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  1. PLEASE HELP I did the Whole30 in September 2016. Shortly after I completed the Whole30, I started getting hives every time I would work out. I started at a new gym at the same time so I thought for a long time that I was allergic to something they were cleaning the gym with. It has taken me until now to realize that the Whole30 could have uncovered something I am intolerant to and I still get hives every single time I work out. It takes somewhere between 1-2 hours for the hives to go away. Has anyone had a similar problem? I'm sure it's a food allergy, but the fact that it's only triggered when I work out is what is stumping me. Any advice is welcome. Thank you!
  2. Wrapped up my first Whole30 in October and reintroduced legumes on Oct 31st: peanut butter, hummus and black beans — probably 2T of each. I thought it would be an easy first re-intro because I didn’t think these foods bothered me... (haaaa) That day I was super bloated, the next day I had small dry, itchy patches on my ear lobes and a couple bumps around my wrist/forearm area which has turned into a rash that has gotten worse and moved to other areas every day since. It is currently covering my ears, arms, neck and most of my face. It has been 6 days since I reintroduced legumes. I’ve stuck to a Whole30 diet since reintroduction day. I’ve applied tea tree oil with jojoba or coconut oil and Benadryl cream which helps the itching and inflammation but doesn’t make it go away, and taken Benadryl at night which hasn’t lessened the rash. Logging my experience since in case anyone searching for something similar can read — and wondering if anyone else has experienced symptoms lasting this long and getting worse everyday. Starting to worry that something else is going on, with terrible timing! Thanks!
  3. I finished Whole30 a week ago, and I went for a week vacation on Saturday, and though on relax a little bit with my eating habits, so I drank beer, and ate some cheese and a few hours later, a rash appeared on the inside of my forearms, on my belly, on the outside of my leg, and I can't think of anything else but this things I ate/drank after a whole month of clean eating. Is it possible?? Did this happen to anyone out there?? i'll get back to Whole30 on Thursday, but this left me thinking if now I'm allergic to somethings that I wasn't befor and if there will be a "cure" for that thank you
  4. Hello! I'm Katelynne and I'm 24. I first did Whole30 back in December with my mom and sisters. While they experienced other symptoms (headaches, tiredness, joint pain) I didn't really have any negative side effects. The main reason for me doing Whole30 was to try and lose as much weight before my scheduled tummy tuck procedure in January. With Whole30, I lost 10lbs in a month and totally became hooked! My family and I planned to do Whole30 once every few months to cleanse ourselves and get our systems back on track. I had my tummy tuck in January, where another 9lbs of skin was removed. I had some bumps in the road, mainly fluid that hasn't fully gone away, and a terrible yeast infection. Because I was on antibiotics, an anti-yeast infection medication and was just mainly eating cereal and crackers during my recovery, I was totally on board with doing Whole30 again with my family and we started two weeks ago. I wanted to clear out my body of any toxins and start spring off with my health on track. My surgeon was actually the one that pointed out I had a rash, which appeared about 3-4 days into Whole30. I didn't think much of it at the time, but over the days it got worse. My surgeon and I believed at first the rash was due to the silicone cream I started using on my scars, and I thought it was mainly because it had a metal ball roller on it. But I haven't used the scar cream in a week and the rash has gotten worse. What started out as a small rash around my scars (lower abdomen) has moved up on my abdomen and is also now on mu back and upper thighs. I took Benadryl and Cortizone several times and the rash has not gone away. The rash is a series of smallish light red dots (some bigger then others) and does NOT really itch unless I touch it. I only just heard of detox rashes--could this be it? I like being on Whole30 but I just don't know if I should stop and wait a few more months until my body has fully healed from my surgery, and when I know for sure all my medications are completely out of my system. This scar is going on for 2 weeks and is only getting worse with all my efforts, except going off Whole30. Also does anyone have any tips to help get rid of the rash? Thanks for all of your time and help! I appreciate it greatly!
  5. stebaker

    Sudden Rash

    Hi Guys, I have a quick question. Today is day 14 of my Whole30. I originally started with a rash that I had assumed was due to a food allergy/intolerance. After 4 days of Whole30, it went away! I woke up this morning, and its back, and such a pain in the butt. I am going to list out what I have eaten over the last few days, and see what you all recommend. Nothing I have eaten has been off plan. Friday - Missed Breakfast, lunch was salad from Freshii (romaine, tomato, cucumber, kalmata olives, red onion, balsamic vinegrette, chicken breast, dinner was leftovers, one chicken thigh, some left over grilled pork, and a handful of grapes. Saturday - Breakfast - Shakshuka - compliant sauce, peppers, spinach, eggs , snack of cherries, dinner was salmon and asparagus Sunday - Breakfast was three strips of compliant bacon, white baby potatoes, 2 eggs, and a plum, lunch was two eggs, spinach, a bell pepper, and a banana, dinner was zucchini noodles, compliant sauce and a cup of ground beef. The only thing new in this list of foods is the chicken from freshii or the plum. Could there have been an additive in the chicken I am not aware of? Does anyone have any advice? Thank you, Steph
  6. Hey guys, I'm 30, and started my Whole30 on Friday (mostly as a way to get my psoriasis under control) and was doing pretty well for four days. By the fourth day, a red, itchy, burning rash showed up under my breasts, under my arms and in my groin area. It has continued to worsen as the days have gone by. I have followed the diet to the letter. I've been doing some searching online, and from what I'm gathering, I'm experiencing candida die-off and my body is freaking out--hence, the rash. What can I POSSIBLY do to deal with this? Coconut oil and epsom salt baths provide temporary relief, but I am seriously in agony, and I don't know how long I can deal with this. Some websites suggest this will pass in 3-5 days (which I could survive) but some suggest it may take up to six weeks for the rash to disappear. I cannot handle this rash for six weeks--I can't sleep, I'm scratching my skin raw, it's just awful. Does anyone have any advice on how I can handle this? I really want to get my health under control, but at this point I feel like I've gone down the rabbit hole and I don't know how to get out. HELP.
  7. laurenmae04

    Ongoing Rash

    Hi! I started my first whole 30 in July. Prior to starting whole 30, I would say that I ate pretty clean with the occasional splurge. I definitely was (and am) a sugar addict, but I have been better about staying away from white carbs. During week 3 I developed some itchy bumps that I thought were bug bites. I even thought they were poison ivy. These started on my legs and were SO SO SO itchy. They started spreading with my itch and eventually formed clusters of raised red bumps that are similar to hives. It spread down my legs and to my forearms. The stress of the rash caused me to stop eating Whole 30 on day 23. I visited my MD who thought it was contact dermatitis and i was put on an oral steroid and a topical cream. This helped a tiny bit, but not completely. I visited a dermatologist who thought it could be an allergy and who put me on another different topical ointment. This didn't clear it up, so i got a 2nd opinion at a different dermatologist. This dermo put me on Xyzal which is a treatment for hives, and suspected that it the rash was hive related, although of a somewhat unusual breed. The major clusters of rash have mostly gone down, but I am still developing new spots of rash 4 weeks later. My follow up at the dermo had them taking a piece of my skin because they couldnt figure it out. I keep telling them about whole 30 and my diet change, since I didnt change any other aspect of my life (no new detergents, body washes, etc) the only thing that changed was my diet. The dermo and MD don't think its a dietary thing, but after reading others accounts on here, I feel strongly that it could be a big part of it. During whole 30 I ate much more nuts and eggs than usual, and I've read about some people getting rashes they call "ketosis rash". Has anyone had experiences like this? I am at a loss for what to do since it won't go away. Its been on my legs and arms, but now my back and chest are itchy as well. I've attached a picture of my rash at its worst.
  8. I'm on day 9 of my first W30. Day 6 I noticed a small itch on the inside of my leg right before bed, it was SUPER itchy. I didn't think much of it, other than to scratch it. The next morning, the itch didn't go away, and suddenly, I noticed a rash on my wrist with the same horrible itch...within moments of looking around, another rash on the inside of my elbow on the other arm, and both armpits. And the original tiny rash on my leg (upper, inner thigh, awesome spot ) had grown. It itches as bad as poision ivy (but I'm familiar with that, and this is not PI) Day 8, still miserable. I was originally convinced it was some detox rash (never get rashes, start W30, get a rash...coincidence? Maybe?), but people kept telling me I must be crazy. So I kept googling...I googled enough I was convinced if it wasn't detox related, I had scabies. I have three small kids, I didn't want them getting it! So I rushed off to the doctor. Doctor had never heard of W30 and quickly squashed any detox theories. Said it didn't look like scabies, and was convinced I must have changed my detergent (did not). I was sent on my way diagnosed with "a rash". Today is day 9...rash continues to spread and the itch continues to worsen. It's so miserable! Has anyone else had something like this happen? Any potential causes? I'm willing to wait it out, but if each day is worse than the day before, I'm starting to think my toxic life of chocolate and martinis wasn't so bad after all.
  9. Hi everyone, I was excited about the program and eating healthy for awhile and then this Sunday on day 13 I started to feel itchy behind my ears. I thought nothing of it until the itchiness started to slowly spread to other areas on day 14 and then got incredibly uncomfortable on day 15. Today on day 18, I took a bath with oatmeal to soothe dry skin but within a fews hours the itch became unbearable and burning. This itch and hives went from the back of the ears to my right hand, to my neck, near my left eye to the scalp occasionally, then really red and bad on the belly button. Even the anus, that affected my sleep. At this point it's interfering with sleep and even normal functioning of life. I haven't gotten any answers from my dr because no one can see me (they're booked!). PLEASE HELP, this is unbearable. I've never experienced rashes this intense and widespread. Actually, I have no history of getting rash or hives or any allergic reaction for that matter. I HAVE had tiny bouts of eczema in 1 or 2 places. But this is unlike anything I ever experienced. It's so annoying because my family tells me it's dryness. Believe me, this is not just dryness. I haven't used any new detergents, bathing products or lotions. I did drink a water with Orange Essential Oil and rubbed Ginger Essential Oil on Sunday but I don't think that would be causing this 5-day breakout (i stopped them on Sun). The only difference in my diet is that I've been eating coconut oil/milk, eggs and sweet potatoes almost everyday. I also consuming large amounts of squash/zuchini. Please help me stop these rashes, they're keeping me from functioning!
  10. Good Morning, I am new here and am thankful for what I have read so far on this forum. I did search about rashes on the forums before I posted here but wanted to get input from you all, if possible. I am now on day 15, but the rashes started developing about 10 days in to the Whole30. I have developed two above both the left and right hips and my anus has been itching as well. In fact, last night it was so bad it woke me up. I have been logging my food and I haven't introduced something new to my diet. I eat eggs every day, meat, vegetables, and fruit. I feel great otherwise, but this is driving me nuts. Now, I have read that this could be Candida die-off. How do I really get rid of Candida? I have been told that I have had yeast buildup in my body before and the doctor usually gives me steroid cream, but I am tired of all that. I need to find out what is going on and fix it. Any help you all can provide would be great, because I am getting frustrated.
  11. I'm on day 30 of my second whole 30 in 2 years and on day 21 I broke out in dermatitisonly on both arms. It is wretched itchy and a little sore. It coincides with a lot of heat in my body (eastern medicine), tummy aches, and irritability. The outbreak followed a particularly intense workout. I was cruising along on my whole 30 and plan to keep on til this goes away. I've been strict paleo for 2 years but my "paleo" snacking and dark chocolate usage were getting out of hand. I want to know what is causing this rash! I've eaten eggs for years now with ease and have cut out almonds this week with no change. Am I simply kicking out heavy metals from Candida dieoff? I'm stumped. Feedback welcome.
  12. I'm on Day 16 of my Whole30 and up until about day 14, I felt good, energy was up and my skin was just as clear and even and wrinkle-free as ever. By the evening of day 14, my face was hideous -- blotchy, red bumps and itchy. My eczema was one of the reasons I started this -- now, it is worse! It is all around my bra (no detergent change, so spare me that suggestion; I use unscented, sensitive), back of my legs, lower back and FACE!!!!! I can't cover my face!!! I'm in sales. Now, I'm in a deep dark depression and convinced that this is hopeless. Even if I do get healthy and skinny, I'll be hideous with all this skin stuff. I've read about sugar detox causing the rash, ketosis causing the rash (I've done every low carb diet and this never happened) and food allergies. I'm not eating anything different from before -- more veggies, actually having fruit, not too many nuts at all -- only thing that has increased is eggs, but I already did as low carb as possible, so eggs have been on my menu. I have changed nothing in my soaps, make up, lotions, etc. This has to be a reaction to Whole30. I need feedback from others who have experienced this, so that I can decide if continuing is an option.
  13. I am a little over 2 weeks in to my Whole30, which I started in the hopes of finally clearing up a rash on my ankle. A few days into it, the rash appeared on my elbows (where I had it about 5 years ago, but went away with an Rx cream). By a week into, the rash appeared on my other leg as well, and now two weeks in, I have growing patches on both legs and arms and my scalp itches like crazy. Any ideas why this is happening? I called my doctor to get a referral to a dermatologist, but I'm waiting for a call back. Meanwhile, it is all I can do not to scratch my skin off. I was recently tested for all allergies and it came back negative.
  14. I've been going over the forums this week and couldn't find anything similar and wasn't sure where to post my issues(s), so I hope this is appropriate here. I'm on day 30, but would like to go over what began day 28. I'm baffled by this as I've not had an allergic reaction (if that's what this is) or condition like this in my life. Day 28 I woke up with tiny bumps all over my face that felt like snake skin, but oily. It was not noticeable, but you could feel it. Day 29 I woke up and it had spread to my neck, ears and into my scalp behind my ears with a bit of an itchy feeling-still unnnoticeable until you touched my skin. Day 30 (today) I woke up and it's red, very itchy and noticeable on my face, ears, neck and some of my scalp. Nothing in my diet changed, I haven't added anything new to my daily routine. I'm applying Benadryl lotion to hopefully help. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. The worst I had was mosquito bites that swell-and it wouldn't be every time-quite large in the last 3 years. I haven't been out much to test what happens yet since doing Whole30. I started to see an improvement in my skin tone day 23 and started feeling pretty good overall. With this rash, allergic reaction, eczema, whatever it is, my eyelids and face seem puffy/bloated. I first passed it off as part of my seasonal allergies (which I only started suffering from 3 years ago as well and was part of why I decided to try Whole30). That is one area Whole30 has not seemed to help. It's been the worst year for my allergies and over half the Whole30 30 days were negatively impacted by those symptoms. Anyone else experience this or have an idea what it could be? I don't know if the Benadryl treatment is helping since I just started today. I'm hopeful that it will aid and rid of whatever this is. I would really like any suggestions what could be causing this so I can avoid it in the future. Also, I get the impression I should stick with Whole30 100% a bit longer to perhaps see more results with my skin and allergies since the benefits have been a bit delayed or small. Would you agree?
  15. I am on Day 11. My rash started on Day 3 and keeps getting worse and worse. It is all over my body from my neck to my ankles. It very much appears to be hives with one difference being that the goosebump textured rash on my arms seems permanent rather than intermittent. A trip to urgent care two days ago resulted in a steroid shot and a twice daily cocktail of oral antihistamines. Completely ineffective. I have not introduced any new foods, nor have I increased the amounts of the foods that I eat. As an avid CrossFitter, I have been transitioning to a primal eating style for several months now. My goal for the Whole 30 (aside from moral support to my fibromyalgia suffering, grains-dairy-beer-cupcake addicted husband) is to wean myself from Weekly Cheat Day, random snacking, Splenda, and pack-a-day sugarless gum chewing. So this is what I have done and I can't really wrap my head around the idea that I have some condition that the junk food was protecting me from. The ironic thing is that I am doing great otherwise. I experienced tiredness and mental fog for a few days but I have since hit two lifting PR's. I am less stiff and can feel some overuse injuries healing. I haven't been nodding off in the afternoon in spite of the sleep I have lost this week because of the discomfort. Most miraculous is my facial skin. I spent a year in Afghanistan and became afflicted with asphyxiated skin from the sun damage. It took a series of medical grade peels, prescription retinol, and regular deep exfoliation to get it under control. Then last week, my face was suddenly clear, smooth, and dewy. I can actually go without makeup! I wonder how great I would feel if I wasn't a big pile of itch? I have perused the forum and it seems that I am not the only one suffering (and I mean reeeeeally suffering) from a mystery rash. There have been mentions of rash from ketosis. The thing is, I have done intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and full on low carb (albeit with artificial sweeteners and processed reduced carb fare) with no side effects. With my side of fresh berries and my post workout sweet potato or pumpkin each day, the Whole 30 is much less restrictive on carbs than other diets I have tried. People have also mentioned something called candida die off, but that seems far fetched. I have had yeast problems before and they are years in the past, along with yeast-friendly eating. Emotional stress? Life is demanding, but I wouldn't say my stress has gone up. In fact, I'm feeling quite positive. My husband and I are enjoying the time we spend sourcing local foods, preparing our meals, and sharing peaceful suppers. Furthermore, feeding primal foods to our son is really improving his behavior. So far, none of the conventional ideas are making any sense. Is there anyone at all who knows something or can help? I am truly desperate. I have hardly slept in days, I can't focus on anything, and I am constantly clawing at myself. I would seriously consider cutting off a finger if it would make this go away. Please help!
  16. Hi- So I am freaking out because just this morning I noticed this HUUUGE rash on my back- scapula to ilium. And it literally popped up over night. The thing is I am on day 22 so I would have thought that any detoxing rashes would have been much earlier. It doesn't hurt or itch. The other thing is that I've been sort of sheltered this month because of dedicating a lot more time to this- shopping, cooking,, finding recipes etc- so I don't think I've been anywhere that I could have picked something up and definitely not in the past couple days which takes me back to the Whole30. The only thing I can think of is that I have definitely increased my consumption of coconut products (just oil and milk), avocado, and almond butter (but if anything I have tried to decrease that now because I know mentally apples and almond butter is sort of a guilty pleasure). I'm just confused because it was so sudden and so late in the game. Any input would be very helpful. I sent a picture to my mom and she said it doesn't look like an allergy-type rash but while she's crazy smart she is also a very conventional nurse who is a little skeptical of food sensitivities and such. (SHe just started reading ISWF! yay!) Thanks everyone!! Also--- my food log link is in my signature if you think that would help. It's not exciting but factual.