So before going Paleo (about 7 months ago) I used to drink a lot of milk every day and never realized that I could not tolerate it, though I did have recurrent sinus infections. I now drink raw milk only every once in a while, and eat some organic goat cheese, cream and butter. However, the only couple of times that I tried having whole pasteurized milk since going paleo, I got a couple of red bumps on my cheek that don't go away for like 3 days. They don't itch or anything, but this happens in the same place every time I eat something with pasteurized dairy. I am currently very strict however if I accidentally ingest something non-paleo that I am sensitive too, I get that weird rash on my cheek again. Besides dairy, last week it also happened with some sort of BBQ sauce or ketchup that was on some grilled meat (I stopped eating it as soon as I realized, but I guess it was too late) so I guess it was either because of sugar or maybe gluten or who knows what that stuff had in it. Sugar gives me an instant headache and stomach ache, gluten a bloated belly and pasteurized dairy or cow??s cheese gives me brain fog, mucus and the rash. So, why do I always get that weird rash in the same exact place? it usually happens a couple of hours after, overnight for instance
asked byJime (30)
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on July 29, 2013
at 05:04 PM
Within 1-2 hours of eating gluten, I get a splotchy red rash on the right side of my abdomen, sometimes extending to my chest, right wrist, and even neck if it's severe. Let's just say I freaked out the first couple of times that it happened, until I started eliminating foodstuffs from my diet and figured out that the perpetrator was gluten. I guess it's my own personal alert system, just in case. Haha.
on July 01, 2013
at 02:34 PM
Any time I eat dairy (even grassfed), one of the problems I have (only including skin issue since it applies to your question) is giant cystic acne outbreaks on my chin/ jawline. It's never the forehead or cheeks or whatever.
That's how I can tell if I got an accidental (rare cos I'm normally very on top of what I'm eating, since I can't really eat out being Celiac) dose of dairy.
It usually pops up about 12 hours after ingestion and takes several days to heal.
I know somebody who gets a rash on her hands and that's always her spot. I can't say why it appears in the same place but I can give 30 years of experiential proof!
on April 23, 2013
at 03:41 PM
Look into dermatitis herpetiformis. It's a rash presentation of celiac disease basically. I have it. It flares in the same old spots, over and over. I only got new areas when I was still eating gluten. If I get glutened or get too much iodine, it can flare up. Iodine is necessary for the rash reaction for some reason. Dairy products can be very high in iodine and they will set it off also. (Or if I eat a lot of seafood and/or seaweed too.) I thought for quite a while it was an eczemic reaction to casein but I worked on it with my dermatologist who is awesome about DH and he is convinced it's the iodine in my case. I can tolerate small amounts of raw dairy products - I buy a raw cheese - or small amounts of organic whole yogurt. Mine usually itches but not always. My son has it too and his doesn't itch him, lucky guy! If it's DH, one great thing is that the longer you are gluten free, the fewer antibodies will be trapped under your skin so you would break out less over time regardless of how much iodine you ingest. I am actually taking some iodine and it's not really setting me off but I have been glutenfree for 4+ years. Also, if it's DH and you can get dx'd, there's a great topical ointment for it (Aczone) which you might want to look into anyway as it's super-anti-inflammatory.
on January 14, 2013
at 08:42 PM
I have a similar issue on my back that flares up when I eat gluten or dairy. I did a food allergy test and confirmed both of these things were severely allergic to my body.
I'm sure there are other factors at play, but I would suggest getting a good food allergy test done to see what happens. Besides, it is entirely worth the money even if you weren't having this problem - It is fantastic to be able to see how so many foods interact with your body.
on August 12, 2013
at 06:32 PM
Based on your symptoms, it sounds like you could be lactose intolerant, but recurrent sinus infections have not been shown to be caused by lactose intolerance and should be treated to prevent recurrent infections. The rashes coinciding with dairy intake may be coincidental, but further investigation by a healthcare provider is warranted.