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  1. Having problems with dairy is a perfectly normal thing to happen when you're just starting out on the gluten-free lifestyle. After I was diagnosed, and every time I've gotten accidentally glutened, I have had to cut out dairy because I was having trouble processing it as well. There's actually a scientific reason why, too!


    As you know, gluten kills your stomach's villi, causing malabsorption and a host of other issues. Because villi produce lactase (the enzyme that helps you process lactose), you may have trouble with dairy until you're fully healed. I'd suggest talking to your doctor if you can, and possibly cutting dairy out for a month or so. You may find that, when you ease yourself back into it, you'll have fewer problems.


    Also, "nervous stomach" is an actual thing, and some of the symptions are acid reflux and IBS. That might be what you're experiencing.

  2. Wow! I definitely didn't think I'd get so many responses.


    @ LauraTX - I'll definitely have to try the baking soda bath. The heat we're getting in DC is excruciating and a cold bath might just do the trick.


    @BassetteHound22 - I definitely stay away from benzyl alcohol and the like -- it only dries my skin out and makes things worse. How do the essential oils work? I'm not opposed to slathering myself in something if need be, but I'm curious what does the trick.


    @ Adalaide - I'll look into lavender EO because, if nothing else, it smells good (and I'll definitely stay away from eucalyptus -- I'm allergic to it too). That sounds like the best option I've got at the moment. And I can definitely agree that sleeping is better than being raw and in pain. Yuck!


    @BethM55 - I haven't had a single processed food in two years (since I was diagnosed), so no artificial dyes here! Also, when I was a kid, my mom took us all off of scented and colored detergent as well as all fabric softener. It cleared up whatever she had, but did nothing for me. I'm a huge proponent of vinegar and an an extra rinse cycle to make sure there's no soap residue, too. I also don't use deodorant (switched to coconut oil a year ago), scented lotion, and really any other potential skin irritant. It really boggles the mind why I have hives (aside from the gluten problem), because I've tried SO HARD to be good to myself. Ugh!

  3. I've been gluten-free for nearly 2 years, barring cross contamination problems. My only visible symptom is chronic hives, which I've had for close to 8 years. During this time, they've gone from small patches to completely covering my back, shoulders and parts of my chest and stomach. They drive me INSANE all the time, and even more when I've been glutened -- and today was one of those accidental CC days. 


    For those of you who get hives, what's your course of action for coping? Benadryl makes me sleepy, and not much else even takes the edge off. I'm allergic to oats as well, so oatmeal baths are out of the question. I'm at my wits' end; sitting at work and itching myself all over like a crazy person is not cutting it. Help!