My most severe case of Dyshidrosis yet!

by Katrina
(Virginia)

I'm having a real bad case of Dyshidrosis this time around. The itchy blisters are on the backs of my hands (especially my left pinky!) as well as the sides of my waist, my arms from the wrists to the elbows, my ankles, and on the sides of my neck. It has been difficult to sleep at night. I find myself waking up every three hours or so to apply an itch reliever which has worked for me in the past. I used to cut it with water, but I will try using it full-strength for a bit to see if that helps.

It's interesting to see the Dyshidrosis blisters morph, joining to become bigger blisters as well as weep and ooze. I just hope this case subsides soon so I can get some sleep.

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Oct 14, 2012
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Diet controls Dishydrosis
by: Kelly

Katrina,

I feel your pain...I went through my worst most severe bouts of Dishydrosis a couple years ago. Mine was so bad that it included my complete hands and wrists...my blisters were so huge that when they would open up...the skin would slough off and the skin underneath was so fresh that it didn't even have fingerprints yet...it was extremely painful.

I started doing research and learned that eating a low-nickel diet could help...I googled "mayo clinic low nickel diet" and followed that as best as I could. My breakouts became much less severe...but the real turning point for me came when I was asked by someone who has Celiac disease if I had Celiac disease...I told them I had never been tested and wasn't sure...but what made them ask me?

He said that a lot of people who have Celiac disease have those same blisters on their hands and sometimes feet before they are diagnosed but that once they are diagnosed and then have to go on a gluten free diet...that they go away.

Well, I never got tested but I did decide to go gluten free because what could I lose? I have now been completely gluten free since Valentines Day of this year and I have to say that I have not had one single outbreak! I have never felt better...and it is such a relief to not have torturous itching and the extreme pain anymore.

I know going gluten free is kind of hard at first but now I would never go back...and believe me...I LOVE to eat and LOVE food...especially breads and pastas and anything breaded and deep fried...but believe me...this has been the best thing I've ever done for myself.

If you want to consider going gluten free I would be more than willign to talk to you about my personal experience. You can email me at nerklsob@gmail.com....you or anyone interested...just make sure you put GLUTEN FREE in the subject cause I usually delete email from people I don't recognize.

I wish the best of luck to you.

Katrina's Reply: Hi Kelly! Thanks for posting. I have found that most "gluten-free" foods sold in the USA contain genetically modified organisms, so I have been avoiding those as well.
Luckily I have not had an outbreak of Dyshidrosis since the summer.

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