Ok my husband and I are stumped. He eats Whole 30, no cheats,ect ALL THE TIME. He doesn't do any dairy. Takes FCLO, probiotics,eats fermented foods, drinks kombucha, coconut oil. Every time allergy season and the heat comes he develops a rash. Especially on his stomach and back. Its hard to tell what color it is as my husband is spanish so what might be red bumps shows up purple/black on his skin. He is on an all natural allergy formula, takes raw honey and pollen and uses the neti pot for his allergies. We have tried using coconut oil, melaluca and lavender on the rash and none of it makes a difference. Any ideas on how to get rid of it? He is extremely itchy. Could it be something besides heat rash?
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on April 03, 2012
at 03:14 PM
If it shows up during "allergy season", I'd hazard that you may be looking at atopic dermatitis, which is an allergic rash. Unfortunately, even with an immaculate diet, dermatitis doesn't usually respond. You can slow down recurrences, but IME, they never completely go away.
If he is the only one with the bites, it's unlikely to be insect-related (sometimes, spring brings fleas, mites, or other biting insects -- but usually everyone sharing the space is bothered by those)
Having lived with dermatitis (eczema) my entire life, in addition to other issues related to an erratic immune system, here are some things I recommend:
Natural cotton clothing, without dyes and washed with soap-nuts or other non-residue detergent, NO fabric softener, and NO fragrances minimize the skin irritation when I have a breakout.
Avoiding things to which I'm normally -mildly- sensitive during an outbreak seems to reduce the duration of the outbreak. Normal elimination diets didn't do much for me -- the flares still happened, unabated, even on a diet consisting of nothing but grass-fed veal, ground, grass-fed beef, green leaf vegetables, bananas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and tallow (which was all I had left after I kept cutting things out because the rash wouldn't go away--and which I maintained for 2 months, while completely miserable, in the hopes that it would finally WORK) -- but if I already know I have issues with something (like wheat, certain nuts, and shellfish, in my case), I avoid those while I'm in a flare.
Scratching usually causes the rash to spread, in addition to increasing the risk of infection (and infection makes allergic rashes itch even MORE, if that's possible!), so I do everything in my power to refrain from scratching, including wearing cotton gloves to bed so that I can't scratch in my sleep.
Lavender oil, and melaleuca (tea tree) oil can ALL be irritants to eczema. Instead, moisturize with UnPetroleum Jelly, which is the ONLY thing I've found that doesn't eventually irritate the rash.
Shower with NO soap and ONLY cool/body temperature water if you get sweaty. Perspiration irritates the rash.
Cleanliness is important -- but avoid washing the rash area too much, and make sure that you moisturize any time you wash it down with water -- dryness causes more itching.
Keep nails trimmed and filed as blunt as possible, and avoid breaking the skin as much as possible -- broken skin increases the risk of a secondary infection, and most people who deal with eczema and allergic dermatitis end up with at least -one- secondary infection during each bout -- which prolongs the time it takes for the inflammation and itching to stop.
These things didn't help at ALL -- and sometimes made things WORSE:
- Tea Tree oil
- Elimination diets
- Commercial soaps, lotions, creams (including those "specially made for eczema")
- Oatmeal baths -- or, in fact, any commercial bath additive
- Synthetic clothing -- including supposedly 'breathable' synthetics
- Silk, hemp, and "bamboo" fiber clothing (they actually CAUSED me to perspire--not good)
on July 12, 2012
at 01:53 PM
Make use of oats based conditioner at the same time, this is extremely relaxing for the dog's skin, specially when they've got opened injuries because of scratching their bodies. Let your dog to dry up carefully plus vacuum your property adequately, for people with absolutely no floor covering, sweep your own hard woods adequately, due to the fact as soon as you handle the house additionally, the dog, you are about to have a considerable amount of lifeless fleas, based on how awful the pest infestation was in fact.
If the dog's skin area is red-colored and also inflammed and you could notice exactly where they scraped their bodies raw. Go to your neighborhood drugstore and obtain an otc hydrocortisone creme which typically sells with 1 percent. You will need to place this on the impacted areas repeatedly each and every day. It will not burn in any way and definately will really be pretty comforting.
resource - Flea-Bites.com
In case your dog was in fact greatly biten by fleas from head to feet, you should seek out animal medical practitioner service for the reason that numerous flea bites can result in anemia in most dogs. Usually your veterinary will provide the dog just one shot of steroid drugs while having you stick to the hydrocortisone treatment.
on April 03, 2012
at 02:54 PM
Ya he has seen the doctor already and they just tell him it's a yeast infection and give him pills to take another doctor told him it was a fungal infection and gave him a steroid cream (yay! Military medicine.) He has gotten the rash in all three hot places he's been (Texas and Georgia twice) he never got it in Washington. The pollen and honey is new but the rash was there before we added that in. He's quit the kombucha since it can help yeast grow. These are definetly bumps that leave permant scaring and very dry itchy skin.
on April 03, 2012
at 02:35 PM
It could be a host of things besides heat rash. Are these really bumps or spots / splotches? Bumps are often a rash or allergy reaction, splotches or spots can be an allergy or an annoying fungal skin infection.
For all the healthy aspects of honey and pollen, do not discount the fact that they are EXTREMELY POTENT ALLERGENS. Try skipping them for a while.
Finally: see a doctor! However unlikely, this could be a serious condition -- don't just ask for hints here -- get him the medical help he needs now.