I went to the doctor and he saw me for a matter of minutes and said that my cure was to use a steroid cream and then moisturise in between times. This was clearly not the answer to my problem, but he had my 50 bucks in a few minutes and he was onto his next customer.
I've always been against using medicines though and especially steroid creams. So i used the steroid creams once or twice but I knew that I didn't want to go through my life like that. It did improve my skin but at what cost.
I visited my local health food store and the owner saw my hands and said that most skin conditions are from gut problems and food intolerances.
I bought a natural ointment and left the shop. I knew that I could go and get tested but I didn't know where or how. I tried eliminating several things from my diet and to no effect. Where do you start? For how long? It could be anything?!!!
As mentioned in another post my daughter got tested not long after that and one of her allergies was to wheat and eggs. With that head start I removed them from my diet and all of my skin problems improved. My digestion improved and my headaches became less. I also haven't had a cold or flu in over a year which is very unusual for me.
Here's how my hands used to look:
You can't imagine how sore it used to be. What was happening was that toxins were trying to escape the body, and they would do by means of the skin instead of the digestive tract, mainly because of the inflammation caused by the intolerance.
If you have skin conditions its worth getting allergy testing done and even try an elimination diet. If you don't want to get a test done try eliminating things starting with wheat, dairy, eggs and nuts. They are the most common problem causers. Add each back after a couple of weeks and see what reaction you get.
If I eat wheat in a meal, the next day I have digestion problems, rashes and blisters forming on my skin. It's very obvious when I've eaten wheat, but less obvious is when I've eaten eggs. It takes perhaps a week for the rash to come up on the back of my knees.
The long term solution, as always, is to get to the route of the problem.
I've not looked back and I know you wont...