I am a 50 year old female, smoker, and of excellent health & decent weight. I became menopausal in February and suffered a first and major outbreak of itching, oozing blisters on my palms and soles in June. I had no idea what it was or what would remedy it. I saw many doctors (waste of time & money) at a clinic but had to wait many months before seeing a dermatologist. I searched the internet and diagnosed it myself. Dyshidrosis / Dyshidrotic Eczema / Pompylox.
In frustration and desperation I saw a Naturopathic doctor for the first time. He 'wired' me to a computer and screened me for 'sensitivities' and prescribed me supplements to help my liver. (MCS-2, ADB5-plus)
The foods listed were:
deli meat, pork, peppermint, feta cheese, prawns, beans, beets, cabbage, bell peppers, spinach, eggs, cod fish, coconut oil, wine, cow dairy, sesame oil, apple, berries, kiwi, lemon, corn, millet, & rice, (and other things I never eat anyway). I had for a few weeks prior practically lived off of berry smoothies, spinach salad, & brown rice.
I was skeptical at first but began to notice outbreaks about an hour after consuming any of these foods. I was soon compelled to avoid all of these and since have had small outbreaks when I thought I could risk it. By August my skin had completely cleared up. By September I saw the dermatologist who only confirmed my self-diagnosis but otherwise I no longer needed. He offered no cause or remedies other than creams to help symptoms I no longer had.
What was the cause?
Because I smoke (cadmium), and have a history of exposure to other toxins (lead etc.), and bad teeth full of amalgam (mercury? soon to be removed) my system has been stressed in its efforts to cleanse toxic substances. For women, monthly periods also have a cleansing effect that menopause now denied me. I am also allergic to nickel and get sick when I breath laquer, cheap perfume, and acetone.
I had also taken antibiotics a few months before my first outbreak. These kill the probiotics in your body but not the yeast, which also stresses out ones digestive systems ability to process toxins.
The result is toxins in the blood being expelled through the skin. Dyshidrosis probably affects the palms & soles because the skin is so thick there and they are extremities. This is MY theory but it makes more sense than anything else I've heard - and I don't suffer from it anymore!
I have since Sept. taken GI FLOURA (yeast killer) once a week followed by probiotics 2 days later. I also force myself to drink as much filtered water as possible.
I will continue to stick to this 'diet' until I've quit smoking and get in even fitter shape, then gradually re-introduce the foods that caused breakouts. The above food list may only be applied to me, or may be similar or the same that affects others. I don't know for sure - but who else has had such success?
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