antibiotic. After I went on birth control again. I was in an old house with a wooden room that smelled musty and BAM it was back. I had started eating regular food again, had moved from the US to France and probably wasn't keeping up with my diet due to a lot of traveling for that year. I have had eczema since I was a baby, patches, rashes. I was even tutored at home one year in high school because I could not handle the mold in the heating system. I have always had problems with allergies as well, was always sick and on Antibiotics . I spent more time on pharmaceuticals than not growing up, but have stopped for several years now, and have tried to have a clean lifestyle. Anyway, I've had migrating eczema, every year it would come back in a different place, but last summer it was different, I was COVERED. Head to toe scratching, crying, ripping my skin open. Every night (still) I sleep with socks on my hands to avoid night scratching.
I have worn fake acrylic nails for 6 months because they dont break the skin as much, I have spent thousands of euros on LUSH product, natural oils, supplements, candida cures, spirulina, organic foods, non chemical cleaners and beauty products. I stopped wearing makeup, stopped drinking beer, white wine, soda, and eating refined Sugar and nothing from cow's milk. I've tried every diet possible, short of starving myself.
All of this and I still scratch constantly, can't be intimate with my boyfriend (and it's killing our relationship because it's been a year and thats one half of the time we've been together) because my skin hurts and I'm itchy and dry constantly.
We are currently in the process of moving because the bathroom at our apartment is full of mold and humidity (and I try cleaning and drying and it is impossible to get dry/ mold free!). For the past year I bathed in that bathroom and broke out in hives with every shower and bath. Our room was directly next to the bathroom so for the last couple weeks we've been sleeping on the futon. I commute to his parents house where I sleep and bathe, but I still must sleep at our apartment because I cannot get public transportation nights when I work (I am a bartender) and my apartment is around the corner. At 3 in the morning a 20euro cab is not an option for me. I have noticed improvement while not there for several days, but when I'm back I have problems with my asthma/allergies/skin again.
My hair started falling out in clumps and I have quite bad sebhoreaic? dermatitis it seems. And my gums pour blood (it's a horrorshow) when I brush my teeth. I have just done ACV soak and baking soda shampoo so I will see how that fares. I am moving to a place with no bathtub, but for the time being I may be able to ask my boyfriends parents if I can have a bath a week at their place. They have already done so much and the bath is in their bathroom and I hate to impose myself anymore, I'm already living in their apartment!
Anyway, sorry for the book, I'm sure there's stuff I left out but what I really want to know is if anyone has experienced something similar and gotten relief. I'm willing to try anything, and try stuff I've tried before, except acupuncture/chinese herbs, I don't think they work for me as I did it for 6 months and saw no improvement, and I just want my life back! I'm an itchy mess, at work, on the bus, in public. I'm red flack and it's embarrassing and uncomfortable and I'm at the end of my rope. I feel as though I'm on the verge of losing my boyfriend as well because people can only take so much....
I have a very open mind. Thank you in advance to anyone who took the time to read my story and can possibly offer any advice.