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Eczema Bulletin, Issue #034 - Gut and Psychology Syndrome
May 01, 2016

Eczema Bulletin, Issue #034 - Gut and Psychology Syndrome

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This is the 34th edition of Eczema Bulletin. It will bring you articles and news about eczema, and also any updates to If you would like to add any suggestions for articles or news, or even add your own then I would love to hear from you

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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes

  • May's Featured Article – Gut and Psychology Syndrome
  • My favourite eczema news article
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....reduce the affect of exercise on eczema

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Also known as GAPS or GAP Syndrome, it has been linked to many different conditions, including eczema.

The term was created in 2004 by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, who has spent time working with hundreds of adults and children who suffer from conditions that affect the brain and mental health.

The doctor has said that conditions including autism, dyslexia, ADHD and eczema are affected by our digestive health. So what we eat and drink plays a huge role in our health. This won't be a big surprise to a lot of people, but Dr Campbell-McBride has come up with a plan of how we can improve our health by first replenishing the beneficial bacteria in our gut. This will help to boost our immune system.

The plan is described in detail in her book, 'Gut and Psychology Syndrome', but the condensed main points of the plan include:

  • Diet. Suggests eating easily digested carbohydrates, as carbohydrates that hard to digest can increase the amount if harmful bacteria and yeast in the gut. Also adding fermented foods to your diet and eating home-made rich bone broths and vegetable stews
  • Supplements. Including adding probiotics and supplements of essential fatty acids and cod liver oil
  • Detox and lifestyle choices

This is a relatively new thing for me and I've read about it briefly before, but after looking into it a bit more it makes sense.

I'm going to have a proper read through Dr Campbell-McBride's book and see if the plan is something I might try. Once I understand how and why it works I'll write a more in depth article on the site.

I'd love to hear if you have made any changes in your diet or lifestyle for the benefit of your eczema, or if you've gone the whole way and follow the above plan.

Eczema News Article

A study has shown that there some similarities in eczema between humans and dogs, that aren't found between humans and other animals.

One similarity is to do with a certain Staphylococcus bacteria. In humans Staphylococcus aureus is the issue. In dogs it's Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.

The study shows that when the eczema flares up that there is a high rise in the number of sertain Staphylococcus bacteria. At the same time there is a decrease of the normal bacteria found on the skin.

They found that when both humans and dogs are treated with antibiotics that the eczema improves as the bad bacteria is killed.

This study was part of the 'One Health' research. Through this research its been found that some conditions are similar when in both humans and animals.

Tip Of The Month - Argan Oil and Eczema

Argan oil comes from the nut of the argan tree, mainly found in the south-west of Morocco. The oil is used a lot in Morocco for cooking and skin care.

Argan oil has some great properties that could be beneficial for your eczema.

  • Full of essential fatty acids. These acids prevent moisture loss from your skin, which stops it drying out
  • Anti-inflammatory. Reduces redness and itching
  • Antibacterial. Can reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin, and the risk of developing a Staph aureus infection
  • Contains vitamin E. Is a natural moisturiser, and promotes new skin growth

There are several ways that you can use argan oil

  • Directly on the skin. You only need a small amount. Add a drop in to the palm of your hand and that will be enough to cover your face and neck. Gently massage into the skin
  • Add to a carrier oil. You could add a couple of drops to coconut for a super skin treatment. If you're not a fan of coconut oil you can add it to any of your other favourite oils
  • Use on the scalp. If you have a dry itchy scalp, massage some argan oil into your hair and scalp. Wrap your head in a towel, leave in overnight and wash out in the morning

Try to use high quality, 100% pure cold pressed organic oil. It won't of been through any processes that strip it of any of it's beneficial properties.

Argan oil is very safe to use, but don't use it if you have a nut allergy.

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

5 Ways To.......reduce the affect of exercise on eczema

1. Drink lots of water. You need to keep well hydrated at all times, so when you lose water during exercise you need to replace it. When you have eczema it is even more important. When the body is dehydrated you'll find that your skin feels drier and itchier. Have sips before, during and after exercise to keep your body and skin will hydrated

2. Shower as soon as you can. This is something I find really beneficial. I find my face sometimes feels a little irritated by sweat, so I like to remove it as soon as I can. I have the water as cool as I can so it cools me down, because feeling hot and bothered doesn' help my eczema either. Also hot water can dry your skin out

3. Wear loose fitting clothes. Typical exercise clothing seems to consist of Spandex and Lycra. Great for exercising in, but not so great when you have eczema. They tend to be tight which means they rub on the skin. I tend to stick to loose cotton shorts and t-shirts. Granted, they aren't glamarous but they keep me cool and don't irritate my skin

4. Keep cool during exercise. As I mentioned earlier, my face can get irritated during exercise. If it gets distracting I splash my face with water to cool it down and clean off any sweat. You can also use a soft towel to remove sweat. If you're exercising inside try and keep a window open. If you're outside wear the right clothing, including a cap and if possible find a shady place

5. Use moisturiser. You can moisture before and after exercise. Make sure you apply it at least 30 minutes before you start, especially if you use an ointment. This is especially true if you exercise with equipment as it needs to properly absorb, so your hands aren't slippery. After exercise you can apply it after you've had a shower

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The June edition of Eczema Bulletin will include

  • June's Featured Article - Ayurvedic Medicine and Eczema
  • My favourite news item of the month
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....improve eczema scars

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


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