Healing from the Inside Out
How Nutrition Healed my Contact Dermatitis
by Kylie Dowling
After 10 years of battling contact Dermatitis, I had concluded that this was how l would live the rest of my life, with painful debilitating hands so bad sometimes that l struggled with everyday tasks. And to say the least this was causing me to feel very low.
It didn’t start like this, it started after the birth of my first child, a bit of Dermatitis under my ring, nothing to worry about, an over the counter cortisol cream and everything would be fine……oh how wrong l was.
Traditional Treatments Didn’t Work
As the years went on it slowly spread in between my fingers, then on to the next finger, then onto the next hand. Eventually most of my fingers looked like swollen sausages, cracked and bleeding and frigging hurting. They weren’t always that bad, but always far from good. The cortisol creams got stronger and l must have spent thousands of dollars trying every cream and remedy suggested and visiting doctors and specialist. The last Dermatologist l saw suggested l give up work, get a nanny and cleaner and l might have a chance to get rid of it! I’m not sure what planet she lived on, but it wasn’t mine.
These are just some things l tried: wrapping my hands in glad wrap to sleep, wearing cotton gloves, emu oil, calendula, chemist creams and moisturisers, soap free products, cortisol and antifungal medication. Eventually I had allergy testing my immunologist recommended immune suppressant drugs! l freaked out!
It was my Gut!
And finally, through a detailed consultation with a nutritionist and correct testing, we found l had gut dysbiosis. I was then guided with dietary changes and supplemental support. And guess what? My hands started to clearing up! Although it didn’t take long for the inflammation to settle down, it wasn’t an overnight fix. l had to make changes and with these changes came the healing of my gut and therefore my hands.
I learnt some powerful lessons during this journey.
- there is no such thing as a quick fix or magic pill/ potion
- all health starts on the inside
- food is medicine
- I had to learn more!
This is my story. l know that there are many others with similar stories. If you are at this point or never want to get to this please contact me at Max Sports Physiotherapy Clinic (02) 89140508 or book online.