For the past few years, I have struggled with a chronic inflammatory skin rash.
What started out as a small patch of eczema on my stomach, transformed over time into a widespread inflammatory and infectious problem where I experienced a lot of discomfort and pain. Some of the things I experienced were chronic reoccuring yeast rashes, mast cell activation, and atopic dermatitis.
I find it ironic that a person like myself, that has studied natural healing and so much about health in general, has suffered from such a wide variety of health problems the last few years.
I guess this is God’s way of strengthening me as I am completely determined to stay away from the parasitic medical industry and everything they have to offer. I am figuring this all out as I go.
Full disclosure, I am not completely healed but my skin is significantly improved. I have only used natural treatments and have spent very little money to get better.
I am not a doctor. Nothing written here should be taken as medical advice but merely my story and my results. I hope it helps you on your journey.
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To Fully Heal Your Skin, You Must Understand the Root Cause
Imagine the skin as a billboard to your inner health.
That uncomfortable, itchy, weepy mess showing up on your skin stems from infection or inflammation inside of you.
No amount of topical lotions or creams (even naturally ones) will fully get rid of the problem if you don’t address your insides. It will just keep coming back and the longer you let it fester, the worse it can be for your longterm health.
The nice part about your symptoms showing up as a skin rash is its a huge warning sign of your body being out of whack. Better to know that to let it go on for years without addressing it, only to show up later as advanced disease.
There are a number of things that could be causing inflammation. Figuring out the trigger can be kinda tricky, but let’s just examine some of the options.
1. Chronic Stress
Stressful situations cause your body to release cortisol, a hormone that is great for enduring an emergency but also causes your immune system to go haywire when left unchecked. A little bit is a good thing, but when the daily stressors cause chronic secretion of cortisol, you will find yourself in a perpetual state of inflammation.
I saw this firsthand in my own illness. I have been dealing with some mild, controllable eczema for quite some time. At first, I didn’t even know what it was.
2. Food Sensitivities
The most common foods that trigger the immune system are gluten, diary, eggs, peanuts, and soy. I had no idea what foods could be triggering this so I went on a complete elimination diet.
There are multiple diets out there but I chose the carnivore diet for 8 days to eliminate all yeast-feeding sugar. Then I switched to the keto diet for 3 months.
I also immediately ordered a food sensitivity test through Great Plains Laboratory. It took a bit for the results to come back but it turned out that I was HIGHLY sensitive to eggs, which I ate almost daily. It was no wonder I wasn’t seeing any improvement despite my elimination diet because I was still consuming eggs.
One thing I will say about this whole food allergy thing is to not despair if you test and it comes back your are sensitive to something you love to eat.
I had to be very strick and cut out eggs, wheat, and dairy from my diet altogether for about 6 months. I slowly starting eating things like raw cheese, sourdough, and eggs in baked goods in small amounts.
I still slightly react to these foods but it is no where near as bad as it used to be. As I work on my health, I have been able to eat these foods more frequently without having major flare ups.
(***Vaccine-makers use eggs to grow viruses for vaccines. When you receive a vaccine, it contains an adjuvant that makes your immune system react. I believe I can’t eat eggs anymore because traces of those eggs were in the vaccines I recieved, which made my immune system recognize them as foreign. I highly recommend detoxing from vaccines and staying away from them.***)
3. Gut Dysbiosis
Your gut could be colonized by unfriendly bacteria or yeast, causing massive localized inflammation which damages your intestinal lining. Over time this leads to leaky gut which means every time your eat, undigested chunks of food or pathogens can leak into the blood stream. System inflammation follows and it may show up as a rash.
I’m was pretty sure I had this problem as well considering I battled serious bloating after I had my first son. I was given IV antibiotics during labor and my digestion wasn’t the same afterwards. I probably killed off a lot of my normal gut flora which was protecting me.
I worked on improving my gut health for a long time, and did manage to control bloating through diet but I don’t think I really got rid of the problem.
This was later confirmed by that same test I mentioned earlier, which showed I had high levels of antibodies to both candida and yeast.
I have to share the disgusting but honest fact that I was completely infected with parasites. I started a parasite cleanse as part of my healing journey and passed tapeworms, whipworms, pinworms, and liver flukes from what I could tell. It was DISGUSTING!
4. Environmental Toxins
The majority of the household products on the shelves of most stores are actually very toxic.
Your body will not function properly if it has to use all its energy and resources to push dangerous poison out of our body all the time.
I wrote a pretty thorough post on non-toxic living so if this is an area you think you could improve, check out the post.
How to heal from Inflammatory Skin Rashes Naturally
The first time I experienced a bad eczema flare-up was absolutely miserable. It didn’t stop itching, weeping, and hurting for months. I also experienced widespread hives, also known as mast cell ativation as I started detoxing my body.
My mom wanted me to go get a steroid and part of me did too.
I knew these symptoms are my body telling me there’s in a crisis inside. Suppressing my immune system with steroids would make it go away temporarily but it won’t help me get to the bottom of what is causing it.
The more you suppress, suppress, suppress, your symptoms, the more you further drive your sickness inward. It starts out as a rash but then a few years down the road, it turns into cancer, heart disease, or something horrible of that nature.
How else would I know if I was actually healing if I covered up my symptoms?
So alas, I went through the slow and steady way back to health. It has been over a year but I feel like I am finally seeing some improvement and I have not taken one Big Pharma poison product to date!
1) The first thing to do is look at your diet.
Move away from all processed foods. Read labels. If there is a word you don’t understand, don’t eat it.
Cook with animal fat. Stay away from inflammatory vegetable and seed oils. Don’t eat olive oil cooked on high heat because it becomes unstable and causes inflammation. It is better to use olive oil for salads and to dip homemade sourdough breads.
Overall you need to up your nutrtion game. When you eat you should be thinking about ways to pack more nutrients in every meal.
Find a local meat farmer and go through a vetting process. Do they use GMO feed? Does there land have biodiversity? I know it seems like one more thing to do but you are what you eat. If what you eat is grown in an unsustainable way, your health will pay for it.
It is also helpful to grow a small garden so you can pick your food fresh which has more nutrients.
2) Food Allergy tests can be helpful
I used Great Plains Labs because their food sensitivity test also tests for candida and yeast overgrowth. You also can order these tests yourself without a doctor which saves you a ton of money.
Full disclosure: I did spent money on a functional health clinic. They told me I have mast cell activation and recommended a diet that was low in histamine. I found this diet to be very nutrient restrictive and didn’t get to the root cause of the problem. I didn’t want to eat like that for the rest of my life.
Functional medicine doctors can be very helpful, but they can also take you down rabbit holes that end up wasting a lot of time and money.
I am not suggesting never to use a Functional practitioner, however there is a lot you can do before you see one which means you can start spending your money on supplements to help you detox. You can always start there and if you aren’t getting the results you want, make an appointment with a profesional.
I personally ordered the IgG Food map, Organic Acids Test, and Mycotox profile.
I had high levels of antibodies to both yeast and candida, and had mold toxicity show up on the OAT test too.
It is no wonder my body is going crazy.
3. Detox your major organs
The first place to start with healing is to systematically detox your major organs. I would do this before you go on a parasite killing spree (by parasite I mean all harmful organisms, not just worms) so that you have an easier time eliminating them.
I started by doing a colon cleanse. There are tons of ways to do this but the first thing I did was weekly coffee enemas. I two a week. You can definitely do them more often and many functional medicine doctors recommend daily coffee enemas.
It was too hard for me to prepare and adinister them daily with kids.
I also did an epsom salt water flush once a week. I mixed a tablespoon of epsom salt to a cup of water in the morning and guzzled that down. You would be surprised at how much will flush out of your colon.
Other ways to clean your colon is with a juice/fiber fast for a few days if you can stand it.
This is where you make freshly pressed juice from organic fruits and veggies and drink only that for a few days to a week in addition to a fiber shake 3 times a day made from psylium husk, bentonite clay, and food grade diatomaceous earth.
You can also go get colon hydrotherapy to clean years of build-up out of your colon.
After the colon, I moved on the the kidneys and liver. Dr. Hulda Clark has some good protocols. I personally used her kidney cleanse package and then did three rounds of liver cleansing, one each month.
I also drink Juniper berry tea at night which helps to flush the kidneys.
4. Use herbs to kill parasites and yeast
You may be surprised to find out that most people are totally overloaded with parasites.
I started addressing this issue with a supplement called Parapro from Organic Olivia.
I just followed the instructions on the bottle and this really started the process of detoxing my body.
After I finished the bottle of ParaPro, I ended up buying the herbs in that formula in bulk from Fronteir Co-Op and making my own tincture. I did this to save money and to have enough for other family memebers and future use. A lot of these herbs also eliminate yeast.
When you start killing parasites, you can experience unpleasant symptoms known as a herx reaction. You can minimize this by going very slow with your herbal routine, cutting your daily dose in half, or skipping a day to allow your body to process the toxins they release when they die off.
I took GI Binder supplements to help remove the die-off toxins every night.
It takes a very long time to kill parasites. It can take months, even up to a year to really unload them from your body, especially if you have never tried to eliminate them before.
I also repopulate my gut with beneficial bacteria using this living liquid probiotic.
It is entirely possible to heal from inflammatory skin rashes naturally. It takes time and determination. You have to be willing to endure some pain and try different things to get your health back.
Because of my background as a nurse, I have a good understanding of the human body, so I am willing to do more DIY stuff to save money.
If you are starting from scratch with your knowledge about health and how the body works, this may not be the best option for you.
If that is the case I recommend trying to find a functional practitioner who will be dedicated to getting to know you, your lifestyle, and coach you on things to improve to improve your health. A good homeopath can go a long way too.
I hope this information was helpful to you.
Lastly, don’t forget to remember the promise from our Creator. By his stripes you can be healed. Claim that in your mind every time you wake up, throughout the day, and when you go to sleep.
You will make that promise your reality by walking by faith and taking believing action!