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    Hey, guys..I know there are some of you out there that have suffered from eczema or psoriasis in the past (or present)...hoping you can help me out.

    I was COVERED in eczema since I was a little baby, it wasn't til I went Paleo that it cleared up. Poof. For good...till now, a few years later.

    The ONLY thing I can attribute it to is the recent addition of a whey protein powder I have been using in the morning. When it is hot and sticky, I just do not eat "enough"...so I feel great with the extra protein, but now I have split open 2 knuckles, my inside wrists and elbow crooks are a burning, itchy mess. WTF? I have never used this brand..but I am ditching it tomorrow after using it for about 3 weeks. I usually add a tsp. of cocoa powder as well...

    Any thoughts would be helpful....I haven't changed my laundry detergent, soap or anything I can think of!
    I generally avoid milk, but will eat some cheese or cream. I recently quit coffee. No major changes or stress, (kids out of school!) Nothing new as far as birth control, new environments...nothing else I can put a finger on.

    Anyone have reactions to whey?
    Thanks, as always!

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    Is your whey protein isolate or concentrate?

    Mark did a post a while back about this and said that the isolate kind is preferable especially if you have any adverse reactions to milk.

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    Thanks, Paleobird, I checked the pack and it has both. I could have sworn I have used it in the past with no problems, but it has been awhile...I *gasp* also used to use a soy protein, years ago. Maybe I am more sensitive to the whey now? (as I certainly am with wheat, a small amount immediately makes me look pregnant) I just have not had a reaction like this in so long...unless I knew for sure my Hubby used "his" detergent on the sheets by mistake or something easily remedied (or re washed). This has gotten worse..Hmmm.

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    You might also look into egg white protein powder.

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    LOL, I always laugh when I think of my situation as an infant,,,my Mom doing what she thought was best in the 70's...had a baby that looked like raw hamburger (her words) who was CLEARLY allergic to SOMETHING...but was fed formula...made from, yup, cow's milk. (eventually switched to soy-big step in the 70's) So this is why I am OK with not regularly consuming milk products, and why I think I should bring back the rest of my whey and get a refund.
    I have never been tested for allergies to milk, casein, lactose or wheat, for that matter, but clearly I should avoid. Never had any "digestive" issues either, (other than the hilarious bloating after eating wheat) just erupts in my skin in a fiery, itchy mess. And yeah, I nursed my kids, and they don't have these problems!

    Eggs I love and seem to be fine with, I just lose my taste for them over the summer, so the egg protein might be worth a shot. Although, I was *supposed* to avoid eggs as a child, interesting now that I am NOT consuming them that I have a problem! LOL, I am partial to the yolks, though..

    I may just go back to eating what I damned well feel like all summer. If its 800 kcals and 30g protein, whatever. I always get nice and lean over the summer, so who cares? I eat lots of local veg, fruit and seafood. The problem is I "evolutionarily" pig out in the fall and winter...lol..

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