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Holiday has cleared up the whole family's ailments - am baffled......
I really can't decide if this is all psychosomatic or if there's more to it. Just spent 2 weeks in Spain, lots of swimming, lazing around etc. Bliss.
My constant backache has cleared up - but probably down to not getting in/out of car all the time, and bending and stretching cooking, washing, working in an office. DS1's hayfever has completely vanished, and DS2's eczema has cleared up. Most baffling is that DS1's scabby irritable scalp (like cradle cap even though he's 11) has also cleared up despite no change in shampoo.
Any thoughts? BTW have tried everything before for DS1's scabby scalp and nothing has worked, we live in a hard water area, TBH it's like he's got a limescaled scalp.
Sun will have helped. But so will relaxing. I am a great beleiver in de-stressing to get rid of minor health problems. We have managed to clear up everyone's sniffles and general rundownness by a week in (nor-sunny) Cornwall.
The water may have affected his scalp -- I believe there is some suggestion that softened / filtered water is better for children with eczema and a flaky scalp isn't a million miles away from that. It might be worth fitting a water softener at home (and actually I might take my own advice; DS has what sounds like the same scalp thing but as he's only 4 I've been putting it down to very resilient cradle cap and assuming it will go eventually; 11 is longer than I was planning to wait, though)
I have a flaky scalp and it normally improves when I go to Scotland (soft water). I did read somewhere recently that stress and dehydration makes this condition worse, so relaxation could help. DDs teenage spots always improve in Scotland too.
Noonar, I have used various head lice treatments (thanks kids) and always find my hair feels in great condition afterwards! Almost tempted to use it just as a deep conditioning treatment.
My first thought for your back improvement is that your bed at home needs replacing or a new mattress.
...Hayfever and eczema maybe down to the sun & sea air...but what was the place like that you stayed in? Carpeted or hard flooring? My guess would be the latter and living without lots of soft furnishings (& therefore dust mites) has improved things.
The scalp issues I would put down to the sea - salt water is an amazing cleanser...and all that ex-foliating action from the sand would have helped as well.
My hay fever always disappears when I go abroad. It's because hay fever is caused by allergy to specific pollens which are around at different times. In my case tree and grass pollens.I don't suffer quite as badly as I used to but I always try to take my holiday in late June which is peak hay fever season for me. It's absolute bliss to have 2 whole weeks without symptoms.
A couple of my friends have psoriasis in their hair could this be what you son had? (produces the same symtpoms; itchy flaky scalp)As sunlight is renowned for improving this condition, it's all to do with the Vitamin D thing! Holidays should be available on the NHS! have to say we've just returned from a trip to IBIZA and as soon as we landed I noticed how dirty this country feels....in IBIZA they were cleaning the streets at all hours of the morning, the marble type floors were immaculate and even with all the coaches coming to and from the hotel all the time it didn't seem to be polluted because IMHO the sea air 'cancels' it out! Another thing I noticed was the 24hr doctors surgery was empty - I never saw one person in there, granted it was only a small resort but I thought to myself good god if they opened one of them in this country there'd be a queue a mile long!
We went back to our favourite place in the whole world - Rhodes - for the last two weeks in July. The temperatures were so high and we all had to adjust to them - even the speed we walked
DS4 has loads of spots on his back (he is 12) they cleared up. DH's diabetes became really stable and easy to manage. My menopausal hot flushes went worse but I couldn't care less
I lost a stone in the two weeks - due to beautiful fresh food and loads of swimming....now if I could live there for the holiday season I would become a normal size.....holidays are just the greatest 'battery rechargers.' We are already saving for next year.