A slap in the immune system with an oily fish - Tactical Ninja
Apr. 10th, 2014
09:51 am - A slap in the immune system with an oily fish
So a few years ago, I had a flatmate that had tinea. Unfortunately, I got it. It continued for a while as it seemed we kept reinfecting each other or something, and in combination with a whole bunch of stress, my immune system eventually went "Nope."
Silly name, sounds like something that should be in an Asterix book. But I'd hate to see what Goscinny and Uderzo would draw it like. *ahem*
Anyway, pompholyx is a skin condition that is sort of like eczema, but only really appears on hands and feet. It starts as little bubbles under the skin called vesicles, which itch but don't burst. Then after a week or so it turns into dry, flaky bits that then fall off. It's relatively benign but for some people the itching/scratching can lead to infection, and the constant loss of the epidermal layer leads eventually to scarring.
It's weird - it reacts to stress but also to some detergents, and sometimes random things as well - like some machine oils or paints. Anyway, it's yucky and somewhat temperamental, and has been going on since 2008.
At Christmas time, a small reaction started in the corner of one eye. Yikes.
Now, ages ago tieke made a post about how she'd used fish oil to get her eczema under control, and it works really well. I didn't even know she'd had eczema until she mentioned this in response to my talking about pompholyx. That's a testimony to its effectiveness, right?
Problem is, it's more complicated than just 'eat fish oil'. There are only some kinds that are of sufficient quality, and it has to be not-rancid (ie not on shelves for ages before buying), and I can't remember the dose rate. And LJ ate her post. Thus, I've never given it a fair go.
However, lately I've been buying hunks of raw salmon and eating it for lunch. Yes I know this makes me sound like a rich wanker, but given that it costs me less than $5 and that's cheaper (and tastier) than both fish oil pills and protein supplements - never mind the cost of a 'normal' lunch - I call it a win. I've been doing it about 3 times a week for maybe a month.
And my skin is clearing up! There's only one small dry patch on one knuckle at the moment, and the eye thing is completely gone. Phew!
So now I have an excuse to eat raw salmon on a regular basis. It really is working. I looked it up and apparently 100g of salmon contains about 2g of omega3 oil (which I'm assuming is the good stuff - everyone says it's the good stuff) as well as a bunch of protein.
And while there is always a risk to eating raw fish, I tend to take a fatalistic view of that while also taking all care to minimise it. After all, there's a risk to eggs, and chicken, and tomatoes, and..
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