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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

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics: a Natural Treatment for Allergies

Today we have a Q&A with Sam Del Vecchioof, acupunturist and a practitioner of Advanced Allergy Therapeutics at his clinic, Alternative Allergy Solutions. You can check out his full bio below. I’m really interested in Sam’s approach as it has some similarties to NAET treatment (which my son, Tristan had done a while ago – read about it here – and that I’m going through now as well), but is quite different, as you’ll read below. You know we love anything holistic, so I was thrilled to learn about this natural treatment for allergies!


ILW: What is Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?

Sam: Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, or AAT, is a clinically proven treatment that is highly effective in relieving the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. It’s a therapeutic approach that was developed from over 16 years of clinical research. AAT treatment does not rely on the use of medications, herbal remedies or supplements, and is both safe and painless. It works directly with the relationship between the major organ systems and inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. While the immune system is responsible for initiating an immune reaction in the case of true allergies, it is the health and state of the organ systems that often determines the type of symptoms that may arise. With both sensitivities and allergies, symptoms typically stem from the organ system affected. For example, one patient may have a reaction to soybeans by getting rashes while another patient may react with sinus congestion, heartburn, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms in each of these cases represent a different organ system involved. By treating the organ system(s) involved in a reaction, the body is able to respond more appropriately. Read more

4 Ways To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality & Breathe Easier

By Julian Cox (bio below)

There is a good chance the air you breathe in your home is abundant in harmful gases. These gases could be wreaking havoc on your respiratory system by further aggravating your or a loved one’s asthma and allergies.

These three gases can have a direct impact on your respiratory health if found in high concentrations indoors:

  • Formaldehyde – this study found a correlation between formladyhyde and childhood asthma.
  • Toluene & acetaldehyde – exposure to these two gasses is associated with a high rate of asthma according to this study.
  • Xylene – a VOC found in solvents.

How do these gases make their way into your home? They are found in building materials, cleaning products, carpeting, cosmetics, paints, synthetic fragrances, cigarette smoke, waxed paper, and pressed wood products. Read more

Why Natural Fibers are Essential for Eczema Clothing

By Gabriella Diesendorf (with editing by Jennifer Roberge)

Natural fabrics are composed of fibers made by plants and animals. Some natural fabrics include cotton, linen, hemp, cashmere, silk and wool. When you wear clothes made of natural fabric, you just feel good because you’re wearing fibers that are breathable, lightweight and biodegradable. On top of that, natural fabrics absorb perspiration, making them breathable, and less likely to cause irritation and trigger an eczema flare.

Here are some specific benefits of natural fibers that will interest anyone with eczema:

  • Cotton and bamboo are the most breathable and are best for moisture wicking.
  • Hemp oil has natural antimicrobial properties, as seen in this study, so in theory minimally processed hemp fabric would retain these properties.

Read more

How to Use Castor Oil for Eczema Relief

By Dr. Amy Duong

Today, I want to explain the benefits and use of castor oil packs as an eczema treatment.  First, a little bit about what makes castor oil so special. Castor oil is made from the plant Ricinus communis (castor bean) and has been used historically for many reasons – most commonly internally as a laxative and externally for pain and inflammation.  The active component in castor oil is considered to be ricinoleic acid and has been proven to reduce inflammation and exhibit analgesic (pain-relieving) effects in studies like this one.

As a naturopathic doctor specializing in skin conditions, such as eczema, there are a couple of organs in the body that are key players that I focus my attention towards, which I have outlined below: Read more

What Parents Need to Know About Raising A Child With Food Allergies: A Teen’s Perspective

By Bailey Francis (bio below)

Having anaphylactic allergies isn’t easy for anyone. Reading food labels, avoiding your allergen, and having to take major precaution every time you eat something are huge responsibilities no matter what how old you are. However, when a child is diagnosed with anaphylaxis at a young age, like I was, many of these responsibilities fall into the hands of the parents. This is often difficult and can cause adults to have to make huge dietary adjustments based on their child’s diagnosis. Figuring out how to handle my anaphylactic allergies was a learning experience both for me and my parents and although we did a lot of things correctly, there are areas which could have been improved upon. Read more

Enter our Photo Contest!

We have big news! We are secretly working on creating a music video for kids with eczema and we’re collaborating with none other than the totally awesome Kyle Dine! How cool is that?!! I promise the quality will be MUCH better than our Stuff Eczema Mamas Say video attempt we made back in the early days. I can’t divulge much more just yet, but we hope to debut the video right here this summer. So, stay tuned….and get excited!

Now, here’s how your children can be a part of the video. We are going to feature a photo montage at the end of the video featuring amazing, fun, strong children who happen to have eczema, but that don’t let it define them. So, we’re hosting a photo contest! We will select our favorites to be featured in the video.

AND the photo with the most votes wins $100 to The Eczema Company!!!!

So, find your most adorable photos of your babies and children, maybe in some ScratchMeNots or wet wraps or other eczema clothing, and submit them to us and then ask your friends and family to vote for your entry!

Hurry because the contest ends on Sunday, June 14, 2015!

I cannot wait to see these photos of all your beautiful children!

Good luck to everyone!

Enter Here


The Eczema Company Photo Contest


Official Rules:

  • Open worldwide.
  • Entry submission and Voting ends June 14, 2015.
  • Only photos of children with visual eczema under the age of 18 will be accepted as an entry. All others will be disqualified from the contest.
  • There is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.
  • An individual may only vote once per day.
  • Photos may be removed from the contest by our team if they are deemed inappropriate in any way.
  • By submitting a photo of your child, you authorize us to use the photo in our new music video.
  • 1 (one) winning photograph will be designated as the winner.The photo with the most votes will be designated as the winner once the contest ends. $100 in online store credit at The Eczema Company will be awarded to the individual who submitted the winning photograph. Winner will be contacted within 5 (five) business days after contest ends.

Healing with Autoimmune Paleo

Did you know that eczema was recently discovered to be an immune disorder by researches at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai? The National Eczema Association explains the study in great detail here.  In the study, researchers found that the drug Dupilumab, a monoclonal antibody treatment that blocks the action of two key signaling proteins, interleukin (IL)-4 and -13, was able to reverse the skin disease in patients on a molecular level. Pretty cool, right? Well, what if it were possible to use food to stop eczema as well? Wouldn’t that be amazing?

The Paleo diet has been shown to decrease overall inflammation in the body and it also provides the foundation for a healthy digestive system, which we know is important through studies like this one regarding the benefit of consuming probiotics in those with atopic dermatitis and in preventing AD in studies like this. But sometimes the body still needs an extra push, so when the Paleo diet is not enough, it may be worthwhile to consider stepping up to Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), which is a modified version of the Paleo diet designed to stop immune disorders and send them into remission.

Like with all diets, it’s best to work with a physician or holistic nutritionist to ensure all essential nutrients are met, but this is especially important when transitioning a child or nursing mother to the Autoimmune Paleo diet.

Is Autoimmune Paleo THE answer to ending eczema? No, we know there is never one answer for everyone’s eczema, but AIP is definitely worth considering as it has been working really well for many. And the results haven’t only been for those with eczema, but also for those with asthma, food allergies, food sensitivities, and more.

So, if you’re curious about AIP, then you’ll be very interested in this….

AIP Cookbooks and Meal Plans - Rectangle


Sarah Ballantyne, aka The Paleo Mom, and the creator of Autoimmune Paleo, has put together this bundle of Autoimmune Paleo e-books. It’s all of the resources you need to get started on your healing journey! Some of the highlights include: The Paleo Approach Quick-Start Guide, which contains the basics of the autoimmune protocol and over 80 AIP recipes to get you started. And The Paleo Approach Quick-Start Guide to Reintroducing Foods contains the details of how to safely reintroduce foods after the elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol with over a dozen delicious recipes for phase 1 reintroductions. Another great read is The Best of AIP Cookbook, which contains over 160 recipes that truly are the best of the best of the autoimmune protocol! Plus there are e-books on stress, a huge factor for eczema, as we all know. And there is much more to check out!

What’s included?

40+ Autoimmune Resources ($500+ Value) + Tons of Coupons for only $39!

(And you’ll find a coupon from The Eczema Company inside!)

Download Now

Hurry—this bundle will only be available until May 25, 2015!

This offer has expired. If you’re interested in learning more about Autoimmune Paleo, check out this book by founder Sarah Ballantyne.


Food Allergies and Breastfeeding 101

Hello, Itchy Little World readers! I’m Betty from Betty & Baby, and I’m so happy to be joining you today! As a momma who’s still nursin’ a 15 month old with multiple food allergies, I know how difficult it is to start an elimination diet, let alone keep it going successfully…all without hitting a food rut. We’re going to share our story and talk elimination diets for those who are nursing or pregnant with a second child with a family allergy history.

Quick recap on our past 8 months

Baby J was only 7 months old when he had anaphylaxis to egg. I was alone. I was terrified. I was a wreck. But, thankfully I reacted quickly and stuck to my guns with the medics and docs. In a nutshell (no pun intended), after having a series of blood and skin tests done, it turned out that J was allergic to several nuts, eggs, and soy, with a sensitivity to wheat. What?! I had of course been eating all of those things, which to me had explained much of his eczema, dry skin, and terrible spit up phase. The icing on the cake? Not only were these foods to blame, but so were our two family pets. J had apparently had one of the most severe cat allergies the doc had ever seen. With no family history of allergy on my or hubbs’ side, this was a shock and the last thing we expected to learn about our healthy baby boy. I immediately cut out all of the offenders, yet felt deprived, weak, and extremely limited by my new diet. Read more


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