I developed eczema on the back of my scalp and lower hairline after I received the DTap vaccine. Over the course of several months, I started getting dizzy often, my hands were shaking and a ringing started in my ears. I went to several doctors, had an MRI done to check if I had a brain tumor, saw ENT doctors, did therapies.... you name it. Nothing was helping until I saw a story of someone that experienced something similar, they did a heavy metal detox and symptoms went away. I tried it along with holistic approaches guided by my chiropractor, and all but my eczema healed.
I've struggled with eczema for seven years in this spot however, after having my third child and going through a severe round of COVID (two days after I gave birth), eczema started to flare in other spots, with the worst spots on my eyes and arms. It continued to be severe on my neck... so bad that it would puss and scab over. I also had little spots showing up behind my knees, on my neck and my chin. Like anyone that experiences a whole body rash, I was panicked and extremely uncomfortable in my own skin. It itched and hurt soooo bad.
Today, I'm happy to report that the spots on my arms are healed, my scalp occasionally get dandruff but nothing close to the pussing mess before and my eyelid will sometimes get a little dry. All other spots are healed up and never itch. Here's a fun before and after:
I get asked often how I did this so here are the steps that I personally took and the steps I still NEED to take and complete once I'm done nursing my baby.
I started seeing a holistic dentist and recently discovered I have three cavitations in my jaw where my wisdom teeth were pulled as a teen. I'll be getting those cleaned out and I am also working on healing periodontal disease. I'm looking forward to getting rid of those infections so that my immune system can take a break and focus solely on my autoimmune diseases.
Removing toxins from my environment and foods. This is an ongoing process. I first started with our food and it has trickled into cleaning supplies, clothing, our water, etc. You can't expect your body to heal itself when it's continually being bombarded with toxins that put it in a fight or flight mode.
When I first developed the eczema, I was given a topical steroid lotion and while it did work, it doesn't actually heal the problem. If I stopped using it, the eczema would just come back. Also, I learned about the side effects of steroid use and one of the biggest issues that doctors won't tell you is that your body can experience a steroid withdrawal, leading to severe eczema ALL OVER YOUR BODY. I had came across a man that was going through this and his skin peels off his body everywhere. He covers himself in bandages and is unable to work. So, I want to caution everyone when considering steroids as a 'solution'. The goal is to heal the body and prevent any future flare ups, not just mask the problem. I healed my eczema without steroid use.
I'm now slowly testing how much my body can handle for dairy and corn (I avoid soy at all costs and always will after learning more about it) without those two food groups sending my body into a spiral. I recently had a date night with my husband and we ate out at a really fancy restaurant. The chefs are from Sweden and of course, made Belgian chocolate creme Brulé. Of course, I had to try and indulge. My eye got a little dry and my arm itched for a few hours. The back of my scalp also itched. While I probably won't do that much dairy for awhile, I was pleasantly surprised at how well my body handled it. I share this story so that others can have hope that while you are working on healing and going through this major lifestyle change, it doesn't always end up being totally permanent.