Years of searching for the son's problems

Years of searching for the son's problems

SEPEA author on 05.06.2023

An increasing number of individuals are experiencing health issues. It is possible that some may not be aware that their symptoms could be caused by an intolerance to certain foods.

This is also known to the owner of SEPEA, Adela Sedláková, who told us about the personal experience of her now 16-year-old son.

It all started when he was about 18 months old.

"Dry patches appeared on his skin, which were not so visible to the naked eye, but could be felt to the touch. These were a warning sign to me that something was wrong."

The misconception

Although SEPEA was already doing food intolerance tests at the time, Adela didn't want to traumatize him by pricking his finger and taking a sample.

"So I tried to intuitively cut out dairy, anything that might have milk protein," she says.

She therefore took her son to the paediatrician, who assessed the situation by telling her to resign herself to having a little atopic at home.

"The doctor prescribed us lipolotio. It is a product that re-oils the skin when showering. My son was not yet of age to be tested by an allergist," explains Adela.

After eliminating the milk protein and applying this product, she hoped for an improvement and that over time these dry patches would disappear. The opposite was true.
She also blamed the fact that she was taking a baby swimming class with her son, and the water in these pools is chlorinated.

"So I considered these spots a reaction to it or some other chemical," she says.
But eliminating the milk protein didn't help, nor did showering with products, and neither did discontinuing swimming.

By re-oiling the skin, the dry spots disappeared, but appeared somewhere else.
In the meantime, my son started going to kindergarten, but the problem did not go away.

"One day he came home and complained that the back of his palm itched and this spot had also already cracked. I had already started registering this as an eczema problem."

The decisive step

At that moment, she realized that she had had enough of trying.

That's when she said to herself that enough was enough of trying.

"We had to deal with it somehow. I gave him the simplest test for food intolerance. He only came out positive for egg. So I came to the conclusion that he probably couldn't have egg white protein, since the test tested both the yolk and the white together. We know that the white is considered the more problematic part. The milk came out completely negative in the test, so there was no problem there because the antibodies were negative. Until then, he was used to consuming the egg very often in different ways," she remembers.

She did the test on Thursday and from the next day there was no more egg in his diet.
"Even when cooking pasta, I made sure it was eggless. On Monday, my son went to nursery and the eczema on his hand was almost healed, four days after we eliminated this drag," she concluded, adding that if the real cause is discovered, the body, especially in children, reacts very quickly.

The new problem

The discovery of the egg white as problematic, however, was only the beginning. After about four years, a new problem arrived.

After the eczema symptoms disappeared, she started to reintroduce egg white back into his diet after some time, but very rarely and carefully.

When my son was eight years old, he had inflamed eyes after swimming in the pool all day.

"It looked as if not only his conjunctiva but the entire whites of his eyes were inflamed. He had them turning orange. I wouldn't have thought this could be egg-related either. The problem was long-standing and the teacher had already suggested that I not bring him to school in that condition because she was afraid he was infectious."

The general practitioner found nothing, the ophthalmologist found nothing, the eye swabs were negative, all lab findings were normal. Then unexpectedly someone else helped.

"My son existed like this for almost two years and we were helpless. I wondered if this inflammation could be related to the gut and if his eyes could be mirroring his condition in this case?"

The next test

So they went to a pediatrician, who sent them to a private clinic. The allergist stated that the son had no allergies and did not need any diet.

"I knew that they also do food intolerance tests at this clinic, but the allergist didn't offer it to me at all," Sedláková said.

After consulting with the pediatrician, they concluded that even though her son was not allergic, it would be appropriate for him to follow a grain-free diet.

"We decided to do the food intolerance test again after five years, but this time with the SEPEA test for 220 foods."

"In addition to high antibodies to egg white, high antibodies to goat's, sheep's or cow's milk also came out as a major contributor."

The question arises whether the only solution is to eliminate egg white for life, since even after five years on the diet, the son reacted to it again, always with a different manifestation.

The desired result

Thus, they tried a test for intestinal microflora abroad.

"The results were disastrous. They immediately put him on probiotics with an order to stick to a diet. This is logical, because if the son had only started taking probiotics on the basis of the gut microflora test, not knowing that he must not consume egg white, the effect would have been much slower, if any. It's like trying to move a car with the brakes on."

They were also advised to eliminate from their diet anything that had high values in the SEPEA food intolerance test report for 200 foods.

After a short time, there was the desired happy ending. The red-orange colour disappeared from their eyes.

"The egg white was able to cause this. Even in small quantities it obviously caused inflammation of the intestinal mucosa," concluded Adela Sedlak.