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I have been diagnosed with Grover’s disease under my breasts. I had a biopsy for diagnosis. Tried topical ointment with no really good results. Any ideas?
Do you take or use anything else?
I also put in a tsp of Chlorella in the smoothie. I take vitamin a and d daily as well. but not in high doses, just one capsule of each a day. I did this prior to cilantro but it didn't seem to help but I hear good things about the A and D so I continue.
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I’ve been following along with the cilantro postings. I’m almost in a full “remission” after 5 month of my most recent outbreak. I am one of the cilantro lovers of this world, so next outbreak, I’m trying the cilantro diet!!! Keep posting the updates for those of you trying it.
@gardeningjunkie as always thanks for your comments. When you did your research into cilantro, you mentioned that capsules didnt seem to work. Did you happen across others trying the extract? Still trying that – going to give into a couple more weeks
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I read from bloggers on the EarthClinic site you mentioned and also surfed the net for info about cilantro helping diseases. I read this from a number of bloggers. It is used to treat a dozen aliments and skin is listed, although not specific to eczema. I went deep into a variety of postings and many mentioned that the capsules were not as effective. Still I ordered some because keeping up with the fresh is a challenge. Yet I have only used the fresh for about 2 weeks now.
i am still trying the extract. I have seen a little improvement but not as much as others have said – note my rash and itching has never seemed to be as bad as others anyway. I am taking a little more of it and see if it gets rid of the rash. I put a dropper full (note, that the dropper doesnt fill up more than a 1/3 of the way, so i have to dropper 3-4 times to get to a dropper full) in a small cup of OJ. I don't taste it that way – maybe a tinge. I can handle the same with water, but i am swallowing it quickly and then eating something to get the taste out. I travel too much to deal with carrying raw cilantro along. FYI – people in the posts above say a bunch or half a bunch (i have no idea what a bunch is equivalent to but seems more than one or two tiny sprigs. Good luck.
seth971- a bunch in my local grocery stores is at least 4-6 cups, which is probably more than 50 sprigs. I am trying 1/2 bunch daily, stems and leaves. I tear 1/2 bunch in half and put in blender. That amounts to more than 2 cups.
Have had very little cilantro, mainly in salads. But have found that 50,000 IU of vitamin A and 6,000 IU of vitamin D seems to have turned things around. June would’ve been the magic 6 month anniversary and supposed minimum for Grover’s to go away.
BUT I am unsure of the side effects (If any) of these vitamins. Was not concerned initially because all I wanted was an end to the itching. My back is clear and have some bumps on my legs, and very little itching on my legs.
Anyone out there know about or has anyone taken A and D?
frogger- One of the treatments my derm puts me on when broken out is Calcipotreine Cream, a topical. It is man made vitamin D which is used for the growth and development of skin cells. It is widely used for plaque psoriasis (which I don't have). I used to take vitamin D pills and found it made no difference in my Grover's. Google vitamin D toxicity- not a good thing. Many today take calcium with vitamin D for absorption along with vitamin D and are getting too much. My sisters doctor took her off of vitamin D as the levels were to high in her blood.
I have probably read the same blogs as you. I buy 4-5 bunches of cilantro at a time. My bunches at the local market are smaller at about a cup or two each. I immediately freeze them and about 2 cups worth of cilantro go into my smoothies every day. Once I'm out I just repeat. This way they never go bad! Plus they crush up easy once frozen. I also heard too much A and D can be bad which is why I only take one cap a day. There is such a thing as TOO MUCH of a good thing. 😉
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Thanks for the tip about freezing.
Thanks. Appreciate the freezing advice on cilantro.
Ok I just had my first cilantro smoothie. Not bad at all. But is ONE glass per day enough? Just wondering. @kimass1
I took my time posting because I wanted to be sure it was working. I have used the cilantro supplements for 3 weeks now. Originally I put triamcinolone on the Grover's per Dermatologist's instructions. After a few days my cilantro arrived and I started that. I have held it at bay. I forgot the cilantro for a few days and a few bumps appeared and itched. I restarted cilantro and they disappeared. I was also told to keep it hydrated and I use Vanicream cream, bought at Walgreens. Prior to appt. with derm and diagnosis I was miserable for almost 2 months. He diagnosed it within 2 seconds. I am lucky to only have it on the front, chest and midriff with just an occasional one lower. I also followed the advice of many on this site. I ordered men's large cotton t-shirts from the online cotton store. I had to wear them inside out because the seams were irritating me. I wore them to sleep in. During the day I only wrote cotton against my skin. In addition, I just completed day 30 of the Whole 30 Plan and have never felt better. No sugar, dairy, soy, grains, additives, and so forth. You can google it. I am going to stay on this eating plan for quite a while yet because of how healthy I feel. I was told I would miss bread the most but I got over it. I feel as if I am always on a caffeine high and I do not use caffeine in any form. I lost 10 pounds so far but any main goal was health. Someone stated you can do this eating plan if you are suffering enough and I definitely was. I am grateful to all who post and give suggestions.
@frogger as long as you're eating a half bunch to a bunch a day that should suffice. I have heard of others eating more, but not sure if it's any more beneficial.
I swear it was Vitamin D 5,000 IU daily that caused my Grover's disease 5 years ago.
jbd3 I haven't heard about your Vitamin D 5,000 theory as a cause of GD and now will pay attention if others mention it. A simple and informative and thorough site about skin conditions, including GD is the New Zealand Dermatology site. They also have the best photos of skin conditions which are helpful when trying to identify a skin disease. They list 5 similarities that those of us with GD have in common. I met 4 of the 5 criteria, the 5th being that most are male. I would be interested to learn if you met any of the listed commonalities.
I also see that you have often been prescribed steroids as a treatment. They didn't help me and often those who do get some initial relief find that once they go off the steroid the GD returns with a vengeance.
I’ve started drinking a smoothie in the morning. Mixed up yogurt, strawberries and orange juice with cilantro. Not bad at all. Also I have some 425 mg cilantro capsules. Will those work too? Any problem taking those as well as the smoothie? Bottle says take 2 per day (total of 850 mg) but I have no idea on the dosage. Thanks and sorry to bother you.
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