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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?
My hubs seems a tad better. We are in Oregon and I must be making his smoothies SUPER strong, as I use 1/2 a bunch but it's a lot!! Way more than 10 stems/stalks. My question is are you guys (whom the smoothies are working for) still using steroid creams or has this eliminated the need. Thanks! I'm still hopeful.
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I do more than 10-12 stems. I do the whole bunch (about a cup or more) But no topical steroids anymore. I may try using less cilantro, but for now it's working so I don't want to jinx it
Steroids never helped me with Grover's. Like you I put in half bunch, about 2 generous cups. I read on Earth Clinic that one person whose original breakout was going on 6 years and was desperate began using 6 bunches a day and it has now gone into remission for the first time. The smoothies are definitely helping, but being cautious and keeping my passion for gardening limited to about 11:30 am and I work my yard in the shady areas getting outside just at sunrise and shower immediately afterwards. My skin has had no new break outs in weeks now and the breakout I started getting before joining the cilantro club is healing. Some residual itch but no pain, (pain was a major symptom for me which not all get. My skin feels like it has a minor sunburn, yet if I do sweat my skin stings/burns so it is not healed.
Several weeks of smoothies and Grover’s has left me. This weekend on trip and just cilantro capsules. Will report on how these do when trip is over.
I had a smoothie on Friday, then we went on trip. Then cilantro capsules on Saturday and Sunday. Went back to smoothies on Monday. Seemed ok. No bad effects.
Hey Cilantro group, I got back from Jamaica and the chef had cilantro waiting for me at the resort! I ate it raw all week! My Grover's only broke out after working out. It healed quickly. I ate it raw morning and night. Now that I am back home I make a smoothie with cilantro, a banana, 3-4 strawberries, almond milk, and 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter. The smoothies definitely taste better than raw, but raw is doable! My rash is 80-90% gone.
Cilantro Club: Something is happening that I never thought possible. I am addicted to the smoothies! Although I am still not a fan of the cilantro taste, I now realize how quickly a smoothie can be made with using pre-frozen amounts of cilantro, bananas, strawberries and sometimes cherries and blueberries. I am still using unsweetened almond/cashew milk with almond coconut milk and almond chocolate milk. Freezing the cilantro in small baggies is a great idea. Nothing to chop. Just smash it up while still in the bag and dump in the blender. Still including stems. Now I can buy a few bunches at a time and just wash and separate. My next step will be to add some protein powder. I'm still on whole 30 so no peanut butter for me. As for the Grover's, if I get even one new itchy bugger I increase the cilantro and add more liquid and banana to help with the taste. I have discovered that I would rather drink two full glasses of weak tasting than one glass of very strong tasting cilantro. My gratitude again to all of you.
Fantastic! I can make 2 glass fulls with half a bunch. So I drink one smoothie and put the other (in a travel mug with lid) in refrigerator for the next day. That amount is keeping the Grover’s away for now. My wife was skeptical of cilantro until she read about all the health benefits. Now she’s a believer too.
I been in the cilantro smoothie club for 12 days now. Still tough to swallow, but I am used to it. I have stayed with half a bunch thus far. Symptom wise, i frankly don't know. The itching seems to have been reduced – the rash not so much – i have lots of red dots as of late, but very few raised (never had more than about 8 raised). I have the Grover's symptoms with less rash and more itching – especially on the back. The red dots are underneath my pecs. I was thinking of using more than a half a bunch to see if the rash actually goes away but not sure i can stomach that much more cilantro in my smoothie. Want to get it in one glass vs two. Will keep you all posted. So happy its working for many of you.
Did you try blending with fruit yogurt and orange juice? That makes it actually taste decent…to me. Hope things go well.
Yes – i dull it with OJ and some strawberry banana smoothie mix. It tastes like cilantro with a little OJ and Strawberry banana smoothie mix. If i hold my nose, i can get it down in a few big gulps.
I just bought some more cilantro and will freeze a bunch to try it. I am having great success keeping it a week by rinsing the cilantro and letting the leaves dry and bit and then trimming the ends by 1 inch and putting in a jar with a few inches of water and topping it will a plastic bag with holes in it and keeping it in the refrigerator. I change the water every 2 days and it easily lasts a week.
I also am making a double batch sometimes and drinking the extra the next day as frogger does.
I am reporting my progress to inspire others, now after 2 1/2 months am 95% better. Hang in there if you are newly in the club and keep drinking the smoothy for several months before you give up. I am surprised I am not reverting because I am now gardening again, although coming in by noon to not overdo still the heat and sweat is not triggering a new outbreak. I don't care that the pink papuale scars have not faded. I still have a few dozen scabs hanging on my back lower torso. What I care about is that the itching and pain are almost gone. For me the pain was more intense than the itching. As I have mentioned I couldn't lay on my back or sit back in a chair. Even driving I had to hunch over the steering wheel. Right now I am laying on my back in my bed typing this.
What type of protein powder will you use? Most are whey, as cheese byproduct and I believe you are avoiding dairy.
I bought plant based vegan, no dairy, sugar, grains and gluten free. It is chocolate and I compared several cans of it. Made it this morning and I couldn't even taste the cilantro, but something was amiss. There was this little "kick" so I read all the ingredients again and it has STEVIA, for gosh sakes. In addition, it has "natural flavors", which is a no-no for me. I will give this can away to one of my daughters. I am determined to stick to my plan till I get to my desired weight. But, boy oh boy, it was more chocolatey than cilantroish.
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