We have now done three LDA shots and our next one is in a couple weeks. Our experience thus far has been positive; however, we did hope for more success than we've had. Our son's eczema is still a daily issue, but not nearly what it was six months ago. He was covered head to toe and had very thick raised patches on his legs and the bottoms of his feet, those are all gone. His hands and feet were always cracked open and that is also gone. Prior to starting LDA, we did 1 month of nystatin and diflucan, he's still on both meds. Treating him for yeast overgrowth has been HUGE! So, I do believe that our improvement is not only from LDA, but it's definitely a contributing factor. Also, yeast does interfere with the treatment and I think our son's yeast was so out of control that it may have at least affected the first shot, but maybe the second as well. We just recently have been able to feed him fruit again, up until about a month ago, if he ate any kind of fruit, he'd wake up with major flakey, dry skin.
So, how the LDA works is you get one shot for foods and one shot for environmental that has about 300 different things it in at an extremely low dose, much, much lower than what's in an allergy shot, and you're teaching your body not to react it. Basically, retraining your immune system. My son has gotten just a half dose of the food shot, this is typically effective for most people, but we're probably going to go the full dose next time. We're also probably going to start our second son, who is 7.5 months, on it this next time. He doesn't have eczema, but he does have abnormal looking poops and spits a fare share, so it's kind of preemptive. It's also supposed to be more effective on babies and children, because their immune systems are developing.
The diet is challenging, but it is for 3 days, and this will probably sound awful, but all our son eats during that time are lamb burgers, cooked with plain sea salt and filtered water. He can't have any supplements at the time or lotion. He does just fine with it, though.
I talked to someone before we started this who has been doing it for both her daughters and she swears by it. They are located in Washington state, if anyone is interested, there is doctor there that does LDA. But we met her when she was up here visiting and they had been doing it for over a year and couldn't say enough good things about it. We do think we are on the right track and there's other patients in the Wasilla area that have really seen great success with it. So, the only negative, in my opinion, is the price. I can't really complain, though, because insurance doesn't cover it and so most people pay out of pocket, but out doc splits the price in half (half visit, half shot) so that some of it is covered. It is something long-term, that you may have to get once year to maintain its effectiveness, it's a case by case basis.
If anyone has any other questions, let me know. I'll update after our next shot, too. We're headed to Hawaii after the shot for a few weeks
so, I'm hoping that helps out, too. I really think the last piece to our eczema puzzle is an overgrowth of bacteria (staph specifically) on his skin and we need some saltwater, heat, and sun to clear it up, so we'll find out soon if that theory is right or not....it's always a guessing game....Breanna