21st March 2008 08:43 AM
I've been hearing a lot about how many Rosaceans share a bad digestion trait or that, by treating low stomach acid or stomach bacteria, they were able to get some relief in their Rosacea symptoms. I've been lactose intolerant since I was seven; does this have any correlation to Rosacea? I've heard of HCL tablets... What are they, exactly?
I would have just done a search for this, but short words like "HCL" won't go through the search mechanism...
21st March 2008 11:52 AM
If you do the search for hydrochloric acid, all the posts and threads come up - there are quite a lot.
21st March 2008 03:24 PM
And there's also the alternative search mechanism which is quite helpful:
Just plug HCL in the search box and voila...
results from all the rosacea help groups (RF, rosacea support forum and rosacea yahoo group)
22nd March 2008 12:19 AM
22nd March 2008 03:39 AM
Rosacea and digestion
Originally Posted by Lauren 007
In my experience digestion has everything to do with my rosacea. My rosacea was in the moderate stage and has gone back to the mild stage since making extensive dietary changes. I was also recently diagnosed as having a casein allergy (dairy) and being B-12 deficient. Today I ran across an article stating that being low on B-12 increases something called homocysteine in your blood which can cause "damage to blood vessels" which is what many rosaceans have. I think you might want to ask your doctor to test your B-12 levels and to see if you have a casein allergy. If you get your B-12 level tested be sure to get the actual numbers and don't just take his/her word that you're in the "normal range." New research is showing that some people experience problems if they are in the lower ranges of normal. I was in the "normal range" but was still very anemic and had tingling all over my body. Other doctors had attributed the tingling to "stress." Yeah, right...that's why it went away now that I'm injecting B-12!
Since you have digestion problems, your rosacea might be related to that, so you might also want to search the threads on "gut transit time" and "SIBO and rosacea" and see what you think.
22nd March 2008 04:26 AM
Thanks, Queta! I've been anemic in the past, so a B12 deficiency might be an option. I have a B12 supplement (it's a dropper that you hold under your tongue), but it has tons of Niacin in it, which aggravates my Rosacea, so I've never taken it. Can I check my B12 levels through a normal blood checkup, or do special tests need to be run? Thanks again!
Originally Posted by queta
22nd March 2008 11:10 AM
I've been doing some research on this and am surprised by how many links people have found between SIBO and Rosacea. (NOTE: Sorry if this is "too much information", everyone!) Another problem I've been curious about is constant vaginal discharge, which I've had since I was 12. I found out that this is most likely caused by an overgrowth of Lactobacillus, a "good" bacteria, which is present in the vagina and the gastrointestinal tract. I'm wondering, if it can cause an overgrowth in the vagina, couldn't it cause an overgrowth in the small intestine, thus triggering Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth for some people? Thus:
overgrowth of Lactobacillus --> SIBO --> Rosacea?
Of course, SIBO can be caused by various things, so I'm only posing this toward those who, like me, probably have an overgrowth of this bacteria. Anyway, this probably has nothing to do with anything, but I'm just curious. Thanks for hearing me out!
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