Psoriasis and eczema are extremely common skin conditions but that doesn’t mean they aren’t unbearable for many of the people who suffer from them.
Some people with these diseases suffer tremendous amounts of discomfort, especially when the skin condition affects small children.
Hanna Sillitoe, an interior designer from England suffered from psoriasis and eczema for 20 years and it was pretty severe.
“At its worst, eczema covered my eyelids and plaque and guttate psoriasis [a type that appears as small, salmon-pink bumps on the skin] spread across my arms, legs, boobs, tummy and scalp,” Hanna said.
“Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease with red raised patches covered in silvery scales affecting my knees, elbows and forearms.”
In fact, the severity of her psoriasis and eczema was so bad, she was told her only treatment option was chemotherapy and it triggered other issues.
“As well as skin problems, I suffered recurring urinary tract infections, my blood pressure was dangerously high, I was overweight and permanently exhausted,” Hanna said.
She tried everything from wrapping her skin in plastic wrap to avoid it rubbing against her clothes to what she considers “every cream under the sun” to no avail.
Finally, Hanna started researching anti-inflammatory foods.
Hanna came up with her own, simple diet: She cut out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy, and wheat.
Hanna claims that not only did she lose about 68 pounds as an added bonus but her scaly and crusty skin completely cleared up.