We went to his pediatrician, who pulled another doctor in who used to specialize in pediatric dermatology. Together, they thought it was psoriasis. They did a referral to a dermatologist, and in the meantime we continued trying various steroid creams. The spots spread, and soon his scalp, back, genitals, stomach, arms, and legs all had these itchy plaques. Some nights he would scratch them until they bled. We don't have a picture of him when he was at his worst, but this is close:
The rash grew worse. The only thing it responded to was a steroid cream so potent that he had to be monitored every couple of days, and it wasn't safe to use all over his body. His inner ears were covered in plaques, his scalp felt volcanic, and Cort started to feel sad that kids were asking him about it in school.
I wanted to take him to a functional medicine doctor, but we couldn't afford it. We received a referral to a specialist in North Carolina, but our appointment wasn't until December. I begged the specialists we had seen to do a food sensitivity panel, but I was unable to get anyone to order one. I started researching online, and I finally found a company in Europe that would do a food intolerance test using the DNA in the hair.
Our pediatrician told me he thought it was a snake oil scheme (in a kind way - he is a very good doctor but like other doctors in our region, isn't big on alternative medicine), but I felt like it was worth a try. The test was around $100 and we were spending at least that on prescriptions every month, so the test wasn't much different. I figured it would be worth it, and really, what could it hurt? I cut a few strands of Cort's hair and shipped it off to Europe for $1.75. Two weeks later, I was emailed the results (as well as information for how to contact their nutritionist with any questions - which I did twice. This did not cost anything extra.). They tested for 600 foods, plus a number of environmental allergens. We immediately removed Cort from every food on the list.
The intolerance test also found that Cort had a build up of candida in his digestive system. I was unsuccessful in getting his doctors to prescribe anything to treat this, so we did so more naturally. I incorporated tons of probiotics, coconut water, aloe juice, oregano oil and capryllic acid into his routine.
Here is Cort just two months after we got the results of his food intolerances. Scroll back up and look at the first picture. We couldn't have been more thrilled by his results. You can see where the spots were, but now they are flat, smooth, and white. They no longer bother him. When his pediatrician saw his skin when Cort came in for his flu shot, his jaw dropped. He was truly amazed by the difference, and asked for information on the company I used. He thought maybe other parents would be interested in using them.
Cort feels so much better now. His energy is up, and he is in better spirits (all those steroids made him rageful at times). He doesn't mind having to bring his own dairy-free cupcakes to birthday parties, because he feels so much better now. He has a great attitude about the dietary changes, and never complains. For Halloween, he traded me all his chocolate candy for a yo yo he wanted.
Readers, have you ever looked for alternative health treatments?