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Dry fingers and heels

Posted by Peggy on February 13, 1999 at 20:22:16:

Walt,

I posted a few weeks ago about all the improvements I've had in the past 6 months since my SR/exercise/diet. (My original inspiration was ulcerative colitis.) A problem I'm still having, though, is EXCESSIVELY dry fingers and heels. This is not normal, everyday dryness. It's the fingers that really bother me. It's worse on my right forefinger and thumb. In some areas, the lines on the skin are so exaggerated that they are cracks (but not bleeding) and dirt is trapped in the cracks, so they look dirty. The odd thing is that sometimes they get better and almost completely heal up, then they go back and dry out again.

Am I deficient in something?

At my wit's end,

Peggy





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Re: Dry fingers and heels (Essential Oils)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 14, 1999 at 08:08:15:

In Reply to: Dry fingers and heels posted by Peggy on February 13, 1999 at 20:22:16:

Dear Peggy,

See the note on the home page about essential oils.

THEN, while you are waiting for that to work (3-6 months) you could use the anhydrous lanolin I have described for this condition a few months ago.

Your pharmacist keeps it in the back and it is very inexpensive. Have him give you a couple of ounces in a jar (That will be more than enough. It NEVER gets old). THEN, about twice a day, massage a very small amount into the area involved. I have yet to see anyone who didn't use too much at first.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



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Re: Dry fingers and heels

Posted by Lincoln on February 14, 1999 at 19:28:07:

In Reply to: Dry fingers and heels posted by Peggy on February 13, 1999 at 20:22:16:

>Am I deficient in something?<

Like Dr Stoll said, good chance it's essential fatty acids. If you are on a very low-fat diet then it is almost a certainty. Try to find some "Udo's Choice Essential Oils" or "Spectrum EFA Oil" in the refridgerated section of a health food store. EFA gel capsules are another choice if you can't find fresh essential oils.




Anhydrous Lanolin

Posted by Peggy on February 14, 1999 at 19:52:54:

In Reply to: Re: Dry fingers and heels (Essential Oils) posted by Walt Stoll on February 14, 1999 at 08:08:15:

Having trouble finding the anhydrous lanolin...found the "hydrous" though. Is anhydrous lanolin the same thing as just pure lanolin?

Peggy


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Re: Anhydrous Lanolin

Posted by Sara on February 14, 1999 at 20:24:41:

In Reply to: Anhydrous Lanolin posted by Peggy on February 14, 1999 at 19:52:54:

Peggy,

I used to use both types when my children were babies and I was breastfeeding; I used it for sore nipples. If I remember right, hydrous lanolin has water in it, and anhydrous doesn't. Whether one is better or not, I don't know.

Sara



Re: Anhydrous Lanolin

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 15, 1999 at 07:14:43:

In Reply to: Anhydrous Lanolin posted by Peggy on February 14, 1999 at 19:52:54:

Hi, Peggy.

The anhydrous lanolin will not be out where you can see it, it is back behind the pharmacist and you have to ask for it. Too few people know how to use it for the pharmacist to make any money leaving it out on the shelf. Besides, it is much too inexpensive to make any money from. It is a "service" for any pharmacist to keep it in his shop (other than the fact that "compounding Pharmacists"--------those who still have the skill and inclination to mix stuff up to the order of any doc who knows enough how to order stuff---would need it for some formulations).

The anhydrous lanolin is the pure stuff. Since that is what your skin needs, it is the least expensive way to get it. The hydrous is partly water and so you are buying water for the price of lanolin. It just won't go so far since you only need the lanolin and not the water.

Walt



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Re: Anhydrous Lanolin

Posted by Peggy on February 15, 1999 at 14:02:16:

In Reply to: Re: Anhydrous Lanolin posted by Walt Stoll on February 15, 1999 at 07:14:43:

I do ask the pharmacists for it and they all say they don't have it and send me out to look on the shelves.

Peggy



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Re: Anhydrous Lanolin (Compounding is a service.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 16, 1999 at 11:21:00:

In Reply to: Re: Anhydrous Lanolin posted by Peggy on February 15, 1999 at 14:02:16:

Dear Peggy,

Let me know if you ever find it on the shelves.

Pharmacists routinely complain about learning to "compound" remedies in school and then, when they get out, never get to do anything but count pills (since that is where the money is).

However, when anyone actually asks them to BE a real pharmacist for once, they duck & don't do it (sigh). Go to the most old fashioned pharmacy in town and there you wil likely find it. You will STILL have to ask the pharmacist.

Walt



Re: Anhydrous Lanolin (will it help me, Dr. Stoll?)

Posted by Rosemarie on February 18, 1999 at 01:25:43:

In Reply to: Re: Anhydrous Lanolin posted by Walt Stoll on February 15, 1999 at 07:14:43:

Dear Dr. Stoll

I have had a rash around my eyelids for over 8 months now. It started on one eyelid then spread to the other and around to the lower lid. It was scaly at first but lately is only reddish and feels "sandy". Itching is not a problem...no oozing ever. It just looks bad and is there for everyone to see!

Would the anhydrous lanolin help? Most creams and lotions I've tried have made it worse. I've taken EPA fish oil, Primrose oil, Borage oil, Echinacea, homeopathic remedies, done juice fasting...to name just a few. My normal diet for years has been large assortment of grains, brown rice, beans, fruits, vegetables, occasional meat, fish, no dairy. I'm presently trying 4 cups of nettle tea a day (According to Austrian herbalist Maria Treben) I'm running out of options!!!!
I just refuse to believe that I can't cure this even if it is eczema which I suspect.

I'm new to your wonderful board (referred to it from ER4YT BB) but have been reading the messages for about a month hoping to find a solution. Alternative/complimentary medecine is not new to me, but this rash has me stumped. BTW, it is not from makeup, I have stopped wearing even mascara.

I really hope you or someone on this board can help.

Thanks!
Rosemarie




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Re: Anhydrous Lanolin (will it help me, Dr. Stoll?) (addendum)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 19, 1999 at 13:28:29:

In Reply to: Re: Anhydrous Lanolin (will it help me, Dr. Stoll?) posted by Rosemarie on February 18, 1999 at 01:25:43:

Dear Rosemarie,

ALMOST CERTAINLY, this is from your makeup. I KNOW you have gotten away from it BUT, it takes at least 6 months for the skin to re-establish the normal "barrier" to other chemicals in the environment once that barrier is broken.

Even normal bath soap, the ambient household chemicals (the average person in this culture is exposed to hundreds of them in a normal day), laundry residue in the clothes, etc., etc., ALL contribute to this rash continuing.

This is akin to the well known condition called "housewife's dermatitis" and has to be addresssed the same way. Be happy that this is not so severe as the housewife's dermatitis but that is only because one's hands are much more in contact with all this stuff than the eyelids are. You MUST check yourself to make sure you do not have an unconscious habit of touching your eyes with your hands.

You are going to need to make your house as chemically free as you possibly can. Any good MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) group could help you with that. See my many notes about that in the archives AND connect to at least one of them (I even think we have a link on our link page for that).

NEXT, you need to get OTC cortisone cream & apply it sparingly & rub in well at least 3 times a day until this is clear for a week or so.

THEN, if you ever have a flareup you need to do the cortisone cream again. It also means that you have inadvertantly been exposed to another chemical or chemicals (topically on your eyelids).

Let us all know how you do since there are an increasing # of people in the country that are geting this.

In the future, if you are going to do the eye makeup thing again, you are going to have to only use hypoallergenic stuff----probably forever.

NOW, how come I can make this diagnosis and effective treatment without even seeing you?

BY THE WAY, THE ANHYDROUS LANOLIN WILL NOT HELP THIS.

Walt


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Re: Anhydrous Lanolin (will it help me, Dr. Stoll?) Right on!

Posted by Rosemarie on February 19, 1999 at 23:27:51:

In Reply to: Re: Anhydrous Lanolin (will it help me, Dr. Stoll?) (addendum) posted by Walt Stoll on February 19, 1999 at 13:28:29:

Dear Dr. Stoll,

Thanks so much for taking the time to address my particular problem. You've made me rethink my situation.

I had ruled out contact dermatitis very early on because I was using only mascara and some eyeliner (pencil type). Both hypo-allergenic. My washpowder for years has been All's hypo-allergenic, or something similar. I used Ivory to wash my face and olive oil for moisturizing. Still, there are those times when shampoo and conditioner is running down my face...

And then you said something that I hadn't thought about - the touching of the eye area. That is something I do alot. It goes back to a time when my eyes tended to be extremely dry and instead of relying on eye drops, I discovered that when I massage the area around my eyes (gently) it lubricates them in a natural sort of way. But, of course, I don't wash my hands every time I do it. This is a very important point! Once the rash appeared, I was constantly touching it to see if it was getting worse or better!

I did use the OTC cortisone cream, occasionally, but having heard so much about the side effects of cortisone I was afraid to use it for more than a few days.

I will follow your suggestions and let you know how things are going.

Again, thank you so much. You're doing a great service with your BB and all the info on your site. I enjoy reading the daily posts. Maybe some day I can help someone else.

Rosemarie



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