How I Cured My Eczema-- No More Itching, Blisters and Weeping Skin

No Matter Which Way You Slice it, Eczema is Downright Awful

Eczema on Fingers--Itchy and Painful
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Oh... the Torment!

Anyone who has suffered with eczema knows the torment! Itching that drives you wild and skin that forms watery blisters that break open, then morph into rough, scaly patches that become red and raw.

For years I suffered with eczema and tried everything I could think of to get rid of it. When I was a young child, it started with itchy areas on my arms and behind my knees. It always seemed to come on in the most tender areas of my body.

I was told it was stress and, even as a young child and then later, as a teen, I was skeptical about this. In those early years, I wasn't sure what stress was and even as a teen I didn't have a full handle on how stress affected the body, but I somehow knew that this mysterious stress thingy was not what was causing my eczema. It would come and go mysteriously in both good times and in bad.

For years, too, I woke up with raspy breathing, a congested chest, and I suffered with phlegm. I coughed and generally felt miserable.

Oddly enough, I also had terrible bouts of ear infections and would be laid out, two weeks at a time with my ears aching.

As I grew older and found it hard to breathe, I wondered if I had asthma. My lungs felt that congested.

One absolute: my eczema made an appearance off and on for years. As I grew older, it somehow gravitated to my fingers and hands, between my toes and behind my ears--again, the most tender areas. It even came UNDER my fingernails. Talk about torment. I knew somehow that something had to be triggering it.

When Severe, Eczema can be Unsightly

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Western Medicine Useless

I went to the doctor and was given a cream, which worked to suppress my eczema, but as soon as I stopped using the cream, almost as quickly, the bubbles, itching and rash reappeared. I knew this was no real solution, that a cream that acted to contain it inside my body was a Band-aid measure, merely masking the problem but never getting to the root of it, never mind the chemicals in the cream.

I felt disgusted. What good was something that didn't actually CURE my eczema? The thought of smearing on cream for the rest of my life, did not sit well with me at all.

When I saw that traditional medicine did not hold a real cure, I decided to turn to alternative therapies.

Cow's Milk Was the Culprit

After years of trying everything under the sun to stop the itching, eliminating cow's milk did the trick.

An Eye-Opener

This book was a game-changer and reading it helped me to cure my terrible eczema. It taught me to look at food and nutrition in a whole new light and make choices that made a huge impact on my skin, my breathing, my comfort levels and well-being.

How I Cured My Eczema

I can't remember now, how I came into possession of a book by Dr. Paavo Airola but it contained a wealth of information and got me thinking about food and health in a whole new light.

And interestingly, as I read through the book, I came across a section that discussed cow's milk and how this could cause eczema. No way! I thought. But As Paavo mentioned, cow's milk was designed for cows, not humans. That made sense to me.

However, I really did not believe that simply cutting out milk would do the trick. This somehow seemed too easy. When you have suffered with a persistent condition for so long, you almost accept that matters are inevitable, and it is hard to get your head around a solution that might be as simple as changing what you drink each day.

Desperate for a cure for my eczema, though, I decided I would take Paavo's advice and would quit drinking milk and see if my skin cleared up. At that time, I was experiencing another bad flare up of eczema and it covered my hands. Anything was preferable to that damned itching!

The book mentioned allowing enough time and, as I read, it dawned on me that the skin is an organ of elimination and eczema manifested because the body was excreting something that did not agree with it. It made sense that it might take awhile for this process.

I was willing to stop drinking milk.The first week, there was no real change. My hands were as itchy and red as ever. I stuck to my guns, though, and, in my second week, one morning I discovered, as if by magic, my inflamed skin had calmed down and my eczema had started to disappear. The itching was gone!

I was dumbstruck! I stared at my hands in disbelief. Something so simple had been there under my nose all along, for all those years. I continued with my no milk regime and my skin became completely clear. To say I could have jumped for joy would be an understatement.

Here's where it gets even more interesting. As I mentioned above, some mornings, I had woken to lungs that were so congested, I'd found it hard to breathe, but now, surprisingly, my lungs were clear as well. No awful phlegm, no wheezing, no coughing. Could all of this been interconnected? Did all of these symptoms have to do with a milk allergy? It appeared that Dr. Paavo knew a thing or two.

Just How Bad is it?

It still amazes me that even one glass of cow's milk can cause an almost instant reaction--my fingers will start itching and bubbles will appear.

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What About Cheese?

I learned that orange cheese was also a culprit. I'm a cheese lover and I still eat cheese but I try to watch that I don't eat too much on consecutive days. If I do, those tell-tale bubbles appear on my fingers, which warns me that I've gone past what my body can tolerate

Almond Milk and Cream, Healthful and Tasty Alternative to Eczema-Triggering Cow's Milk

I still enjoy milk-based products. Sour cream, whipped cream, and butter do not bother me. Another natural health practitioner told me that these are somewhat different in makeup than cow's milk. But for a milk-like liquid, I make my own almond milk or almond cream when I want a topping for cereal. The video above talks about making nut milk from almonds. This is surprisingly good and thickness is determined by how much water you add.

There's an even easier way to make almond milk and cream that differs from the method demonstrated in the video above. If you buy your almonds already blanched, you do not have to strain them. Some people buy ground almonds and make their milk or cream from that. That, by far, is the easiest method.

See my article, Almond Cream: How to Make a Rich Cream From Nutritious Almonds.

Then and Now

Since my eczema cure all those years ago, I never did go back to drinking milk. The odd time--maybe three times in the last 20 years--I've had a glass of milk. What's interesting is that even one glass causes an almost instant reaction--my fingers will start itching and bubbles will appear. It has been so many years of being eczema-free, honestly, at times, I've forgotten; however, my body certainly hasn't and it goes to work, excreting through my skin the cow's milk that is an obvious irritant

Help & Healing

If you've suffered with eczema or know of someone who does, it is my hope that sharing this information will prove helpful. Not once did any doctor I visited ever suggest that my eczema might be caused by cow's milk.

Cautionary note: This is not an absolute endorsement of any specific dietary model. What works for one person may not work for another. It is important to ensure adequate calcium intake.

© 2012 Athlyn Green

Comments 14 comments

Norma 4 weeks ago

I am a suffer for many years and I will try thanks for sharing. What can I use in coffee other then milk?

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Athlyn Green 5 weeks ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Constant Sufferer,

Your description of where your eczema appears, brought back memories. I used to get it in many of the same spots! I can't wait to hear if your skin clears up after a week or two of abstaining from cow's milk. That awful itching is enough to drive anyone around the bend!

The Constant sufferer 5 weeks ago

The other day I was looking at my eczema(it was the worst I had ever seen it) and I was wondering how long I've had it. It turns out, I know for sure, that I've had it for over SIX YEARS! And, in that time, it has never fully disappeared! I've had it behind my knees, in the crooks of my elbows, on my wrists, and the worst is on my right hand. My left hand however seems to be immune. I've gotten to the point with my eczema where I have no faith in my doctors(they know about as much about it as I do!) I am definitely going to give it a try cutting out milk! I'll comment again in a few weeks to say if it works!

Rhiahn 2 months ago

I got so excited reading this, thinking that I could fix my terrible eczema, but I havnt drunken cows milk for years and don't go near dairy products

Keshia 6 months ago

I actually figured out it was milk on my own. it would come and go, and it finally clicked (after 5 years of serious problems) that it was dairy products. My irritants are slightly different, cheese is the worst for me. Butter makes spots on my arms and legs; cream cheese makes my scalp flakey.

But i also discovered soy milk is just as bad a cow milk. And I found a study that says eggs are also a high likely hood to be an irritant. But the study also mentioned that if dairy was cut out completely, some people become anaphylactic to it. Yikes. No best solution.

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leilabarda 3 years ago from Marikina City

thanks for sharing. my nephew is currently suffering from the same problem.

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Frangipanni 3 years ago

Oh this is such a problem for sufferers. Thanks for sharing. It may just help many other too.

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Karen Ellis 3 years ago from Central Oregon

I've had this problem since my children were little. I thought also that it was due to stress. These days it is minimal, but it deffinitaly could be because I eat few dairy products (some cheese and butter). I learned something important today - thanks.

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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Soy milk is another option, zionsphere. That's what they had to put my sister on and it worked for her. (I couldn't stand it, but that's all she knew since she was a baby.) We're lucky to have many non-dairy creamers and substitutes available nowadays. When I was little, I was just hungry all the time but couldn't eat much of anything without setting off the eczema, allergies, or even asthma. Good luck! Just be sure your "dietician" isn't trying to practice mumbo-jumbo. I saw a dietician, and he refused to talk about food until I went through a series of reflexology exercizes. I tried to be open-minded, and I did 3 of the exercizes that confirmed in my mind that he was a complete sham, and left his office under his protest. Lucky thing it was a "free initial consultation" and I only lost 1/2 day of work. Good luck!!! But be careful out there, too. Listen to your own advice and what your body is telling you. Wishing you well, --Laura

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I've been having problems with it. I did as a child and suddenly about 5 years ago, it has reappeared. I'm allergic to milk, but still can use cheese etc. Maybe I should try cutting that out of my diet and see what happens. Thanks for the information.

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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

I've "outgrown" (learned to avoid the triggers) of most of my allergies, and only bear the scars from scratching the eczema). I still occasionally get exercize-induced asthma attacks and for a few years I've had a patch of eczema on the bridge of my nose (right between the eyes) and a corresponding patch above it just inside my hairline (making it look like I've got the WORST untreated case of dandruff. Unfortunately, eliminating milk didn't eliminate the eczema, but I keep searching for the culprit.

Soy milk is another one to try... Good luck!

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Goat's milk cheese is incredible. I still eat regular cheese but I watch the amounts. The milk is the worst: 1 glass and my hands start to itch and I start wheezing.

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zionsphere 4 years ago from Oregon

Wow. It's amazing how much of an effect the traditonal diet can have on our bodies. I've been thinking about cutting milk out of my diet too, because apparently in some women it causes us to produce yest? I really love cheese though, so it will be a little difficult to give it up. The more I read though...the more I come across stories like these. Maybe I'll go on a hunt for a good place to buy goat's milk..I've heard it's a lot better for us.

Muhammad 4 years ago

my mum had the same problem with me when i was a baby.i saw a diietcian and i was put onto a diary free has worked wonders ever since and i am now have to be very careful though, cows milk is in many things.i use (and have since i was a baby) goats milk, goats cheese, dairy free chocolate is a must when she gets older!get an appointment with a diietcian through your doctor, my mum found seeing one such a relief, because they are obviously trained in nutrition and set out a diet according to your child's mum was given a specific diet plan for my eczema and what i should and shouldn't be eating.i have it to this day and still use it!

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