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#1 Old 03-19-2006, 02:20 PM
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I've had eczema for a long time, and it comes and goes, mostly on my neck. But lately, it's erupted everywhere: my scalp, my arms, my torso, my neck, my back, behind my ears... and I don't think I can take the itching and scabbiness much longer . I've heard that milk can cause skin problems, so I'm trying to cut down my dairy intake. My questions are: Is that true? How does milk cause skin problems? Since not drinking milk, nothing has improved, if anything, it's gotten worse. I've also heard that tanning can help, but I'm not sure about that... I've never tanned before and I get really yellow when I tan... anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone else has this problem and how I can fix it. I haven't always had eczema, and I really want to get it under control, if not banish it completely.
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#2 Old 03-20-2006, 01:57 AM
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hi! according to one reliable source (, those who suffer from chronic atopic dermatitis have an increased sensitivity in general, and the most common causes of reactions with food are "peanuts, eggs, milk, soya, fish, and seafood."

my guess at the reason - milk contains many proteins and compounds that are normal to baby cows, but foreign to our immune system. because they are regarded as intruders, the immune system can go a little haywire and it can cause some local and systemic reactions, like you described.

you also have to keep in mind any new things you might be in contact with in general, from foods to clothing to personal products or shampoo or something like that. we are in contact with so many potential allergens every day that it can be hard to isolate one cause. but, try very carefully to think of ANYthing new you have been in contact with.

i wouldn't ever recommend tanning. one of my professors said tanning beds should be banned because of the ridiculously increased chances of skin cancer. i would also see a doctor, if at all possible, as it may actually be some sort of dermatitis infection that could be treated.

hope this helps!
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#3 Old 03-20-2006, 02:48 AM
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peanuts? really?? my skin's BETTER when im going through half a jar of (natural!) PB a day. schmeh . i figured it was like..the fats or something. each to their own.
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#4 Old 03-20-2006, 04:37 PM
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I breakout when I eat peanut butter.

Maybe the cleanser or other products that you use on your face can aggravate your skin.

Try neem soap.
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