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Adverse Food Reactions Explained: Symptoms of Food Allergy vs. Sensitivity vs. Intolerance

By Megan Pennington (bio below)

These days it seems everyone has experienced some kind of reaction to food. Whether it manifests as a simple bout of indigestion, or a chronic condition like eczema, we now know that food reactions play a major role in inflammation and related disease.

What are the different types of adverse food reactions?

Let’s say your child has a rash or constant runny nose, and you wonder if maybe its food related. Dairy, gluten, grains, sugar?? What’s really going on here? All food reactions can basically be divided into 3 main categories: Read more

Simplify Your Skin Care: Why You Should Try Tallow & Pine Tar

By Darlene Forshee (bio below)

My journey into making my own products started about 10 years ago. My skin started breaking out in rashes, I was developing more and more allergies, my asthma was getting worse and I didn’t know why.  My partner also had severe skin reactions all over her body and it got to the point where the skin on her hands was so inflamed, they were weeping and her skin started bubbling and shedding.  It was terribly painful for her and she had very limited mobility of her hands.  We went to numerous dermatologists and doctors and the majority of them said that they’ve never seen anything like it. They didn’t know what it was and one dermatologist even told us she had scarlet fever.  The pain eventually became so excruciating that I had to take her to the E.R. where they still couldn’t tell us what was happening, but gave her a large dose of steroids and sent us home. This endless cycle of doctors having no clue as to what was happening was driving us insane.  It’s at that point that I started researching environmental toxins, as well as food allergies, and realized that not only did we create our own health problems, but that we could heal ourselves as well.

And we did.

After many different trials and errors, my research directed me to the benefits of using tallow. Read more

Dispelling the Myths About Peanut Allergies

By Lisa Green (bio below)

Being diagnosed with a peanut allergy can sometimes feel like a heavy burden, particularly to a parent of a child who loves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or any food that has that nutty taste. Parents immediately feel the need to protect their children from anything associated with nuts becoming a food police officer at snack time to ensure that not a single trace of the food appears in his or her child’s hand.

It is because of this attitude that there are often many misconceptions about peanut allergy and what it entails. Knowing the peanut allergy facts can help clarify what it means to be allergic and what needs to be eliminated from a diet to ensure optimal health. If you or your child has a peanut allergy, we urge you to speak with your allergists about safety measures for your particular case. Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About A Shea Butter Allergy

By Dr. Ulrike Ziegner (Bio Below)

Potential food allergens lurk in sometimes unexpected places, as any seasoned food allergy patient can tell you. If you’re one of those patients, and you’ve been diagnosed with a tree nut allergy, you may have noticed tree nut ingredients in a non-food source: beauty products. Shea butter is one such ingredient, found not only in many confectionery food items, but in cosmetic and skin care products as well. Many patients with tree nut allergies question whether products containing shea butter are safe to use and wonder if they could have a shea butter allergy. So, let’s find out if one can be allergic to shea butter. Read more

Homeopathy for Eczema by Loma Lux – Heals From The Inside Out

The Eczema Company is proud to now offer homeopathy for eczema! We’ve interviewed Loma Lux so they can tell you all about their homeopathic pill and how it works.

ILW: A homeopathic remedy for eczema in pill form? Sounds interesting, what is it and how does it work?

Loma Lux: Yes, we make a tiny little pill that dissolves under the tongue, like all homeopathic granules. This one is formulated just for eczema and we call it the Eczema Pill. Unlike topical products which treat the surface of the skin, this homeopathic remedy for eczema works differently, attacking eczema at the source, by stimulating the body’s own recovery response. Used regularly, our homeopathic remedy for eczema helps prevent flare ups from occurring and can lead to clearer, healthy, itch-free skin day after day. Read more

Acupressure for Eczema: A Home Remedy for Itchy Skin

By Dr. Amy Duong (bio below)

As a part of my clinical practice, I use acupuncture to treat acute and chronic medical conditions.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, qi or energy flows in networks or channels, similar to our blood flowing in blood vessels.  Health may be defined as an abundant and free flow of qi in the body.  Practitioners of acupuncture use needles to unblock these meridians throughout the body.  With acupressure on the other hand, needles are not required. Pressure can be applied with finger pads to certain points and can similarly help contribute to the body’s ability to adjust the imbalances in qi flow.

My personal journey with eczema and as a practitioner of acupuncture, I’ve developed an insight on the use of acupuncture and acupressure for eczema – specifically for relieving the itch.  I remember as a young girl, my eczema usually flared at the insides of my elbows and behind my knees.  I would itch these areas and cause open lesions of red, flaky skin. During my studies, I found that these two areas are most commonly affected by inflammatory skin conditions because they perform two important functions: release heat and relieve itching.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine they have two points, related to these parts of the body, that can be targeted specifically for the treatment of eczema and other skin conditions that express themselves as internal heat with the red lesions and the persistent itching. Read more

What Is The Atopic March?

By Dr. Peter Lio (bio below)

The concept of the “Atopic March” is compelling: seeing children who start with atopic dermatitis (eczema), then develop asthma, and finally develop allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is a fairly common pattern. Some have discussed that increased gut permeability (“leaky gut“) with or without actual food allergies or intolerances may come even before the eczema, and there are some studies that support this idea. Many ideas have been suggested for this progression, from maturation of the immune system to environmental factors, but it has largely remained an observation without much understanding. Read more

6 Steps to Improve The Confidence Of Children With Eczema

By Aradhana Pandey (Bio below)

Preparing your little one for school ought to be one of the proudest moments of your life. It seems like just yesterday that you held them in your warm embrace for the first time. Today, you see them all grown up and set to face a brand new chapter in their life. Until now, your child mostly spent their time playing with you or a few friends that they made at a park down the road. School will expose them to many other kids who may not quite be like them. It’s only now that your child will begin to notice that not everyone has eczema and not all are troubled by the constant itching. As the other kids start to point it out, your child may lose confidence and go into their shell. Ensure you are aware of the possibilities which may arise, and take necessary precautions and action to keep your child from losing their morale. Here are 6 simple steps that can help improve the confidence of children with eczema. Read more

Are you Allergic to your wedding ring?

Over the past few years I’ve noticed the skin around my ring finger can get especially dry and flaky in the winter. But I do also get dry between my other fingers, although not as bad, so I never really took much notice. I’d apply some cream and call it a day. But then, just the other day I realized I had a rash from my wedding ring! The skin was red, a little bumpy and extremely itchy just around where my wedding ring sits. The skin on my other fingers was not affected on either hand.

Could I be allergic to my wedding ring?! GASP!

I did what anyone would do in this type of situation and I googled it. And to my shock, pages after pages of information appeared with others experiencing this exact same thing – wedding ring rash. Read more

Three Lessons Learned from the History of Food Allergies

By Dr. Matthew Smith (bio below)

In 1933, the story of Marie, an allergic walrus, was published in the Journal of the Medical Veterinary Association.  Marie had been brought to a California zoo as a young pup and, lacking walrus breast-milk, her keepers fed her condensed cow’s milk instead.  Marie reacted badly, suffering from asthma, eczema, conjunctivitis, hair loss and “gastric distress.”  The symptoms continued until her teeth came in, allowing her to eat crustaceans and other suitable food, and soon she became a beloved zoo performer.

Marie’s story is a fascinating example how, by the early 1930s, even veterinarians were aware of the role food could play in triggering allergic symptoms.  This should not be terribly surprising.  Long before the term allergy was coined in 1906 by Austrian pediatrician, Clemens von Pirquet (1875-1929), physicians recognized that food could cause strange reactions in their patients.  None other than Hippocrates wrote 2,500 years ago that while cheese was an excellent food for most, others, when they ate it, “came off badly.” Read more

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