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Itchiness and food allergies?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Have any of you experienced all over itchiness on your body that was directly related to a certain food? I'm asking for my husband who eats mostly primal (very little dairy but still eats rice and potatoes). He's gluten-free, as well as caffeine and dairy-free but still has itchiness on his legs. It used to be unbearable. Anti-histamines and allergy pills provide instant relief but we want to find out what he's allergic to. He's also cut out eggs as well to see if that's it.

If anyone has any advice, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks, Cara http://primroseandpaleo.wordpress.com

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on January 17, 2011
at 11:31 PM

hi, no relief from hot showers and baths. it's actually worse right after a shower, or when putting clothes on, taking them off.

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:23 PM

That's incredible to me that you managed to self diagnose it. You've done an amazing job of fixing yourself which is so commendable, very impressive!

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on January 17, 2011
at 04:36 AM

Yes, at age 35 I had osteoporosis and was quite obese. I self-diagnosed celiac in 2007 and got my test results back in early 2008.

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on January 17, 2011
at 01:17 AM

24 hours is too soon. Try eating the food Each day for 3 days and only test one food a week. If you get a reaction on day 1, great, but try not to test the next food until it dies down a bit. See the Jastroboff on food intolerances and elimination diets. It is a lot of work, so plan it out carefully.

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on January 16, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Wjones, you've really come through a whole journey of self discovery, haven't you? How long did all these changes take?

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on January 16, 2011
at 10:07 PM

yes, fructose sensitivity/intolerance (possibly combined with insulin resistance) or lectins. the liver has downregulated its ability to process fructose and can cause allergic reactions such as itching, dry or peeling skin, rashes, blotches, acne, dandruff etc. this means most fruit, alcohol, sugar, conventional honey (but raw or raw fermented honey may be ok), nuts, beans, chocolate, grains.

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on January 16, 2011
at 10:37 PM

After suffering with this for most of my adult life I've reduced the itchiness and now get a minor outbreak only every couple months or so (a significant improvement--before I always had the rash somewhere on my body, i.e., back of arms, calves, sides, chest, stomach). I've made two significant changes to my diet that are most likely responsible for reducing the rash:

  1. I completely eliminated gluten and soy. Even trace amounts will trigger the itch and rash. I've had to basically stop going to restaurants (I will still eat at steak houses, on occasion). I believe in your husband's case that it could be any number of allergenic foods, including nuts or eggs (or something else?). He'll need to do a serious elimination diet.
  2. I cut out all starches. I'll occasionally have some onion or garlic in a stew. But no more rice, no more gluten-free flour concoctions. This has given me back my digestive tract and, while I can't correlate directly to the improvement of my skin, I suspect they're related.

Let me ask you this: do really hot showers and baths produce temporary relief? Are there any digestive issues in addition to the skin? I, too, went through an antistamine (and cortisone cream) phase. Now I manage through strict control of the allergens and starch elimination.

Note that I've eliminated eggs and dairy and have re-introduced them without a problem.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on January 17, 2011
at 04:36 AM

Yes, at age 35 I had osteoporosis and was quite obese. I self-diagnosed celiac in 2007 and got my test results back in early 2008.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 16, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Wjones, you've really come through a whole journey of self discovery, haven't you? How long did all these changes take?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:23 PM

That's incredible to me that you managed to self diagnose it. You've done an amazing job of fixing yourself which is so commendable, very impressive!

461312f31b933638202e0308ab4011b4

(258)

on January 17, 2011
at 11:31 PM

hi, no relief from hot showers and baths. it's actually worse right after a shower, or when putting clothes on, taking them off.

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on January 17, 2011
at 06:02 PM

I used to suffer from a similar condition.. usually triggered by rapid body temp changes, but definitely diet related. The doctor considered it a form of 'Cholinergic Urticaria'.

I was on a SAD diet at the time, but found the symptoms were directly related to my intake of high histamine foods.. particularly fruits like pineapple, raspberries, and strawberries. Here's a list of high histamine foods: http://www.urticaria.thunderworksinc.com/pages/lowhistamine.htm

Diet is definitely to be suspected, and I think an elimination approach is probably the right way to go.

Also, since going full paleo I am able to consume moderate amounts of the fruits listed above with no problems :)

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on January 17, 2011
at 10:38 AM

this could also be a deficiency of some kind. i'd check for vitamin D deficiency first (i got rid of my neurodermatitis with D3). then i'd experiment with sublingual B12, magnesium-orotate, zinc, GLA (like evening primrose oil), bromelain+quercetin, 1-2g vitamin C, and maybe ALC. OR it could be caused by a supplement he's already taking..

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on January 17, 2011
at 08:36 AM

I have had experience with this too. I have tried everything to get to the bottom of lifelong asthma and excema problems. During my wifes pregnancy i hit rock bottom with the rashes covering 80% of my body. Naturopaths and doctors alike could not find the answer, so a journey of elimination began.

Paleo works best. But remember the deadly nightshades. The best results came when I eliminated all tomato, potato etc... This resulted in way clearer skin, less itchiness and less stress.

The skin in chinese medicine is also related to the lungs so look at asthma, or any triggers that will affect breathing. And look at stress too as this is a big contributor to breathing problems.

Not the whole solution but hopefully part of the answer.

Good luck.

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on November 23, 2013
at 10:23 PM

I just found out I am allergic to rice, potatoes and a few nuts. I'm going to eliminate and see if it relieves my itchiness.

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on February 06, 2013
at 05:01 PM

This sounds like it was me! I am gfdf, grain free too. I thought eggs were the culprit but for me it is nuts...all nuts...the larger a serving the longer the itchiness. I used to make my legs bleed. Now I know to avoid the nuts.

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on July 05, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I have been experiencing itching for over 10 years now when I eat peanut butter, peanuts, almonds and any other type of nuts. I have to take an antihistamine every 24 hours just to make sure I don't get this extreme itch on the bottom of my feet and the palm of my hands. If anyone have an idea as what cause this problem, please let me know through these posts. Ten years ago, I visited two Dermatologists to no avail.

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on January 17, 2011
at 12:48 AM

I'd first try eliminating all dairy, potatoes and rice for five days. On day six, reintroduce rice and give twenty-four hours for a reaction. Then, if well, try potatoes on day seven and dairy on day eight. If he does not react to those, try the elimination diet for other foods, perhaps starting with the nightshade family, especially tomatoes. When you do the elimination diet, the reaction can be stronger than it was before, so have some Benadryl handy.

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on January 17, 2011
at 01:17 AM

24 hours is too soon. Try eating the food Each day for 3 days and only test one food a week. If you get a reaction on day 1, great, but try not to test the next food until it dies down a bit. See the Jastroboff on food intolerances and elimination diets. It is a lot of work, so plan it out carefully.

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on January 16, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Corn makes me itch uncontrollably.Combined with the DH rash from the first visible signs of celiac,I think I spent most of late 2007 trying to take my skin off..

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on January 16, 2011
at 09:11 PM

I'm totally primal and have celiacs so no gluten for me but lately the itching is out of control! Only thing is that I've been eating out more lately so I must be getting cross-contamination. Curious to see what info comes from this post.

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on January 16, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I get itchy reaction to eating too many nuts sometimes - reminds me to back off. Includes itchiness and red spots on my arms and legs and sometimes stomach area. (I'm totally primal - no dairy, no grains, no potatoes, no caffeine, etc etc.). Also, when I used to chew gum with aspartame (a while back), I had the same reaction. I eat eggs a couple of times a week, without problem.

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