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Wheat and Eczema

Monday, July 22, 2013

It’s been about two months since my last race (the Hair of the Dog 5k - wp.me/p1N36Q-8F ), and it’s a little over two months until my next one – the His and Hers Coed Relay. So I got antsy and decided to add another race to the schedule. On Sunday I’m running the New York Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race. There was an Amazon Local deal – $20 to enter the race – so I rallied my husband and my friend who is running the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon ( wp.me/p1N36Q-1c ) with us in November to form a team (our team name is the “Three Mouseketeers”). I don’t expect to walk away with $300, but it should be fun and will provide some relief to the current “race drought” I’ve been experiencing.

Thinking about it, though, two months has gone pretty quickly. We’re beyond the halfway mark of summer, which saddens me. One thing I won’t be sad about is that I seem to get these unsightly eczema flare ups on my hands in the summer time. Eczema wasn’t a problem for me until college, and I’m not sure what triggered it. It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s certainly ugly to look at. Just like my other skin afflictions – rosacea, acne, who knows what else ( wp.me/P1N36Q-2 ).

I never really thought about what caused it until I read this article about eczema and food allergies. The article suggests there’s been a known link between the two for some time:


but doesn’t specifically call out wheat. I double checked my copy of Wheat Belly (one of the benefits of having it on the Nook – it’s easy to search) and nothing specifically came up about eczema (but there is a full chapter dedicated to acne). However, there are a few “success stories” posted in which individuals claim that they have cleared up their eczema through elimination of wheat.

So I searched further and found that only 7% of adults have eczema ( celiacdisease.about.com/
) – and that it occurs three times more frequently in celiac disease patients. When I first asked my doctor to take a look at the “rash” on my hands (about six years ago), he was able to diagnose it relatively quickly as eczema – which lead me to believe it must be pretty common. I guess not so much.

I know, my scaly, peeling hand is gross. It’s a good daily visual cue to stop eating wheat for a while. Will never eating wheat again help my unhappy hands?
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    It's possible! Try it and see, and then let us know.
    1762 days ago
    I still get (relatively) mild eczema, usually in late winter, but it's triggered by dry skin, and I can usually treat it with just lotion. There's definitely a hereditary thing going on, because my grandfather had it really bad and so does one of my sons.

    However, my rosacea is much better than it was before low carb/wheat avoidance. My skin overall looks better and heals better from minor damage than it used to.

    I've been reading on another blog about sensitivities to plants in the nightshade family and that can also be an eczema trigger. At some point you might need to try an elimination diet and see if you can identify the triggers.
    1763 days ago
    I've noticed my skin clearing up since I've stopped eating cheese and milk yogurt.
    1763 days ago
    In my family all of the insulin resistant and diabetic members have skin issues. Me- psoriasis, rosacea, peeling skin. (my index finger tips peel) My dad- severe psoriasis, his father psoriasis rosacea, my dad's mom rosacea. Plus they/I have the classic wheat belly :o(

    Now my youngest (birth) boy, age 9 has ichthiosis (sorry can't spell it) and when I first heard about it I was told only "fat" people get it? Well maybe insulin resistant fat people. But my son is thin, and the Dr said it is an early sign of insulin resistance!! It is thick and scaly and turns black. I thought it was dirt, it is not.
    He is now learning to eat like me.
    So I agree that skin conditions are from negative food reactions. I don't know that I'd call them allergies, my food allergic son has nearly died from eating eggs.

    Just my humble opinion :o)

    1763 days ago
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