I have published my new book on gluten-related skin diseases: gluten-eczema. It tells you about my experience with gluten-ezcema over the last 35 years. I have put my heart and soul into this book that I hope will helps thousands of suffering children.
In my Clinic I have been amazed that so much eczema/ dermatitis, urticaria and dermatitis goes away on a gluten zero diet. Always get blood tests done before going gluten-free. There is accumulating evidence for gluten-related skin diseases.
In my Allergy Clinic I have found that gluten and wheat are the most common triggers of severe eczema – but this fact seems to have been completely missed by most dermatology experts. Gluten and wheat are the missing pieces of the eczema/dermatitis puzzle.
Having eczema on your face is embarrassing, uncomfortable, painful and sometimes unbearable. I see lots of children with severe facial eczema and who have been unresponsive to all of the potions and lotions: so called “dermatological failures”.
Meet Declan. His mum says, “Yes, it is fine to put him in your book. His skin is looking great. This is after being on a gluten-free diet for just two weeks!”
He is seven years old. He has been troubled with eczema for the last five years, but it has been more severe over the last two years. He has been on strong steroid creams, antibiotics, antiseptic ointments and moisturisers – but to no avail.
His eyes hurt. They are itchy and have not responded to creams.
His mouth hurts. His lips are cracked and sore. It is painful for him to smile and laugh.
The rest of his body is also badly affected – being dry, itchy and scaly.
His blood tests show that he is gluten-sensitive and has a wheat allergy.
His mother says,
“Hi Dr. Ford, I brought Declan in the see you on Tuesday in regards to his eczema and you sent us away to have blood tests etc. You thought that Declan was reacting to gluten. I have taken him off gluten and his skin is looking fantastic, face is cleared and skin just about back to normal and it has only been four days. He is a different boy, happy and sleeping through the night. Looking forward to catching up with you at our next appointment.”
Kind regards, Mellisa.
My concern is that Declan has seen many health professionals, including dermatologists, who have never even considered the possibility of a gluten/wheat disorder. There are hundreds of thousands of similar undiagnosed children in our communities, who are unnecessarily suffering, when a simple dietary change could transform them. This is the reason that I am writing this book.
* Eczema is commonly precipitated by gluten: I call this gluten-eczema.
My purpose is to raise the awareness that skin diseases are frequently caused/triggered by wheat and gluten: gluten-eczema. The evidence for this book is derived from published medical studies, patient reports and my extensive clinical experience and research into food allergy, food intolerance, and gluten-related disorders over the last 35 years. I offer you help to solve your eczema. I hope I can help you get better at last.
A mum told me this in her frustration: “These medical people seem so negative about the effects of gluten. I don’t understand how they can deny the results! It is so frustrating. I do not “choose” to have Joshua and Sam on gluten-free diets. But they are SO MUCH BETTER. There is no question that they are sensitive to gluten.”
In my Clinic I have found gluten and wheat to be the missing pieces to solving the eczema puzzle. Learn:
* How to work out your eczema triggers.
* Why skin-prick-tests can uncover wheat allergy.
* Why skin-prick tests are hopeless for diagnosing gluten-sensitivity.
* What blood tests to order.
Yes, I do hope that this book can help you.
Dr. Rodney Ford
Praise for solving the eczema puzzle
What is new? How can this book help you?
Are you joking? How can it possibly be wheat/gluten?
“Please can you help me?”
Food and eczema/dermatitis are closely linked
Chapter 1. “It changed my life” says Blair
Blair is one such gluten-affected person. He was referred to me because of his terrible and unremitting eczema. His skin was itchy everywhere, it was red and angry. He was desperate for help. After just a year he is now completely better. He tells his story below.
Blair: my eczema nightmare
Chapter 2. Rebuttal – “I’m a cream man”
The denial of the eczema–food link. A patient of mine went to see a dermatologist for help with her child with severe eczema. When the mother asked if food allergy might be a contributing factor, the dermatologist leaned forward and said, “I’m a cream man”. In a single phrase he had dodged the food–eczema link.
Eczema guidelines often ignore food
Pediatric reluctance – belief rather than data
Chapter 3. Discovery – “I’m a food allergy man!”
My Clinic experience observing that most eczema has its origins from adverse food reactions.
I stumbled on the food allergy/eczema link
Reluctant eczema doctor!
Chapter 4. The Gluten Syndrome
Over the last ten years I have become aware that eating gluten has a major influence on eczema sufferers. I came to this conclusion from doing gluten-antibody blood tests on all of my eczema patients. I found that a large proportion of children with persistent eczema were reacting to gluten. The more children I put on a gluten-free diet, the more success I had with curing their eczema.
Sick, tired or grumpy?
The gluten puzzle
How can you tell if gluten is the problem?
Eczema blood tests for gluten problems
Chapter 5. The 3-step diagnostic process
Step 1. Check out your symptoms
Step 2. Get your blood tests
Step 3. Interpret your results
Chapter 6. Gluten/celiac blood test details
Group (1). Gut tissue damage tests:
Group (2). Gluten/gliadin antibody tests:
Group (3). Iron and immune function tests
Group (4). The DQ2/DQ8, The celiac gene.
Group (5). Other tests if indicated.
Chapter 7. Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)
Dermatitis Herpetiformis is an itchy skin condition. It can start suddenly. It tends to affect the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp, and back. It begins as little bumps which change into little blisters. It seems to be caused by tiny, irritating, deposits under the skin. These deposits are made up by a combination of IgA-gliadin and gluten (these are called immune-complexes). These deposits take a very long time to clear up once you have started on a gluten-free diet. It may take many years (up to ten years) before you make a full recovery. Most people with dermatitis herpetiformis do not have troublesome gut symptoms. However, most do have some damage in their intestine. About five percent of celiac patients develop Dermatitis Herpetiformis.
Previously known as Duhring’s disease
Dermatitis herpetiformis symptoms
Personal stories of DH sufferers
Chapter 8. Cutaneous gluten sensitivity
Marzia Caproni and co-workers have detailed the skin diseases that have so far been associated with celiac disease, and by implication gluten. In their paper, “Celiac Disease and Dermatologic Manifestations: Many Skin Clues to Unfold Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy” they include common skin complaints that most people do not associate with gluten-illness:
Dermatitis Herpetiformis Psoriasis Alopecia Areata Chronic Urticaria Hereditary Angioneurotic Edema Cutaneous Vasculitis Atopic Dermatitis Eczema They also remind us that enamel defects, delayed eruption, recurrent aphthous ulcers, cheilitis, and atrophic glossitis are gluten-associate conditions and that “the diagnosis of celiac disease can sometimes be made from a smile!”
Their important message is that any one with any of these conditions should be investigated for gluten-related disorders.
Skin diseases associated with celiac disease.
1) Dermatitis Herpetiformis:
2) Celiac associated skin diseases;
3) Non-celiac associated skin diseases.
Cutaneous gluten sensitivity
Chapter 9. Gluten eczema
Percent of symptom type in 347 adult patients
Eczema in my Children’s Clinic
Chapter 10. Wheat allergy
I do skin-prick tests on all my eczema patients
Wheat allergy discovered by skin-prick tests
How to do skin prick tests
Value of negative skin prick tests
Chapter 11. Children better off gluten/wheat
To help you get a better idea of how gluten can trigger eczema, here are few more stories of children whose eczema got better when their gluten sensitivity was recognised and treated.
Celiac disease with bad eczema
Recovering from gluten-eczema
Blood all over her sheets
Dry skin and worsening eczema
Losing her hair – alopecia
She was getting worse eczema
Think about the gluten-eczema link
Chapter 12. It is not all about gluten
Gluten is only part of the problem
Great nutrition essential
Gut and skin biome crucial
Wide range of food-related disorders
Chapter 13. How I deal with eczema/dermatitis in my Clinic