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Eczema Bulletin, Issue #024 - Eczema and Whey Protein
July 25, 2015

Eczema Bulletin, Issue #024 - Eczema and Whey Protein

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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes

  • July's Featured Article – Eczema and Whey Protein
  • My favourite eczema news article
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....have eczema friendly holidays

Eczema and Whey Protein

Whey protein is commonly known to be used as powder by athletes and bodybuilders, and it is also used as a food supplement.

It is beneficial because it contains all of the 9 essential amino acids. Because of this it is referred to as a complete protein.

There are mixed views on whether whey protein is beneficial to eczema.

On the positive side it has been noted that when a child consumes it then it can reduce the likelihood of the child developing eczema. It is also reported to work the same way, reducing the risk of allergies.

On the other side, when someone with eczema uses whey protein for any reason it can make the symptoms worse. I have read numerous stories of people who start taking whey protein and their eczema symptoms get worse and spread.

One reason for this happening could be if someone has an allergy to dairy or lactose. Milk is full of different proteins, but the two most common are whey and casein. Whey powder is made from what is left over when milk is made into cheese. It doesn't cause as many allergies as casein, but if you are sensitive to whey then using whey protein may trigger some symptoms.

If you decide to try whey powder, especially if you have eczema, keep an eye out for new symptoms and flare ups. If you notice a change and suspect that it could be the issue you could look at having an allergy test or find a dairy free alternative.

Eczema News Article has reported that a 5 year old boy from the UK who suffers from severe eczema, has gained a lot of support from around the world, including China.

Morgan Bishop's skin is so sore that he has trouble walking. On his 5th birthday he said to his mum that he'd rather die than suffer anymore pain.

The story reached China and people used the power of the internet to sent messages of support to him, and to share their own stories. Some even offered him treatments and invited the family to China so that he can have some traditional Chinese medicine.

Morgan's parents are currently fundraising so that they can take him for hydrotherapy treatment in France. They have raised £33,615 in two months, which is great news. Good luck with the treatment Morgan :)

Tip Of The Month - Myths about Eczema

There are quite a few myths about eczema. Some are daft and some can be quite damaging. Here are 5 of the more common misconceptions about eczema.

1. It's contagious. Eczema definitely cant be caught from person to person. There is no risk to being in close contact with an eczema sufferer or from using the same towels. You cant catch eczema. There is more risk for an eczema sufferer being in close contact with someone who is wearing a fragrance that is an allergen to them.

2. There is a cure. Unfortunately no cure has been found for eczema. There are stories of miracle cures and of how people have cured themselves, but these should be taken with a pinch of salt. There maybe ways to reduce a flare up and using certain products could clear the skin, but it doesn't mean that the eczema is gone for good. As soon as you use something that irritants your skin then the symptoms will likely return.

3. It's caused by bad hygiene. This is a ridiculous myth about eczema. Hygiene has nothing to do with how good or bad your eczema is. When we sweat it can irritate the eczema and make it itchy, but it is not the cause of eczema.

4. Steroids should be avoided. When used correctly and monitored by your doctor topical steroids, alongside emollients, can be an important part of eczema management. It is recommended that you use the lowest strength treatment that you need, and it is applied thinly. Your doctor will monitor your use and prescribe the best cream or ointment for you.

5. Bathing makes it worse. I've heard it be suggested that when you have eczema that you shouldn't bath as much. There's no denying that water can dry out the skin, which can irritate your eczema. We don't need to bathe less, we need to moisturise more. By using the right products, and not soaking for more than 15 minutes, we can limit any damage done to the skin by our bath water.

If you have been told any strange or bizarre things about eczema that made you think....really?? Please let me know.

Do you have a tip you would like to share? Let me know :)

5 Ways To.......have eczema friendly holidays

1. Limit alcohol intake. This is obviously for us adult eczema sufferers! Alcohol has a bad drying effect on the skin. Skin that is dehydrated feels tight and can get extremely itchy. I'm not saying don't drink alcohol at all on holiday, if I was saying that then I wouldn't listen to my own advice! It can help if you give it a miss for some of the days that you are away. On the days that you do drink you could alternate alcoholic drinks with water. This will help to keep the skin more hydrated. It will make your skin less itchy so you wont get caught in the itch-scratch cycle

2. Wear loose fitting cotton clothing. Tight clothes can rub on the skin and cause irritation. Check what materials your clothes are made of. I find cotton, linen and silk the best options for me. They don't make my skin feel itchy and keep me cool. Wearing layers will also help. You can remove clothes when you start getting a bit warm. When eczema gets hot, it gets itchy

3. Find a good natural sunscreen and insect repellent. So many products contain chemicals and fragrances that it's sometimes difficult to find a sunscreen or insect repellent that does more good than harm to your skin. I will be talking about sunscreen in the next newsletter. Citronella is a good choice for repelling mosquitoes It is an essential oil that will scare them off before they bite you, and it shouldn't have an adverse effect on your skin

4. Keep cool. When your skin gets hot and sweaty it can get irritated and itchy. If your holidaying in a hot and humid country it can sometimes be difficult to keep cool. As I said earlier, wearing layered cotton clothes helps. Drinking water is extremely important. You need to keep hydrated at all times, and it helps to cool the body down. The main thing I do is to take my holidays around either March/April or September/October, depending on where I'm going. I know that this isn't practical when you have children, but there is such a lot of choices where to go on holiday so even in the school holidays there will be places that aren't too hot....the UK is never really hot! :)

5. Make the nights more bearable. It can be hard getting enough sleep on a normal night, so when it's baking hot it can be a nightmare. Keeping the windows open is an obvious suggestion. If you are in a country abundant with mosquitoes it could the time to try some citronella, so you can keep them out. I always have a plug in repellent in my room. You could also put a mosquito net up at the windows and door. Also only wearing cotton pyjamas, or as little clothing as possible would be better. A simple thing I do when I'm staying in a hotel is to ask for a room on a high floor, preferably facing the sea. The rooms are cooler, and mosquitoes don't seem to fly too high...though mosquitoes aren't my expertise!

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The August edition of Eczema Bulletin will include

  • August's Featured Article – The Hidden Irritants of Sunscreen
  • My favourite news item of the month
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....get more Vitamin B

Hope you enjoyed July's Eczema Bulletin, and thanks for reading


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