This is part of a series of posts about Penny's eczema story. To start at the beginning, go here.
Before Dr. Aron, searching for eczema triggers almost drove me insane. Some days it seemed that everything Penny touched or ate could be a trigger. With 10 foods that we have to avoid even traces of, I'm always hesitant to pull yet another food from Penny's diet. And it was so hard to know for sure if a food was really the cause of a flare when her skin was never clear for more than a few days at a time. Yet some foods really seemed to be a problem.
Now that Penny's skin is usually clear, we've been trying a few foods on the suspect list.
It is never safe to challenge a food that has caused a reaction such as a red face, hives, vomiting, or facial swelling at home. We are only challenging foods that were possible eczema triggers.
First was cod liver oil. Not too exciting, but a supplement that I feel she needs. Her skin tolerated it.
Next, was blueberries. Yesterday, Penny ate a bowlful with her lunch. She ate another bowlful with her dinner. By bedtime, her skin was still clear.
This morning, still not a sign of eczema.
Many of Dr. Aron's patients have noted that they were able to pinpoint true triggers once his treatment cleared the skin. Whether it's due to healed skin becoming less reactive, or simply not blaming the wrong trigger for a flare, we are all excited when we get to add foods and experiences back to our lives.
Blueberry muffins, smoothies, and pancakes, here we come!