Thought I’d do a roundup of some of the reader reports that popped up throughout the past month…
After not achieving any success with the standard dermatological approaches, Mary has cleared up her eczema completely using the L. plantarum probiotic:
Thank you for the advice on taking probiotics for eczema. My dermatologist prescribed creams and soap alternatives and it didn’t seem to be doing much good at all. I’d had very strong symptoms of eczema since last September – including severe itching and bleeding. Since I’ve started taking the probiotics, it’s cleared up completely. And it just took a week. Could not be more grateful to you or to the friend who directed me to your blog!
Reader Gestalt reports that he cured his girlfriend’s eczema with the L. plantarum protocol:
Just wanted to report I put my gf on the L.plantarum after reading your first post about curing eczema. She has had severe eczema on her hands arms, shoulders eyes and lips for about 1.5 years. It took 2 weeks of the Jarrow’s formula, 2 capsules a day before it started diminishing. This is the best improvement she has seen in a long time and I have you to thank for this discovery. She looks like maybe after another week or so she will fully recovered at this rate. Keep up the blogging, I look forward to your every new post.
Janet noted improvement after just two doses of the probiotic:
I took my second L plantarum this morning and it looks like my hand eczema is already improving! Definitely clearing up. No itching around the margins. Number of bumps decreasing and there is just one small “colony” left in the flare that was at least 2 inches in diameter. I haven’t been drinking my homemade kombucha because I thought that was the cause of the rash, but I have realized for awhile that it wasn’t. So hurray! I can begin my KT factory again. Also, I am ready to start some other fermentations. I am amazed.
And Janet followed up that her hand eczema is now completely clear.
Reader T.J. seems to have made a major improvement in his psoriasis. Psoriasis and eczema are not the same thing. However, like eczema, psoriasis is a skin condition with a strong immune system component:
Taking L. plantarum probiotics has much reduced the severity of my psoriasis. We’re experimenting to see if it has an effect on arthritis inflammation as well.
And now the best for last. Out of all the experimenters, reader dojodelft definitely stood out as having one of the more extreme and intractable cases of hand eczema, which has been plaguing him for years. Despite not having a taste for it at all, he decided to begin a daily sauerkraut regimen.
One non-scientific observation I’ve made is that most success cases seem to come from those using the probiotic therapy rather than fermented foods. This certainly seems to be the case with the most dramatic reversals. As I mentioned, this would make sense — given the difference in bacterial concentration, doing this with fermented foods was likely going to be a longer process. When I first made my discovery, it was after having consumed fermented foods repeatedly for months, likely building up an adequate concentration. When I stopped (and the eczema returned), I took the probiotic and noticed results almost instantaneously.
Well a few weeks ago, dojodelft did note slow progress:
Though for me it doesn’t seem to disappear over night, slow progress is still noticeable. I’m eating kraut for about 4 weeks now. My skins slowly seems to heal. It started at my fingertips, then some small patches of skin started to renew (pink and soft )and now the deep cracks and groves are starting to fade. I haven’t had the crazy itch on and between my fingers for 4 weeks.
Well I’m now excited to see that his eczema seems to have completely cleared:
Though it is maybe early to tell… but my hand eczema has vanished… gone… as in not there any more. An end to years of torture. I can’t believe it. The skin is still a bit dry and recovering from years of insane scratching, But no more itchy patches and night time finger scratching.