Eczema refers to a cluster of disparate recurring, noninfectious inflammatory conditions in which the skin becomes red, dry, itchy and scaly. Flare-ups occur with no particular pattern. An estimated one in three people suffer from some form of eczema at some time in their lives.
The most common form is known as atopic eczema. Most forms of eczema, including atopic eczema, are classified as a form of allergy and are known to be mediated by an abnormal immune response. Eczema risk is known to increase with exposure to certain immune-related triggers, such as vitamin D deficiency or early antibiotic exposure, but the precise causes and triggers of the disease remain unknown.
Covered with blisters
Twenty-two-year-old Alice Morgan of Liverpool says that until three years ago, she had not experienced an eczema flare-up since childhood. In contrast to the more typical form she suffered in childhood, Morgan’s adult eczema was so severe that it covered her body with blisters.
“It was out of control,” she said.
“People don’t understand how severe eczema can get, it’s not just little patches behind the knees, elbows, it spreads all over my body.”
Morgan’s skin got intensely red and swollen, and heated up uncomfortably. The only temporary relief she could find from the heat was to bathe in Dead Sea salts.
“After that my skin would ooze, that was pretty horrible,” she said.
She would regularly wake up with blood all over her sheets, from having scratched at the itching in her sleep.
In the next stage of her condition, her skin would become dry and start to flake off.
‘The flaking stage lasts for days on end, there isn’t a great deal you can do when your skin is like this apart from moisturize, with a pure organic oil like almond or avocado,” she said.
The constant stares and comments from strangers sent her into a depression that often kept her from leaving her house.
“It was really hard to deal with, in the past I have felt lonely, awkward, low, uncomfortable, antisocial, ugly, anxious, the list goes on,” she said.
Raw, vegan diet shows immediate results
Morgan’s doctor prescribed her topical steroids, which she says only made her symptoms worse. So she began testing out over-the-counter remedies, trying out various creams and lotions. When those didn’t work, she moved on to alternative remedies including homeopathy and specialty diets.
Nothing worked, until she hit upon her current diet, which is strictly vegan and grain-free. Additionally, about 80 percent of the food she eats is raw. She began feeling relief immediately, the very first day she started the new diet. She has had no flare-ups for three months.
“It’s a very, very restrictive diet but I feel the best I have done in a long time,” she said.
‘It got to the point where I was prepared to do anything to get better again.
Morgan’s typical breakfast consists of a smoothie, her lunch is a raw salad with fruit and an avocado dressing, and her dinner consists of cooked vegetables with fruit salad or other raw foods for dessert. For snacks, she eats bananas, fruit salad, and carrot sticks with hummus.
“Before, I felt like eczema had taken my life away, but I am now determined to get it back and be able to live a normal life like before my flare-ups,” she said.
“I am a true believer that the correct diet can cure any disease or illness.”
Author: David Gutierrez