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Eczema

Nutritional Therapy is very useful for conditions such as eczema where conventional medicine treats only the symptoms; Nutritional Therapy seeks to find out the cause of the eczema.

Eczema is an inflammatory condition that can cause distress and discomfort. My first steps with a client with eczema would be to work out where the inflammation is coming from. Immune system? Digestive system? I look thoroughly at the other symptoms and medical history before recommending relevant tests and tweaking the diet to make it more anti-inflammatory.

Read about how nutritional therapy helped a 2 year old with quite severe eczema:

I met Claudine when my younger son John was two years old and suffering from very bad eczema,
which started when I stopped breastfeeding him, mild at first but getting progressively worse as the
time passed. I was extremely frustrated with the usual GP treatment which is a steroid cream and
antibiotics combination for when the eczema got so bad that John’s skin would get infected, which
started happening more often. I was told repetitively that most toddlers grow out of it by the time they
are three and I need to make sure I put the steroid cream on regularly. I was very unhappy about having
to do that and also aware that I’m actually not treating the cause of his condition, but just dealing with
the symptoms.

When Claudine said she could definitely help John I was excited but sceptical at first. Now I know it
was due to my lack of knowledge about nutritional therapy. Claudine quickly worked out that John was
intolerant to quite a few foods and suggested a plan of action. The results were amazing very early
on. It took only a couple of weeks for John’s eczema to get dramatically better. The whole treatment
however took a bit longer, altogether nine months. Following the treatment John is not only completely clear of eczema now, but also can enjoy eating the foods that he was previously intolerant to. Fantastic result and a very happy mother and child. Thank you Claudine!

Natalia McIntosh

Tring, Herts


April 2013. Latest treatments for Eczema: 

My recent CPD was “An Orthomolecular Approach to Allergy and Atopic Disease” by Kara Fitzgerald, an American Naturopath.

If you have allergies or intolerances you have a permeable lining of your gut (‘leaky gut’) – this needs to be healed. The chemicals released by the body upon antigen exposure further damage the gut permeability.

In atopic individuals the immune system reacts inappropriately to perceived antigens, whether this is environmental for example dust mites, pollen or mould, or a food particle. The immune system becomes biased to Th2 dominance.

One of the aims of treatment is to restore the balance of the immune system and strengthen the Th1 response whilst reducing the Th2 response. Another aim is to heal the barriers.

Treatment Goals using Nutritional Therapy

  • Reduce symptoms - natural anti-inflammatories; new Ceramide topicals
  • Remove antigenic load via diet and lifestyle changes
  • Reinoculate the gut flora (probiotics)
  • Repair the leaky barriers
  • Replace with anti-inflammatory interventions and HcL
  • Rebalance via stress reduction, exercise, weight loss if needed

 

I have successfully managed to get rid of a severe case of eczema, which covered 50% of the skin within one week using the following protocol:

  • Vitamin A to aid skin and barrier healing
  • Strong multivitamin and mineral
  • Vitamin D (deficiency linked to allergies)
  • Mixed probiotics
  • Bovine colostrum to support the immune function and heal the gut
  • High strength EPA and DHA – anti-inflammatory
  • GLA – strengthens skin barrier which is weak in atopic individuals
  • Apple cider vinegar before meals to increase HcL levels

 

To reduce symptoms and repair the epidermal barrier I found the following helpful:

  • Dilute bleach baths (1/2 cup in a large bath), rinsed then emollient applied.
  • Deramlux ointment which contains CERAMIDE, a new treatment which works as well as steroid cream
  • Colloidal oatmeal lotion such as Aveeno
  • Topical probiotic therapy
  • Dead Sea magnesium rich bath soaks

Steroid creams weaken the skin barrier by 70% within 2-3 days, perpetuating the problem. If the cream HAS to be used I recommend first applying a base of Evening Primrose Oil to the skin and then applying the cream very sparingly over the top. You may then only have to apply the steroid cream a couple of times.

Avoid the following possible trigger foods:

  • Soya
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Egg
  • Nuts

As well as sugar and alcohol, peanut butter and meat (all inflammatory foods). After a while of avoiding the above they can be gradually reintroduced to see if they are tolerated.

Detoxification and/or fasting can help as well as avoiding allergic/intolerant foods (based on testing or elimination diet).

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