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Dairy Products=Eczema On Hands With Bleeding

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I gave up dairy for a bit when going gluten free, and then had some here and there as an added ingredient in a product, and this past week I tried to go back to eating full fledge dairy products like cheese, yogurt and kefir.  I haven't been getting the increase in phlem like I used to get, but something returned from my gluten days...dry scaly hands that crack and bleed.  I used to have people tell me it looked like they really hurt, but really they don't hurt too much, they just look bad.

 

I've woken up and my hands look good, and then I'll have a Chobani Yogurt and a half hour later my hands look like an alligator's skin, and they've bled twice this week.  My hands and one patch of eczema on my ear appeared, and I have acne like bumps on my scalp and acne on my face.  My back aka kidney area also hurts upon waking.  I've also been bloated and had terrible knee pain.  As soon as I feel bloated it's like a mental shutdown.  I hate feeling bloated!!  My stomach will feel heavy, but I haven't gotten the big D from anything, so I really think I have a problem with casein vs lactose. Needless to say I'll be eliminating pure dairy products once again.   

 

I teach elementary school, and those kids are blunt and funny, and I've had more than one ask me what was wrong with my hands :P In the grand scheme of things I'm feeling pretty good, but alligator hands are not my thing, and since dairy is the culprit, it's goodbye for now!

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Wow.  Sound's like a clear cut response.  I wish all of our issues were that easy to figure out.  Gotta love the bluntness of kids :)

 

Colleen

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I agree that it would be great if all our issues were that clear cut!  I lucked out on this one, and I was able to pinpoint it because it was the only thing different I had eaten this past week.  I took some pictures today as I finished up the last of the dairy I had purchased.  The skin on my forearm is smooth, but my hands look leathery and as I said before they remind me of alligator skin.  I'm linking some pictures via this link: 

 

http://s1289.photobucket.com/user/POPT9955/media/Dairy%20Hands/1376298_10101144111553255_1519112948_n_zps8b803be6.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

 

No more dairy starting tomorrow.  I'm going to miss cheese on my sandwiches...oh well  :)

 

 

Wow.  Sound's like a clear cut response.  I wish all of our issues were that easy to figure out.  Gotta love the bluntness of kids :)

 

Colleen

 

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I agree that it would be great if all our issues were that clear cut!  I lucked out on this one, and I was able to pinpoint it because it was the only thing different I had eaten this past week.  I took some pictures today as I finished up the last of the dairy I had purchased.  The skin on my forearm is smooth, but my hands look leathery and as I said before they remind me of alligator skin.  I'm linking some pictures via this link: 

 

http://s1289.photobucket.com/user/POPT9955/media/Dairy%20Hands/1376298_10101144111553255_1519112948_n_zps8b803be6.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

 

No more dairy starting tomorrow.  I'm going to miss cheese on my sandwiches...oh well  :)

 

Yea, that's pretty wild.  Does dairy, like whey, for example as a small ingredient in packaged food give the same response as a cheese Sammy?  I'm curious :blink:

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quite honestly...im not 100% sure if whey gives me the same reaction, but I've noticed that sometimes after some processed foods my hands will be slightly red, but nothing like in the pictures I posted.  I'm only 7 months gluten-free so I'm hopeful at some point things will settle down again.  I think a true test would be to completely eliminate dairy, and then in a bit try something from the Enjoy Life brand since they are free of everything, and then if all goes well, test out a few products with dairy in the ingredients and see if that makes my hands red.  

 

all these years when I thought my hands were just super dry, I loaded them up with lotion which used to burn any time my hands were cracked and bleeding.  Now I'm finally making the connection they were dry because for me it seems they are a direct indication of something that's happening inside my body.  I should be thankful the eczema is mainly located on my hands, but that's a part of your body that's always uncovered, so I can never hide it  <_<  they hadn't cracked and bled since stopping gluten, but pure dairy products made it come back full force.  Hopefully in a few days when the dairy exits my system, my hands will look better!

 

i continue to be amazed at all the signs our bodies give us of something that's amiss, but I'm embarrassed that it's taken me so long to connect all the dots.  This is such a process and a work in progress.  I have to keep reminding myself...one step at a time.

 

Yea, that's pretty wild.  Does dairy, like whey, for example as a small ingredient in packaged food give the same response as a cheese Sammy?  I'm curious :blink:

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i continue to be amazed at all the signs our bodies give us of something that's amiss, but I'm embarrassed that it's taken me so long to connect all the dots.  This is such a process and a work in progress.  I have to keep reminding myself...one step at a time.

 

After 20 some years, I am still trying to connect dots.  You are not alone :)

 

Colleen

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