I suffered from dishydrotic eczema on my left hand for over a year, where nothing I applied on my skin could break the cycle of itching, scratching and bleeding. This is the earliest photo I have of my left hand which began developing over a year ago. It started just at the tip of my pointer, but with every round of itching, scratching, bleeding and healing, the area of the vesicles spread.
At its worst in July this year (2015), the top left corner of my hand was covered in horrible itchy blisters that were constantly in danger of bursting and bleeding, making it impossible to do normal daily tasks like washing dishes, or even having a shower, without bracing myself for pain:
However, the affected skin on my hand miraculously transformed in just 15 days to becoming practically normal after I began taking fish oil supplements–at triple the recommended dosage. I started this regimen 15 days back, and here is what my hand looks like today:
My skin is supple again, albeit thickened with the constant regrowing it was subject to. No more vesicles (blisters) can be seen, and I haven’t felt the urge to scratch in 5 days straight!
So I must concede that all my efforts at researching and experimenting with essential oils, blends and salves to help fix the problem were ineffective, compared to how well supplements worked. It has reinforced my conviction that it is well worth the effort to try and address chronic skin issues by looking at nutrition first, before turning one’s attention to topical applications.
Here is what I have been taking:
The recommended dosage is 1 x 1000mg capsule after every meal, 3 times a day. My thinking was that if my skin was already on the dry side in general, I was already lacking in essential fatty acids that areÂ needed to maintain a healthy mantle. So first I doubled the dosage, which did result in some improvements in my eczema, but it was only when I tripled it (so I was taking 9 capsules a day) that my skin really improved by leaps and bounds.
Another consideration was a possibility that I was lacking in certain minerals, so I have also been taking some multivitamins and zinc supplements to go with the fish oils. This is the multivitamin which I am OK with:
And here’s the B Complex and zinc supplement I take:
From what I can tell, it is only when I forget to take the fish oil over 2-3 meals that my skin starts looking (and feeling) irritated and inflamed again. If I don’t take the multivites or zinc, I’m still good.
I don’t have all the scientific explanations as to why this worked for me–but I really, really hope that it can help you or someone you know who may be suffering the same condition as I was.
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