It seems there is a large number of food bloggers have food allergies, food intolerances or specialty diets.
I have had eczema for ever (runs in the family) but I’ve always been of the persuasion that if it was indeed diet related, I’d rather put up with it than give up the foods that I love.
For as long as I can remember, every year in November/December, I get eczema. When I was in high school, with exams and art boards due, I put it down to stress. But I finished high school and went to uni and it continued. I graduated 7 years ago and I don’t really have extra stresses at this time of year, yet it persists.
I think it could be a combination of things and some internet research suggests that I may be right. It could still be stress and perhaps the warmer weather. The sunshine probably aggravates it and then there are other factors like seasonal foods. This year, it’s been particularly bad and I make no secret that I adore and have eaten a lot of strawberries.
So I’m going to hold back on the strawberries for as long as I can (from today) and hope that it clears up completely. Then maybe I’ll introduce some strawberries and observe. After all, I do have to go strawberry picking at some stage this season. And there’s no way I’m going strawberry picking without eating some of the bounty.
And because I’ve read that tomatoes can cause eczema and because I had a bad reaction to a feast of raw tomatoes as a child, I will keep an eye on that too. It’s just too bad because I’m only growing 2 things in my garden this summer (aside from herbs). Tomatoes and strawberries.
Seasonal stuff that can cause eczema:
- Warm weather
Year round stuff that can cause eczema:
- Red wine (and alcohol in general)
- Spicy food
I don’t usually drink much coffee, but currently I’m drinking 1 or 2 cups a day to keep up with life. I’m not one of those people that need coffee to function in the mornings, but I do use coffee to stay awake later in the day. I’m going to cut back on this too and reintroduce it once I get better.
I tried to keep it under control with some natural remedies but they weren’t working so I bit the bullet last week and saw my doctor who prescribed a cortisone cream and fatty cream. It’s cleared up a lot over the last few days. It was really a last ditch, desperate effort but I’m glad that it’s finally turning.
So here’s to my summer void of strawberries. Boo hiss.