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Heat Rash, Sweat Rash... Whole 30 Clean Eating Rash?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 09, 2012 at 4:24 AM

Heya,

I completed my first Whole 30 August 30th. No skin issues at the time aside from some bumps in the backs of my arms (have always had them, the Whole 30 actually helped). Had some gluten/dairy/sugar the next day, and within 24 hours had a red rash on the front of my neck (in the crease above the collarbones). Went back to clean eating and no improvement on the rash - it also showed up on the insides of my elbows.

It's very similar to this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/115180/anyone-got-fungal-skin-rash-on-paleo#axzz28lpeBt12. Not sure what the original poster meant in reference to cholesterol?

Since the end of August, off grains/sugar/dairy about six days a week, and now am on day 15 of another Whole 30. The rash is still on my neck, still on my elbows, SO SO itchy and red. No pimple like bumps, just rough, raised red areas. And now my chest is starting to get itchy so I think it may show up there.

It gets much worse after Crossfit or running (heat? sweat?); I have not added any new foods, soaps, lotions, or anything in the last couple of months. Cannot figure out what it is! Have always eaten a lot of eggs and am down to fragrance free detergent and no lotion whatsoever. Even staying out of the sun to avoid using sunscreen :(.

I live in Hawaii so it's pretty much always hot... if it was simply a heat thing I think it would have shown up a long time ago. Lived in other hot locales as well, and heat rashes have not been an issue.

Any suggestions?

C8586fa2188272d5474d22aa8a500619

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on August 29, 2013
at 12:55 PM

High cholesterol improves your bacterial immunity and deteriorates your fungal immunity.

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on October 15, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Magnesium sensitivity can cause rashes. Yeast includes yeast infections, skin problems, vaginal itchiness etc. Fungus include athletes foot, jock itch, skin fungus, and toenail fungus.

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on October 14, 2012
at 10:22 PM

I am following the Whole30 to a tee, now on day 21. The odd thing is that I was eating very poorly prior to my first Whole30 in August, and the rash didn't show up until day 31. BUT - I backtracked and realized I started taking Natural Calm (mag supplement) about a week before the first Whole30 was completed, about 2 tsp at night. Stopped taking it four days ago and the rash seems to be getting less itchy. So thinking it was maybe the magnesium? Only time will tell I suppose. Just in case, what would be the main red flags for a yeast/fungal infection? Thank you!

57646c6a7df51657e2af4cec5d30e43d

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:34 PM

So it's been 17 days since you began a new Whole 30 but were eating, sugar, grain, gluten 1 day a week previously? This could be a reason for your rash. Are you 100% pure on the Whole 30? You might need to cut out eggs as they can be inflammatory. Thinking on the fly here but is it possible there is another environmental allergen triggering things form work or home? Any signs of yeast/fungal infections? I would think the rash should start getting better with the super clean diet but if it doesn't after your Whole 30 hit me up and I may be able to send you a referral to someone in Hawaii.

Ac8edd31e7f376500db3a3068dd27d85

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on October 09, 2012
at 05:32 PM

It's very itchy, and the part on my neck has started to get dry and somewhat flaky. The part on my elbows is primarily itchy, red, and raised, neither moist or dry. Cool water feels amazing - in fact we turned the AC on last night and I could feel the cool air on my neck! I do not have asthma. I am very gluten intolerant (bloating, anxiety, brain fog, sinus issues, skin issues, digestive disruption, etc.) and have sinus issues if I eat dairy (however does not affect my airways the way a dairy allergy would).

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57646c6a7df51657e2af4cec5d30e43d

on October 09, 2012
at 05:50 AM

I am an Acupuncturist who works quite a bit with food as medicine and I have seen similar issues with some of my patients after they make big dietary changes. Couple of questions: Is the rash dry, itchy, and flaky or is moist and weepy? Does cool water feel good? Do you have Asthma or allergies?

Ac8edd31e7f376500db3a3068dd27d85

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on October 09, 2012
at 05:32 PM

It's very itchy, and the part on my neck has started to get dry and somewhat flaky. The part on my elbows is primarily itchy, red, and raised, neither moist or dry. Cool water feels amazing - in fact we turned the AC on last night and I could feel the cool air on my neck! I do not have asthma. I am very gluten intolerant (bloating, anxiety, brain fog, sinus issues, skin issues, digestive disruption, etc.) and have sinus issues if I eat dairy (however does not affect my airways the way a dairy allergy would).

57646c6a7df51657e2af4cec5d30e43d

(10)

on October 11, 2012
at 02:34 PM

So it's been 17 days since you began a new Whole 30 but were eating, sugar, grain, gluten 1 day a week previously? This could be a reason for your rash. Are you 100% pure on the Whole 30? You might need to cut out eggs as they can be inflammatory. Thinking on the fly here but is it possible there is another environmental allergen triggering things form work or home? Any signs of yeast/fungal infections? I would think the rash should start getting better with the super clean diet but if it doesn't after your Whole 30 hit me up and I may be able to send you a referral to someone in Hawaii.

57646c6a7df51657e2af4cec5d30e43d

(10)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Magnesium sensitivity can cause rashes. Yeast includes yeast infections, skin problems, vaginal itchiness etc. Fungus include athletes foot, jock itch, skin fungus, and toenail fungus.

Ac8edd31e7f376500db3a3068dd27d85

(10)

on October 14, 2012
at 10:22 PM

I am following the Whole30 to a tee, now on day 21. The odd thing is that I was eating very poorly prior to my first Whole30 in August, and the rash didn't show up until day 31. BUT - I backtracked and realized I started taking Natural Calm (mag supplement) about a week before the first Whole30 was completed, about 2 tsp at night. Stopped taking it four days ago and the rash seems to be getting less itchy. So thinking it was maybe the magnesium? Only time will tell I suppose. Just in case, what would be the main red flags for a yeast/fungal infection? Thank you!

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C8586fa2188272d5474d22aa8a500619

on August 29, 2013
at 12:54 PM

I am in similar situation, I suspect the clean eating means very low omega 6 fat intake which might result in impaired skin barrier and as a consequence skin can become more susceptible to fungal infection. I am currently trying to increase omega 6 intake from clean sources (nut and seeds), lets see what the result will be.

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on June 16, 2013
at 06:06 PM

I too have found that I am more susceptible to heat rashes since I finish my Whole 30 and have given up most grains. I am pretty sure that it is yeast related, so any anti-fungal cream works. You can just get an over the counter "feminine itch" cream at a pharmacy. Cool showers and cotton clothes also help. The rash could go away within an hour of putting on the anti-fungal cream. good luck.

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