severe itching and very elevated ige levels?

Answered on August 27, 2013
Created May 30, 2013 at 3:01 AM

i've always had severe eczema since puberty. the rashes seem to have gotten mostly better with a mostly paleo diet. however, i still do itch a lot, especially at night. my IGE levels are very high, > 5000 with the immunocap test, normal is less than 100. anyone know how to reduce these crazy ige levels and get back some sleep? i'm tired of taking benadryl +/- allegra as they are not really effective...

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on August 27, 2013
at 01:57 PM

Get a tapeworm or other nematode

In all seriousness, IgE antibodies are used for killing off various parasites, especially worms. If nothing else helps, don't be so fastidious about dirt and give your immune system something to do. My eczema improved after I got a dog

Other than that, do you know what you're allergic to? For me it's dust, which must be avoided if I don't want a misery that no anti-histamine can shift


on July 02, 2013
at 02:50 AM

Im just going to paste this again right here, Might want to look into this.

Ive been Paleo since Dec 2010, Felt Great, until Nov 2011, when i started to feel fatigue, and an extreme eczema attacked me every since, kept researching for reasons why, I upped my Fat and lowered my Fat i DID Zero carb, low , med and also High. nothing worked, and Before Paleo i had no issues with eczema, just the minor acne, and going paleo, I introduced all animals and fats. Since learning about Salicylates and amines ive had to tone it down and now i only eat White fish and Salmon and Green beans (so-so-paleo?) Ive cut out Grains, Dairy (even butter!) and now i feel great my eczema flares have dropped, (its only been 2 days on this diet) I am also sad because this diet is very limited, but its worth it, because eczema is a real life killer. I LOVE AND HATE PALEO! But i think most people on here that dont do well on Paleo need to look into Salicylates and amines intolerance. Especally the people who get Skin problems while going on paleo. I even quit smoking marijuana! but i hope as i heal maybe i can introduce my weed again and live a normal life.

I also want to mention Salmon may contain Amines, mostly on skin, same with chicken, so avoid the skin.

Its hard because the only veg i eat is Green beans, I will try white potatoes soon, and see how that goes, because considering the Autoimmune thing and eczema i want to stay away from it.

But ya Potatoes and rice are going to be my next step for further exciting my diet lifestyle.

I also live in Toronto and winters usually bring it out, but i think i finally got the answer!!! we'll see how this new diet adjustment goes.


on May 30, 2013
at 03:29 AM

Have you eliminated all grains? You must stay away from anything packaged that does not specifically say "gluten free", even if the ingredients do not contain gluten. Many prepackaged foods are manufactured in the same facility and on the same equipment that process gluten so there's always contamination issues.

A year ago I was incredibly itchy and miserable like you. Then I starting eating like a celiac and felt better. Next I eliminated all grains and felt a little better still. Finally I adopted the autoimmune protocol and now I'm almost back to normal, except when I eat eggs and nightshades. So you need to do the elimination diet to find out what you are allergic to and avoid those foods to heal your skin. Good luck!

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