For some reason, the rash really bothers me. It is a constant reminder that he isn't 100% healthy. It comes and goes depending on what he eats. Everything else is going well and it is the only indication that something is wrong. I know I should be thankful that a small rash is his major symptom, but instead it makes me want answers.
Dr. Teich suggested it might be adrenal fatigue and said we could try some licorice extract. I found this licorice extract online. Researching licorice extract it looks like a wonder drug--only it's herbal. It is good for way too many things for me to list here so I will provide a link to Licorice Root Benefits and Information. Here is what herbs2000 says about licorice:
"Licorice has an anti-inflammatory, antiallergic and antiarthritic effect similar to that of cortisone but without its side effects. This is because of glycyrrhizin which has a structure similar to hormones produced by the adrenal glands."
I have been thinking about adrenal fatigue for a while now ever since a mother of a child mentioned it in the office of the doctor who was doing thyroid testing. Although unrecognized by most mainstream doctors because testing for this condition is difficult, the condition is a major problem for many people. According to James Wilson's adrenalfatigue.org:
"Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a "syndrome", that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level."According to the adrenal fatigue site's page on allergies:
"When the adrenals are fatigued they are less likely to produce enough cortisol to adequately counteract the inflammatory reactions, allowing allergic symptoms to continue unchecked.* People going through times of adrenal fatigue may notice that they seem to have more allergies or their allergies seem to get worse."
Signs of adrenal fatigue are: tiredness, allergies, arthritis, anxiety, depression and an inability to loose weight. Although my sons allergies are better on thyroid medication, it made sense that his adrenals were shot from the years of stress and inflammation. Dr. Teich based his diagnosis on decades of experience healing patients--not lab result--and recommended my son start with 100 mg of licorice extract and work his way up to 500 mg. Of course, I have started to take licorice extract too. It's not magic, but I feel better. Or it could be the nightly potato I have been eating trying to cure my sugar addiction. As I heard Dr. Hallowell say to a parent who was asking whether unusual behavior might have been a side effect from medication "Anything could be anything." That is what is so tricky about life.
For additional information on how to support the adrenals see Who Else Wants Help For Adrenal Exhaustion? Adrenal Support for Adrenal Stress.