Eczema and Extreme Food Allergies
Hi, I have been prone to eczema since I was an infant, and am now 52 years old. It's been several years since I've had a rash, but last October it happened again, and it's now February and I'm still dealing with it. I've read a lot about health and nutrition over the last decade or more, and am very ingredient conscious regarding both food and toiletries. I went back to being a vegetarian about 3 years ago, and became vegan about a month ago, and am very careful to get a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans and legumes, and my drinks of choice are spring water and green, black or oolong tea. I do have one cup of coffee in the morning because I like the taste. Since the eczema started again 4 months ago, I became more diligent in using flax oil or ground flaxseed, taking evening primrose oil capsules, drinking more water, and trying to get more sleep, although more sleep is challenging because of menopause. I went to an allergist and had a blood test and a skin test. The blood test was normal, but the skin test showed I'm allergic to all trees, grasses, weeds, mold, animal dander, dust mites and cockroaches, and showed reactions to most foods, including all nuts, grains, most vegetables and fruits. I did not react to coffee, chocolate, white potato, mushrooms, peaches or oranges. I still eat what I want of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, but even though they are healthy foods I'm not sure I should be eating them since they cause a reaction. I'm also worried about using natural skin care products based on plants if I'm allergic to plants. I'm at a loss as to how to live healthfully in this world. Any suggestions?
Thanks so much for your message. I am so sorry to hear of the difficulties you are experiencing with eczema and food allergies.
It has been my experience that allergies can change and get better, once the underlying cause is addressed. I know this can be difficult to discover.
Yes, at menopause all of our body systems go through a change, and there may be a hormonal imbalance also influencing your body's symptoms.
At this point since you have clear evidence of extensive food allergies, I recommend that you find a health professional that specializes in treating the root cause of allergies.
This could be an MD that specializes in a more holistic approach, a Naturopathic Physician, or an Acupuncturist. Many people have found acupuncture helpful in treating allergies and skin conditions.
I also recommend taking some quiet time and attuning to your body's inner wisdom. Asking for guidance about what is going on, and what your body needs, can sometimes produce a new sense of clarity or direction. I hope these thoughts can be helpful to you in your search.