Originally Posted by MarineWife
Thanks. I also believe that sometimes we need to just leave things alone and let them work themselves out. Our bodies are amazing in their ability to overcome problems. Sometimes trying to eliminate an offending substance causes more problems, like the possibility that the use of so many antibacterial agents in personal and home cleaning products may have led to more incidence of asthma in children, especially when regular soap and water work at least as well.
Eliminating a food (like dairy) is not at all the same thing as antibacterial use eliminating bacteria and causing problems. There is nothing unhealthy or dangerous about avoiding a food or foods that you are allergic to- in fact quite the opposite.
The more you continue to expose a person to an allergen, the more damage it does- and the body will never be able to heal itself if you keep it in a constant state of reaction and inflammation.
I agree with letting the body heal itself- but you have to give it the opportunity to do so, rather than continuing to harm it.
Your OP asked if there was anything you could do to avoid or treat the pain of eczema... Are you asking if there is a way to mask the symptoms, or actually treat the eczema?
Have you ever tried an elimination diet for your DS? If it is a food, and his body gets a break from it for a while, he might realize how much better his body feels and then choose to avoid the food(s) himself.