Granuloma Annulare/ Ezcema/ Psoriasis etc - food allergies!

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I've been suffering with bad granuloma annulare for over 10 years now and have seen several

dermatologists over the years, all of who have said there is no cure and it will go away naturally. However it has continued to get worse. I looked at various forums, many of which in the US, and saw that other people had cut out gluten and wheat following American doctors' advice. My sister is a coeliac (allergic to wheat gluten) and since it is genetic would make sense that I also might have some sort

of allergy. I cut out all wheat, gluten and barley a year ago and since then my granuloma annulare

has gone from horrible red rash rings all over my legs and hands to a barely noticeable skin colouredremnant. I think in another few months it will be gone completely! After cutting it out I also noticed I

was no longer constantly bloated, overweight and lethargic, so it seems the granloma was another

side-effect of a fairly serious food allergy. I have also discovered I have a dairy allergy so have cut that out also. I'm not saying this will be the cure

for everyone, but I really think doctors need to give a lot better consideration to food allergies and

skin disorders as I've heard from other people that wheat gluten or dairy allergies have also been connected with psoriasis and eczema for them. If I can also help anyone to avoid the distress that I have

suffered the past 10 years because I was told there was no cure and it was not a life threatening

disorder so I had nothing to worry about, when it was ruining my self-esteem and more importantly

when it seemed I have been badly allergic to certain food. I am eternally grateful it is not in itself a life threatening disorder, I do appreciate it could be a lot worse and I feel for those people suffering from such other horrible conditions, but I do not think that it is not a reason for doctors and specialists to

dismiss the condition. Especially as it seems it could be an indicator of coeliac disease which in itself IS potentially life threatening if not diagnosed. It would be great to hear from anyone who had the

same experience, or if you have skin conditions and do not know what to do to get rid of it I really recommend

discussing food allergies with your doctor, and subsequently consider cutting out certain food categories

from your diet and seeing if anything helps. This has to be fairly long term to work, unless you have only mild skin problems do not expect to see massive results in the first couple of weeks, but you may notice other differences in your body

such as weight loss or no bloating - you may discover you also have a food allergy! But if you do it

long-term over 6 months to a year you may notice a huge difference, as I am now. Best of luck to

everyone, hope you find something that works!

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    i have granulomaannulare as well but mines seem to be different. I have read many forums and everyone seems to have the bumps for years, but my case is different. Every so often i would get the bumps on my skin for about two or three hours, and then they would just vanish. So i don't know if it's my immune system why it is so short, but i think it would naturally go away

     

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      Hi, it sounds like it's not GA then... it's a permanent immune disorder so they wouldn't go away that quickly. Maybe rosacea or something... `i'd get a second dermatologist opinion as that doesn't sound right at all...
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      Ok so although I have had the issue on and off over the years, the other night while sleeping I woke to go use the bathroom, something made me touch the back of my leg where mine are located and one of my areas had  become raised to the point where I thought is was a massive mosguito bite, I actually got a mirror out to look at it and I was horrified, I put the cream my doctor has me using and pretty much piled in on there and went to bed. In the morning it was flat again but red like prior. I have never had that happen before or since. 
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      Hi Cynthia! Yes I get the same often, especially on my hand. It tends to be if I'm around dust etc or if I eat something I'm intoelerant to, a certain part of it will flare up for a couple of hours. It becomes raised like a rash and really itchy, then subsides after a while. It's normal in my experience so don't worry! Occasionally for me it's just before that part of the GA either becomes worse or better, the reaction sometimes changes the appearance. Hope that is some help!
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    Thank-you so much for your well written piece. I suspect wheat and will try going without.  Also, I agree that doctors tend to dismiss GA, saying it will go away on it's own. 
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    Hi Linzdg,

    I had never heard of a low histamine diet or histamine intolerance so I looked it up and definitely most of the foods (but not all) on my intolerance list are also high histamine foods so it's definitely possible that this is part of the reason for the improvement in the GA.  We have been eating mostly low carb whole foods for a couple of years and that is virtually nothing packaged or canned - basically fresh whole foods.  We do have dairy but none of the low fat things - milk, yogurt, etc.  We have cream, sour cream & cheeses, very little sugar, flour, no cereals, etc and the improvement did not start until I eliminated those specific foods that I mentioned so it's hard to know if the problem is those foods or that several of them are high histamine.

    Again, thanks for your posts and comments!  Very helpful.  Right now, I'm pretty convinced that anyone with GA should try eliminating gluten first and dairy 2nd if eliminating gluten doesn't take care of the problem.  Neither of these were my problem but mine is definitely food sensitivities or allergies that I would never have discovered on my own without the intolerance test.

    Like others, I've been to 2 dermatologists who both gave me the "party line" on GA (diagnosed by biopsy) - don't know what causes it, no cure, etc.  If it had not been for your post and a very few others who mentioned that it cleared up when they discovered an allergy to wheat or dairy or some other substance.

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    My son has it and I cured him. I have herbal tea that I grow and it vanished. 
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      Hi Susan,

      Would you be willing to share your herbal tea recipe with us?  Plus how much and how many times per day?

      Thanks!  Patty

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    Great post! I had cut out a lot of Gluten from my diet due to severe IBS but was tested for the allergy and was negative. I probably need to just go ahead and go gluten free regardless but it is hard giving up some of the foods I enjoy. I am just bummed, I don't want to get into taking medicine that may have side effects but at the same time I just can't stand this. Mine are small right now, just on the backs of both legs and inner thigh/under arm areas but after reading some of these posts I am scared they will get worse and grow in size and location. They are just ugly and your right I wish the the dermatologists would take a different approach rather than shrug it off like it is no big deal.. let one of them get them and see how they feel. 
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      Hi Cynthia, I'm wondering how you are doing with your GA. I also have it in the same areas that you do. I first noticed spot under my armpit and it has grown into a beast all over my body ever since. Please let me know if you were able to get rid of the jeep a through diet and elimination of histamine foods. I'm already gluten-free/ dairy free & so far it hasn't changed.

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