A 28 year-old female came into the clinic with a chief complaint of eczema. The onset of her eczema was 2 months ago. Her eczema was covering more than 50% of her body, including her scalp, face, ears, back, torso, arms and legs. Her eczema was dry, scaly, red, and can be weepy from scratching. She also reported that the itching was affecting her quality of life. She has been seen by several dermatologists and was prescribed with hydrocortisone topically and cortisone internally. The prescriptions did not relieve her symptoms. She has had eczema in the past but nothing to such severity. With a thorough history intake, it was found that started a new job at a bakery 2 months ago. Her diet is a typical American diet, including pizza, pasta, packaged foods, sodas.
The treatment plan was as follow:
- Elimination of wheat and dairy for 1 month.
- To decrease inflammation: fish oil starting with 1g
- Probiotics to normalize gut function
A follow up call was made 10 days after the visit. The patient reported eczema was at least 75% resolved. She reported having to cheat on wheat three times.
One of Naturopathic medicine principles is to “treat the root cause”. By eliminating cause of the eczema, the body is allowed to return to its normal state. The prescription medications did not alleviate her eczema because it was an attempt to cover her symptoms but not getting to the root of it.