and his wife Jalene
Dermatitis is simply the medical term for eczema or "skin inflammation." Eczema is the body's way of manifesting on the outside that it is allergic to something on the inside. Eczema can show up just about anywhere on the body and affect a variety of ages, especially children (even as young as a couple of months old!)
There are MANY different kinds of dermatitis that stem from different allergens. One known commonly to Celiacs is "Dermatitis Herpetiformis." It appears as a result of gastrointestinal distress caused by eating wheat.
Among some of the causes of Dermatitis can be:
- Wheat (as mentioned above)
- Food dyes
Often, eczema is mistreated! Topical creams are prescribed which only address the SYMPTOM rather than the real PROBLEM. It's important to get down to the real issue. What is CAUSING the eczema? For example, when you apply a cream to sooth eczema, it may help the outward appearance of your skin but your body will still continue to be allergic to the cause of the eczema because the real issue has not been dealt with. A food allergy does not go away with a cream.
When Audrey was only a couple of months old she developed eczema on her stomach, legs, and arms. This was her body's way of telling us there was distress, or in other words, an allergic reaction to something she was eating. Because she was 100% nursing at the time, it was actually something I WAS EATING! As soon as I stopped eating dairy, her eczema went away! It was as simple as that.
Our body communicates with us it's needs and if we can learn to recognize the warning signs, we can heal the issue where the problem originates.
So what can you do to discover what is causing eczema? My husband, Dr. Nielsen, suggests the BEST way at home is a food elimination diet. This means starting with an allergen, such as the ones listed above, and COMPLETELY removing those items from your diet for a period of at least 21 days (but ideally up to 90 days). The term COMPLETELY means reading labels, asking for ingredients at restaurants, etc so that not even a trace amount is taken in the body. Then you can slowly reintroduce one item back into your diet at a time. For example, you can eat a serving of cheese for 3 consecutive days, then go back off of it for 3 consecutive days and monitor your symptoms, reactions and overall feelings. NOTE: If you notice distress while reintroducing an item, do not continue to eat it.
After you have determined which foods are safe to eat you can begin combining foods. Be aware, some foods when eating alone, do not cause distress to the body but when they are combined, they can cause an allergic reaction. It would be best to consult your doctor.
A quicker detection would be to get a Zyto Allergy Scan from a qualified physician. This would give you a great starting point in which foods to avoid without the guess work. To locate a Zyto doctor near you visit: http://www.zyto.com/contact.html If you are in the South Salt Lake Area in Utah call (801) 766-6580 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon Nielsen.
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