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Our Eczema Trials: Safe Laundry Detergent Alternatives

In our family, we do a LOT of laundry. I’m sure you feel the same and that it’s just never-ending. Even though laundry was part of my daily routine, when my son developed eczema, I never considered the fact that his skin condition could somehow be related to our laundry routine. After my son was diagnosed with eczema I researched the condition endlessly, as I’m sure you did as well, but I kept coming across something time and time again. Laundry detergent.

Are laundry detergents an eczema trigger?

The first thing I found is that some people can actually be allergic or sensitive to ingredients in laundry detergents, so in these cases the detergent can be an eczema trigger. Read more

Top Tips for Traveling With Food Allergies & Eczema

By Emily Lucas (bio below)

What are your favorite memories from family vacations? Building sand castles on the beach? Skidding down the fastest slide at the water park? Laughing at your mum’s ridiculously floppy sun hat? Getting your hair braided? Posing for a caricaturist?

Vacations are to be treasured, enjoyed, and reminisced. But they are also sometimes cause for great stress and worry! Heart pounding from adrenaline. The weight of the world on my shoulders. Surely life’s most responsible job. I was 10 years old and I was given the task of helping the airport staff lift our suitcases onto the conveyor belt and watch them roll away. Feeling as if it was down to me and me alone for the safe arrival of our bags. I can still remember the relief when they appeared on the other side at Majorca’s airport. Read more

Are Antibiotics Contributing to the Rise in Food Allergies?

Do you or someone in your family have food allergies? Then this study will interest you. Scientists discovered that by altering the gut bacteria of mice with anti-biotics they could confer peanut allergy in the mice. Then they re-colonized the mice’s guts with a common mammal gut bacteria and reversed the peanut allergy. All by changing the bacteria in their guts! You can see the study here.

The type and quantity of bacteria in our gut have an integral role in our health. Called our microbiome, it has a place in digestion, immune function and now it looks like food allergies. Read more

My Experience With Hydrotherapy: an Atopic Dermatitis Treatment

One day, while scouring through social media feeds, I came across an intriguing tweet about a new home spa being marketed as a treatment for dermatitis called MicroSilk® by Jason Hydrotherapy. I have heard wonderful things about hydrotherapy as an eczema treatment, especially regarding the Avene Hydrotherapy Center in France, but let’s be serious here, France isn’t exactly accessible for most people. Yes, surely the Hydrotherapy Center is wonderful and can provide great relief for eczema, but the treatment is likely a one time thing. Not many of us can afford to hop a jet and fly over for treatment when our next flare up happens. But hydrotherapy in our own home, now that’s interesting.

What is MicroSilk®?

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Some Days I Feel Like…”I Just Can’t!”

Oh man. Today is one of those days. I feel like such a failure in regards to my son’s health. Just when I thought things were under control – the allergies, intolerances, asthma, eczema (on top of the attitude and aggression that comes with being a six-year-old boy) – now we have something new to add to our every growing list of issues to manage…dental health.

Tristan, now at six years old, walked away from a dental appointment today with eight cavities. EIGHT!!! Yes, you heard that right. EIGHT!!! Ugh. How did this happen? Read more

One Family’s Search For A Peanut Allergy Cure

Written by Robyn Charron (bio below)

At 6 months old, after 3 months of constantly pushing our pediatrician for answers as to why our infant son, Rory was covered in eczema and contact rashes, a food allergy blood test revealed that he had a deadly peanut allergy.  Ten months later a skin test showed a dozen more allergies, several of them very serious and possibly anaphylactic.  We began carrying an EpiPen Jr. everywhere we went and made sure to tell friends, family, waiters and preschool staff about his peanut and tree nut allergies.  It wasn’t until Rory was 3 ½ years old that I slipped up—  I allowed him to eat a cookie without reading the ingredients on the box – not only did the cookie contain a tree nut, but it was manufactured on shared equipment with another product containing peanuts.  Within 40 minutes my son was in full-blown anaphylaxis:  coughing, gagging, swollen eyes and hives.  We were in a panic, but the EpiPen Jr. saved his life.  Rory was taken to the ER by ambulance and discharged in the morning.  17 hours after the first episode, he relapsed when the epinephrine wore off.  That time the allergy symptoms were different:  confusion, euphoria, speaking nonsense, swollen tongue.  His school director recognized the signs and was quick to use epinephrine again and he was admitted overnight to the Children’s Hospital. Read more

Is This The Future & The End of Food Allergies In Children?

By Sabra Way

Imagine this. Three children ages 9-16 with such severe food allergies that one could not go to school, routine activities were curtailed and travelling was out of the question. All three children had experienced frequent anaphylactic reactions and their food allergy included inhaled and skin contact allergic reactions.  In a 2 year period, the children had between 30 and 400 allergic reactions with multiple epinephrine administrations and ER visits. Despite avoiding their food allergen, they continued to have reactions. In all cases, their food allergy was ruling their life, some could not attend school or participate in sports and doctors and allergists said there was nothing more to be done. Read more

Important Resources For Adult Eczema

In general I find most the information about eczema out there is geared towards children, so today I wanted to focus on adult eczema. The following is a list of products and resources for providing relief for eczema or atopic dermatitis in adults. Read more

8 Ways to Relieve Stress in Children With Eczema and Other Health Conditions

Eczema and Stress Go Hand-in-Hand

We know that stress is a very common eczema trigger and we also know that having eczema causes a lot of stress. So, it’s fair to say that eczema and stress go hand-in- hand. The question is, how can you relieve stress in children with eczema or any other health condition? Here are a few ideas to try in order to find the best stress reliving techniques for your children.

 

1. Yoga

It’s not only healthy for the mind, body and spirit, but its super fun for kids. My children love their YogaKids DVD, but there are a lot of other options out there to try. One really VERY silly option is Laughter Yoga – this is a cute video that explains what it is and provides a few examples. I’m going to be trying this one out with my kids today after school today. Yoga can work wonders on stress induced eczema for children and adults. Read more

Gluten-Free For Eczema, Asthma and All Around Good Health

This is a guest post courtesy of Mitchell Medical Group.

Gluten-free food has always existed, and so have gluten allergies. But it hasn’t been until somewhat recently that people have decided to cut gluten completely out of their diet for weight-loss reasons, or simply because they just want to jump aboard the new gluten-free fad.

In fact, gluten-free eating has become so popular, some people may have forgotten that there actually is a largely positive effect of switching over to a gluten-free diet besides losing weight.

According to Dr. Dean Mitchell, an allergy expert, eating gluten can cause what is referred to as “gluten brain.” Your brain health deteriorates as a result of consuming too much gluten – mainly because today’s wheat is highly processed – which can cause overall fogginess, memory loss, and a lack of energy. Read more

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