I went on paleo to cure some nasty eczema on the inside of my arms, my wrists, my face, my neck and shoulders, the backs of my knees, and my ankles. I've been strictly on it for almost a week. My eczema hasn't gotten any worse - but it's only gotten a little bit better.
For those of you who went paleo with eczema specifically in mind, how long until you saw results? Did you cut anything paleo out, like nightshades (tomatos) or citrus (oranges, lemons & limes)? Did you supplement with anything (I'm doing fishoil and vit D)?
Am I hoping for a cure prematurely, or do the effects take a few weeks to kick in?
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For my son, it was the gluten and that is common. We didn't see a difference for at least 2-4 weeks. Although, vie read up to 8 weeks. Keep at it because it is SO worth it!
Can't comment on excema, but I can report that my VERY bad rosacia was gone entirely in about 6 weeks.
I dropped all nightshades when I went Paleo because I had heard that they can exacerbate both skin conditions and arthritis (which I have).
Your body needs ~3 weeks to build up new enzymes, don't expect results related to this before at least 3-4 weeks have passed. For some, it has taken up to six months.
I know everyone's eczema is different. There may be a link between vitamin D and certain types of eczema. Some people have had success with vitamin D supplementation in treating their eczema symptoms.
Adding omega 3 fatty acids to the diet can also help with eczema symptoms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3337461/Omega-3-can-help-eczema.html
My eczema actually returned a couple of months after going paleo (I'd been eczema free for a few years) and cheated whilst visiting family. I've narrowed it down to dairy (through experimentation) so it was an easy fix, although it did take a couple of weeks to clear up again.
Mine has actually gotten a bit worse. On my face it's a little better (Though I still have to use a steroid like cream on my face every night) but I've been getting flareups on my chest and back. I haven't had flare ups in those areas for years so I don't know what's going on. I've read that eggs and dairy can really cause some inflammation, and while I've eliminated milk from my diet I have upped my egg intake and butter/cream usage significantly.What I find frustrating is that my omega 3-6 ratio is probably closer to 1:1 or 2:1 nowadays but I still am suffering from eczema. It has only been two weeks so I'm going to reserve judgement for two or three months. If nothing changes or if it gets worse then I'll have to experiment by taking out cream and butter and eggs from my diet altogether. Which will be TOUGH IMO, heavy cream is where I get the majority of my fats and melted butter is what makes broccoli and brussel sprouts edible to me.
Has anyone here tried fasting? I have had medium-level eczema (full body) for many years and tried a lot of different diets (some highly restrictive) without result. But by chance (I had a tummy bug) I discovered recently that 1 or 2 days of fasting eliminates 80% of my eczema and the effect keeps getting better with time. I repeated this again later when I was well, with the same result. I was actually hoping someone on this forum might know what this means... I don't have food allergies - these have been extensively tested (as well as intolerances) and various highly restrictive diets have never helped.
any chance of an update on this cavemanbob? did you find out what was causing the eczema... I'm interested in finding out info on this for my sister; it seems dairy / nightshades can be linked to it among other things
I still suffer with skin problems, sadly. I follow a strict paleo diet with no fruit or nuts, and I have eliminated eggs for quite some time with no positive results. The only food group I haven't eliminated has been the nightshades, but when I don't consume nightshades I never consume enough potassium and as an athlete I need my potassium hahha.
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It seems that my son (2,5y) reacts very good to avoiding grains, not only by significant reduction in eczema, but also in behaviour changes, less nightly sweating and flatter stomach. Unfortunately it is very hard to avoid grains 100%, but let us say that's part of the experiment.
Our experience is that it just took a few weeks to see improvement. My son's eczema was not that bad, and was eating lacto-paleo for a longer time. Only in the daycare he still ate some bread and pasta.
Keep your progress updated, that would be interesting!