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I’m enduring the latest round of this relentless unforgiving monster. I see a lot of people out there asking if it’s, this or that that causes triggers. During my lifetimes (it started at 11) experience I can say you are probably all correct. Reoccurring tonsillitis was my catalyst, along with regular antibiotics to clear the infections. I didn’t have my tonsils removed until 30 something by which time the surgeon said they as good as fell out they were that rotten. Over time I noticed rashes would kick off if I ate or drank too much acid based produce oranges, lemons, aspirin, jams, dried fruits, honey. Now I was reacting to antibiotics, some cleaning chemicals (swimming pool had to stop) and different medications. I would also react if I picked up an infection of any kind tooth abscess, fungal infections etc. I did a little research (medical profession didn’t have a clue) and found if I could keep my salicylate levels down I would be rash free. But once my personal level had been breached, all hell would break loose. I would be covered in rash (pathetic little word for the damage it does) from the soles of my feet to the top of my scalp.
Your whole body is alive with insane itchiness, I can feel oedema due to the tightness and there is a burning sensation. I feel battered and sore once the swelling subsides. My skin turns from natural to blue, covered in these welts, I feel cold and shake. You can feel various cycles of an outbreak on your body. This is just the physical cost. Mentally it’s soul destroying because nobody can do anything. Even the medical profession has given up. It isolates you because nobody else understands the impact it has on you, your temper, your looks, relationships, employment etc. But you know all this, because you’re reading this, right?!
i think in years to come they will find a connection between gut flora diversity and your immune system.
In the meantime, if you get an outbreak, cut everything (and I mean everything) back to basics. Follow a low salicylate diet drink only water, speak with your GP if you are on any medications, bath daily in an Epsom salt bath (soak 20 mins) take anti histamines, and try using fresh aloe Vera on the skin. You will have to maintain this until ur salicylate levels are back to YOUR normal, which can be weeks/months then you can slowly and sporadically start bringing different foods back into your diet. We aren’t as medically advanced as we like to think we are. It sucks, but there it is. Good luck.
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