After washing the blender often, I also discovered that I was allergic to all dish washing soaps and laundry detergent. It caused my hands to have various slash wounds out of nowhere. I only used Perla soap or gloves to wash the dishes. My family was in disbelief as they have never heard of such. But, I pushed on and the hand wounds disappeared one by one. I also shifted my soap to baby soap and used baby shampoo which eased the eczema in my body.
Lower Body Update 2 (Warning! It's a bit disgusting)
The eczema issues just kept on as time went on… To mellow it a bit, I used everything I’ve researched on the internet (mostly earthclinic.com), Apple Cider Vinegar Spray, Epsom Salt with Apple Cider Vinegar Baths (this made me very dehydrated and I felt my eyes drying but this also toned down the ooze because it kept my skin dry), Honey (external application), Virgin Coconut Oil (I believe the 2 Table Spoons a day made me fat so I applied after half a year, I applied this externally) and sometimes Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 Teaspoon). Because of these remedies and mummy-style cling wrap, I became capable of sleeping.
Photos (Click at your own risk)
- Lower Leg Near Knee
- Left Lower Back Leg
- Left Leg Lower Right Side
- Right Back Leg (worst part)
- Left Elbow 1
- Left Elbow 2
- Left Knee
- Left Lower Back Leg
- Left Front Lower Leg
- Right Arm
- Right Back Leg
After months of staying away with sugar, I actually felt good. I no longer had pessimism and mood swings. You can do your own research on gut bacteria and its effects on the brain and behavior. This experience has thought me that even the little lest things should not be taken lightly. In fact, it is these little buggers (and maybe cancer) that are almost invincible. Sometimes, we humans think too much of ourselves. (I know I once have) Yet, we are just temporary like everything else... we don't even own our bodies. But, I’d like to think our soul will live on when we die so perhaps our purpose is to gain wisdom that goes along with our soul. Otherwise, what's the point of living?
On October 11, 2014 early morning, I was rushed to the ER for diarrhea. Since 12 am, I had 20 watery stools and 2 vomits. My skin turned pale and I felt inflated. I was nauseous and had heart palpitations of 70 heartbeats in a minute. I was given 2 bottles of 100ml cipoflaxin as lactate since they found bacteria in my stool test. I also had an electrolyte imbalance. I had ultra low sodium and potassium so I was given iv supplements of sodium and potassium. I felt that my Apple Cider intake and Epsom slat baths contributed to it so I stopped from this point.
After my recovery, I began to change my diet to chicken bone broth soup with cheap vegetables from the market like Saluyot, Bitter Gourd Leaves with onions, garlic, tumeric and ginger. I began taking Centrum Multivitamins and Fish Oil together with my probiotics (any brand I can get from Ebay). I also ate banana almost every day. I also tried making sauerkraut and had been successful only once. On some day, I have kimchi (if I managed to buy some). My bowel movement became regular from this diet so I continued this for a year or so with cheating whenever I went out for food blogging or with family. Although I had maps of eczema still at this point, I was already raging with positivism that I think nobody could tell anymore. I also noticed that my skin is responding to sunlight.
On January, 2015, I went to a beach trip at Grande Island Resort and had an acupuncture session with Dr. Philip Niño Tan-Gatue. The beach I’m certain helped. While, the acupuncture prevented it from spreading.
It was a slow recovery. By some miracle, on June 2015 (before I began my review school year) my eczema healed. There were only visible bruises but I already wore regular clothes because I'm always for comfort. My friends would joke that I was battered and I just laughed it off. I was so proud and happy with the bruises after all I’ve been through.
By my graduation (on January 2016), most of my scars have lighten up. I can now eat regularly. I can sneak in a couple of sugary foods. I am no longer allergic to anything again. However, if I get exposed to stress (like my recent bar review) or detergents whenever I am in a hurry to clean up the dishes, my hands get slash wounds and the bruises get darker. I always take that sign to slow down. I couldn’t avoid getting slash wounds on my left hand for the past few months and I kept on getting flu from sitting down too much so a month before my exam, I bought Alive Multivitamins and Spirulina which I took together with my regular Fish Oil and Probiotic. They helped me prevent having a flu but the slash wounds wouldn't go. Lucky for me, there was none on my right hand which was my writing hand for the exam.
So that sums up my 5-year episode with my eczema. I’m not fully healed from this auto-immune disease but I’m pretty sure I can be! And, since eczema is common... I hope my realizations and discoveries help you guys too!