I have Eczema; a maddening, angry, relentless itch that tortures you while awake or asleep. Scratch until the skin is raw, the bumps converse and cluster together like gossiping anthill colonies flowering into erupting volcanoes of pus. The skin dries into bark-like craters, my puffed up hand looks like Freddy Krueger’s burned scar face, like a rough patch of boulders on Mars, edged with a fried egg frill of shining marmalade crystals, golden orange and red pain tears. I scrape off the scars, heart racing bleed, scab squeeze, press and absorb onto a tissue like a psychological ink-blot test. Recover from the medical horror, do it all again tomorrow, I feel like Prometheus with his forever wounds! What is eczema, this mysterious disease that has no cure? I think it’s definitely a man-made malady caused by pharmaceutical accident or intention. Making or keeping people sick equals endless profit, but actually curing people kills the pharmaceutical golden goose. They don’t want us healthy because it doesn’t benefit them.
The Cures that don’t work:
I’ve tried various steroidal prescriptions which were insanely expensive and ineffective, ($100 for a mini-travel-sized tube!) some initially worked but then made the rash much worse later. My advice is don’t use topical steroids, they’re addictive, research TSW—the rash will return a thousand worse after you stop applying the steroids.
Natural cures/products that help topically:
- apple cider vinegar (diluted)
- tea tree oil
- aloe vera
- coconut oil
It makes sense that both topical and internal methods are needed to completely detox, that’s the method I’m using to heal myself. Everyone will respond differently; eczema itself is very strange, (a product might help the eczema on your hands but not on your face), it’s an unpredictable and maddening disease.
The flare up I’m experiencing is the worst it’s ever been since I first got this condition. I have to change my entire diet again? the thought of that makes me feel depressed. I love all the foods that typically trigger eczema. ☹️
Foods to avoid:
- wheat/gluten (why is it in everything?!)
- deadly nightshades (eggplant, peppers, tomatoes)
- fried foods
- soy? (not sure about this one)
- seafood? (I get an instant reaction from eating especially shellfish but experts recommend eating fatty fish like salmon to heal eczema. I love salmon but am afraid of a rash forming. So confusing. 😫!
Everyone’s symptoms are different, so doing an elimination diet can help you to see what foods you’re sensitive to. I haven’t done this yet, it’s so hard for me to completely avoid all of these lovely foods!
Foods that probably help:
- Berries (especially blueberries)
- Bone broth (but I’m a vegetarian/technically a pescatarian! Just plug my nose and drink up) 😩!
- Apple Cider Vinegar (internally/externally)
- Coconut oil (internally/externally)
- Omega 3 oils from wild-caught: salmon, trout, anchovies, mackerel
Supplements that repair “leaky gut”
- Collagen peptides
- Omega 3 oils
- Aloe vera
Even doctors now admit that antibiotics are dangerously over-prescribed, I believe that many digestive diseases are caused by them, (leaky gut) autoimmune diseases are the end result.
For all of my early life I had a relatively healthy body. I had sinus allergies to pollen and dust but no food allergies. I had clear skin, thick long hair, bright white teeth; I could eat like a lumberjack (a vegetarian one) and never gain any significant weight thanks to my hyper-speed metabolism. I wasn’t ever the anorexic model-sized 0 skinny, but I was thin, strong and my body was resilient for most of my life until I hit middle age and motherhood.
My midwife (I still moderately hate her for this) had me on an antibiotic for my entire pregnancy to treat a UTI, (I could’ve cured it naturally with coconut oil!), but anyway the antibiotics gave me an ulcer, and the cure for the ulcer gave me various skin and digestive diseases which eventually caused this severe form of eczema. My son also had it when he was a toddler, I blame the vaccines and the antibiotics that he was exposed to in utero. I think eczema is the body signaling that it’s fighting a toxic overload.
All the stress soaks into me
I breathe it through my face sponge mask
I eat and drink to be
rebelliously merry and block it
But that only feeds it’s batteries
Diabetes’s predictively on its way-
Bad batch bacteria says hooray!
Then the army of lumpity bumpity,
clumps advance, dance forwards
as a dooming legion to end me!
Tiny rivers of meandering molehills
Miniature Vesuvio’s plastered ooze disaster
Cataclysmic body molded into sculpture
Reject the perfectly al dente semolina!
Reject the yummy fish tacos!
Reject the spicy coconut prawns!
Forever’s a cruel word
when it’s connected to NO!
Ouch the liquid booze seeps
like stop-motion Clearasil lava
Released from its wall of blistered skin
Nurse the scar that reforms
like a Terminator
“I’ll Be Back!” It grins
bent crooked monstrous edge
or crinkled polished smooth
flesh in distress
Friendly fire internal revolt
Hell hath no fury like eczema
medieval torture spa everyday
a fortune of crystallized tears.
Moral of this gorey story, if you have to take antibiotics (which are over-prescribed! there are natural cures that work just as well without side effects) take probiotics immediately after finishing the antibiotics or you will end up like me. At least I had a relatively healthy body for about the first 40 yrs, I am grateful for that, I can’t imagine having to battle this for an entire lifetime. Some people that suffer from this are pushed to the edge and contemplate suicide, the pain is so overwhelming that I intimately understand why they’d feel so desperate.
But I’m determined to not remain Big Pharma’s victim, I’m going to change my diet to reverse what western medicine/big pharma has done to my beautiful, miraculous body. I’m going to win my health back, stuff my guts with collagen supplements, bone broth (gag yuck!) until I’m healed of this medieval torture chamber cruelty! I’ll keep you posted.
Please note that I’m not a medical professional, my advice is based on my personal experience using health advice that I’ve researched. Essentially I’m a guinea pig victim of Big pharma but I’m fighter that’s been through a hellish childhood, fuck you eczema—I’ve survived much worse! Please consult a medical professional, don’t rely on my experience only.