The natural approach to elimination of eczema is vert similar to how we treat chronic rhinitis or asthma. The approach at EVND can include testing for specific immune responses that cause eczema, detoxification of the GI tract, and the use of specific peptides to heal the gut, and sublingual immunotherapy to reduce allergy reactions. Testing will provide the IgG and IgE food and environmental allergies to avoid and guide the prescription for the safe and natural sublingual immunotherapy to desensitize airborne and food allergens that cause eczema and “leaky gut.”
Eczema can result from exposure to common and well known airborne triggers. These include dust mites, cockroaches, dog dander, cat dander, trees, weeds, grasses, and molds, and sometimes perfumes and fragrances. These are found plentiful in the outdoors and can concentrate indoors, particularly in the carpet and duct work of a home. These are evaluated using skin and serum blood tests through common labs.
The second cause which must be evaluated and treated includes IgG reactions to commonly consumed foods. Individuals can become allergic and have delayed responses which also cause eczema. These reactions often occur in the gastrointestinal tract but produce eczema patches distally on the skin. Elimination of this allergy symptom requires avoidance of the IgG offending food(s). The most common foods to cause eczema include dairy, bread(particularly gluten), and yeast. These are the same foods that are thought to most often cause “leaky gut.” Frequently a candida cleanse with the concomitant elimination of the dairy and gluten can do immediate wonders for eczema. Testing is also available for this type of allergy response.
Combining IgE and IgG allergy testing provides the most accurate prediction of sources to cause eczema. Treatment is nearly 100% successful with combined testing and specific food elimination, peptide therapy, and desensitization with the sublingual immunotherapy.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
One of the tools we have been using in our clinic is sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). SLIT is a convenient home-based treatment for eczema and allergic diseases-without shots. SLIT works by delivering a precise, measured dose of the substances that trigger allergic reactions (allergens) to stimulate your immune system – but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction. Allergen extracts are placed under the tongue and affect the immune system through specialized cells that are found under the tongue. The dose of allergens is gradually increased over time. This helps the body’s immune system build up a tolerance to the allergens, which can reduce and/or eliminate your allergy symptoms over time. The mixture and concentration of allergen extracts in each prescription is determined by the ordering physician. SLIT may be a good treatment choice for eczema if:
- Your labs support a diagnosis of IgE or IgG based allergies
- Allergy medications do not provide adequate relief
- You are concerned about the long-term use and effects of medication
- You are wanting a different option to doing weekly allergy shots
Rhinitis, Asthma, and Eczema often present at the same time or in the health history of the patient. As mentioned already, “leaky gut” is considered to be a leading cause if not the root cause of these symptoms and diagnoses. Removing the offending foods based on allergy testing and treating the abundant parasites or candida does not always result in a perfect reversal of the “leaky gut” and thus the allergic symptoms. In studies to support or reverse the “leaky gut” caused by gluten in celiac disease patients, a peptide was discovered to provide some relief and perhaps reversal of the persistent and serious consequences of chronic “leaky gut.” The addition of the peptide called Lorazotide has been extremely beneficial in improving eczema symptoms in numerous patients. It is a compounded specialty medication that is available with a prescription from you Naturopathic physician.
As you work with your Naturopathic trained allergist you will see your eczema symptoms disappear and normal health skin will return.