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Hack my itchiness

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I'm always itching all day and night, I'll be watching a movie with friends and all I want to do is itch my body. My eyes are itchy also and I have dark circles

I assume it's some sort of allergy but it might also be dry skin which I suffer on my face for sure, could it be leaky gut or candida though? I do have some digestive problems

I typically eat beef, eggs, white potatoes, broccoli, salmon, butter and avocados

The problem is if I cut out eggs then I'll have trouble getting enough protein I think, the only beef I can afford is ground and I don't really like it that much

Not sure if this is relevant but I also seem to get hot really easily

Cheers

22fd82abf435768244f8d074430cd1e6

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:44 PM

AND there are also histamine-releasing foods, such as chocolate..

22fd82abf435768244f8d074430cd1e6

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:43 PM

Very important. That is something that has driven me crazy, I would eat something one day and it'd be fine, the following day would make me run to the toilet. This happens when you store protein food though, it should be alright with cooked vegetables (depends how they are cooked though). Fermented foods are also very high in histamine.

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on May 16, 2012
at 05:35 PM

good list @Kelly

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2012
at 05:33 PM

+1 on the histamine possibility. Don't just look at the food, but consider its age: histamines increase in left-overs, and as food spoils.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Also try staying away from eggs, they are also a known allergen (specifically the whites, the yolks tend to be easier to digest).

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:59 PM

-do you have any itchy spots or just itching in general? (eczema)

-has it recently gotten colder in your area? (dry skin)

-switched to a new soap or cream or other product applied to skin or body? (sensitive skin)

-worn new clothes without washing (reaction to dyes in fabrics)

-Flowers/tress blooming in your area? (pollen or other external allergins can cause this easily)

-dark circles under eyes could indicate dairy allergy (I think I recall this as a symptom)

Is there a reason you think its food related?

previous sensitives that cause similar reaction?

Previous reactions to leftover foods (that develope histamines almost immediately)

The only thing you can do to check for food related issues is to remove it for a while and reintroduce and see if it happens again....why do you think its eggs?

I'm just tossing some random questions at you because you didn't indicate any real reason why this started or if it happened before.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2012
at 05:35 PM

good list @Kelly

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22fd82abf435768244f8d074430cd1e6

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:20 AM

Have you looked into histamine intolerance? Avocados and salmon are high in histamine. I get similar symptoms as well as some forced runs to the toilet.

You can find many resources online, here are a couple of links to a paleo resource:

http://thatpaleoguy.com/2011/04/11/histamine-intolerance/

http://thatpaleoguy.com/2011/11/14/histamine-intolerance-update/

22fd82abf435768244f8d074430cd1e6

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:44 PM

AND there are also histamine-releasing foods, such as chocolate..

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 16, 2012
at 05:33 PM

+1 on the histamine possibility. Don't just look at the food, but consider its age: histamines increase in left-overs, and as food spoils.

22fd82abf435768244f8d074430cd1e6

(590)

on May 22, 2012
at 01:43 PM

Very important. That is something that has driven me crazy, I would eat something one day and it'd be fine, the following day would make me run to the toilet. This happens when you store protein food though, it should be alright with cooked vegetables (depends how they are cooked though). Fermented foods are also very high in histamine.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Try cutting out night shades (potatoes, tomatos, pepers) from your diet and see if that helps... They are a gut irritant. Considering you have so few things in your diet, potatoes could be a significant irritant.

Also try eating an avocado on an empty stomach - does that give you heartburn? Some people with sensitive digestive tracks do not digest avocado well (myself included).

I know you didn't mention fruit but make sure to eat no at all fruit. The fructose/sugar from fruit promotes Candida and will increase itchiness. I have excema myself and my ND had me cut out all fruit & nightshades and I've noticed a worlds of difference.

Also try to expand your diet with a variety of vegetables/ greens; kale, brussel sprouts, swiss chard, bok choy, mustard greens, cauliflower, asparagus, celery, fennel, zucchini, snap peas.. It's exceedingly important to vary your diet because your body can begin to develop intolerance's if you eat too much of certain foods, especially if you have a sensitive digestive tract..

In regards to your face/skin.. try coconut oil on your body, and if you don't want to use it on your face, try jojoba oil - it mimics the skins natural oils and is recorded as non-comedogenic (coconut oil is said to be comedogenic, but many people would disagree from their own experience).. Aloe Vera is also calming.

In the mean time if you need a supplement to help with the itchiness stay away from over the counter anti-histamines... An excellent natural anti-histamine is Quercetin

http://www.immunesupport.com/92fal004.htm

it is available at whole foods and most natural food stores. it is even safe to take 3 pills at a time if you're having a significant out break. this will help while you're diagnosing the root cause, try not to rely on it if you don't have too - but I know it will make life far easier (helps people not waking up itching)

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Also try staying away from eggs, they are also a known allergen (specifically the whites, the yolks tend to be easier to digest).

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:56 AM

I have same symptoms but checking here for enzymes and other stuff is just almost impossible. When you mention this to your doc they dont want to do any tests and say its just in your head and that you are hypohondriac or whatever similar thing.

But even if you do diagnose yourself and gets tests back. What did you do ? Nothin you just know now that you are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals which you could correct already without doing tests.

So just start eating nutritious food and avoid food that gives you reactions. But yea for me here i almost get reaction to every food possible. So do healthy stuff as much as you can.

Anyway take care.

Thanks!!!

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:46 AM

check your liver enzymes. it can be a sign of liver problems.

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:53 AM

I'm not sure, but I might have some suggestions from own experience:

  • My father became itchy and allergic to the washing powder; since switching to non-allergic, eco-friendly washing powder the itching stopped.
  • Then he got the itching again, and went to the docter for a test. The test showed a vitamine D deficiancy, despite the fact he's outside a lot working in the garden (but he is old, 70+). The docter gave him a vitamine D-shot and the itching is gone again.

It's a bit like a shot in the dark, but I hope it can help you someway. :)

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