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Hi everyone, I have been a sufferer since the age of 10 and I am now in my 58th year. I had noticed back when I was in my late teens that a lot of foods triggered my break-outs and I can be sympton free for long periods of time avoiding certain foods. Unfortunately, from the ages of 11-18 I had suffered terribly and had a few dozen surgeries to completely remove the abcesses or lance/drain/pack the abcesses, before I realized the relationship between certain foods and my break-outs. Avoiding all red meats (beef, pork, lamb, etc.), all dairy products (butter, yoghurt, sour cream, milk, etc., etc...), eggs and gluten (wheat, rye, oats, etc.). So, my diet mostly cosists of turkey, chicken, fish, shellfish. and beans for proteins. I know that it might not work for all, but if you haven't tried, maybe give it a go and see if it will help you. ALSO, I have found, that if my food comes in contact it the slightest of ways with those food triggers, I will have a break-out.....SO, I treat it like a severe allergy to those foods when eating out. I tell the servers that I have allergies to those foods so when they cook what I order, it does not come in contact with my food triggers. It works out quite well. As it is some kind of food intolerance, which most people do not understand and do not take it serious, but saying "allergy", that, they understand....and I just leave it at that. Trying to explain these large pus filled lumps that I get if I were to eat those foods, well, is not something I want to share in a restaurant or over at someone's house for dinner. I hope I'm able to help, even just one person by sharing something that has always been embarassing and difficult to share and talk about.
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