This is why I avoid nightshades

19 May
Nightshade Chin

Nightshade Chin:

Oh my chin.  AND it does not just LOOK bad.  It HURTS.  When the pain sensation starts, I want to rip my skin off.  It feels like things are crawling under my skin, and nothing makes it feel better.  Soon after I FEEL it, I normally SEE it.  This photo was actually from a “potato incident”.  I had a BITE of a gluten free/vegan cookie sample.  Turns out said cookie recipe included potato starch.

The inflammation I am experiencing today (from probably a tiny amount of red pepper in sausage), has even larger raised areas from the neck upwards on the chin.  It actually looks like I have a very large, round shaped chin at the moment because of the swelling.  I had no intention of sharing these types of photos with anyone other than my dermatologist (whose response was to put me on Accutane and and another daily antibiotic).  But now that I’ve taken that first step into the world of internet “TMI” and the divulging of personal information I would rather keep to myself, I feel that sharing the occasional nightshade chin type photo might prove helpful.  If anything, maybe it will prevent someone from taking the advice of a medical professional insisting that they take medications for something that may very well be caused by a food ingredient such as the deadly nightshade.

10 Responses to “This is why I avoid nightshades”

  1. Denise May 3, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Finally! Thank you so much for the picture. I have been having the same exact reaction to some nightshades for the past 10 years. I have been prescribed tons of antihistamines and creams with serious steroid content by doctors who openly said they had no idea what it was. Only after visiting an osteopath for a hip problem did I learn about nightshades. He had asked me to cut all night shades for a month to see if my pain would get better. Not only did the pain fade considerably, but my skin was finally flawless and pain-free. I have been experimenting with different nightshades ever since, and I now know that tomatoes and peppers are the worst for my skin. And potatoes make me paranoid and confused. Thank you again for the visual, I have been researching for ages and finally found your picture.

    • Feud With Food May 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      Denise – I totally felt the same way for decades. And to think about the money I spent seeing different dermatologists, and repeatedly being told that “it most definitely is NOT related to what you eat”. Yeah right. So many years of dealing with that. I am so glad I figured it out. I hope that your path to healing continues, and you are able to enjoy at least some nightshades with a flare. I am to the point where I cannot have any of them (& oh how I love tomatoes & peppers).

  2. Alexis November 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Ok, you confirm it! I have been having issues with an itchy scalp for a year where its red, flaky, and seeping. I tried the autoimmune protocol and figured out that tomatoes and peppers are the main cause. I don’t really eat potatoes very often. But, then it was completely clear and I could tolerate some.
    I had my gallbladder out a month ago and now I’m getting the bumps on my face (exactly like yours!) and small red pimples on my chest and back! I guess it’s back to the autoimmune protocol. It’s just hard when your raising a family and travel a lot, so my motivation is low. But, the bumps are so painful! Any ideas?

    • Feud With Food December 13, 2016 at 2:58 am #

      How did the Autoimmune Protocol work for you? I have found that I absolutely cannot reintroduce nightshades. Keeping grains, dairy & nightshades out of my life seem to be the fix for my skin issues. Have you had any luck since you wrote this in 2014?

  3. May February 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    Hello! I think I get these to nightshades (well potato anyway) as well. I’m still in the elimination-challenge-rechallenge steps 🙂 I added potato on the weekend and the next morning, tah-dah!! three of these on my forearm combined with allodynia. Have you ever gotten a name for it (i.e. what the dots / rash is called)? It’s not hives or really dermatitis… what IS it?

    • Feud With Food December 13, 2016 at 2:53 am #

      May – sorry for this very delayed response. Honestly for me, the skin reaction I have with nightshade exposure I just chalk up to inflammation. It doesn’t really need to have a name, as long as I know how to keep it from happening again. I know at one point years ago I was told I had rosacea. But it turns out that a lot of skin issues (like rosacea, acne, etc) are really just your body’s way of telling you that it’s inflamed and unhappy. And it’s showing you from the inside out. By the time it surfaces on the skin, the insides are already pretty angry about something you ate, or were exposing yourself to. That’s my personal understanding of most skin reactions I have had. There are some other things that come into play with rosacea type breakouts that can be related to eating a diet that feeds an overgrowth of already existing parasites in our bodies, too. Whole other story. But as long as you can keep your inflammation down, you should be able to avoid any more breakouts. Hoping that your elimination/challenge, etc went well.

  4. Heather Webb August 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    I have been allergic to bell peppers since I can remember, 12 years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (prior it was IBS – NOT!). I have wondered if the nightshades are an issue with me as my face around my nose looks like your chin and I have experienced the same feeling of want to rip my insides out from the itch on my head, eyes, etc. that I experience after eating foods from this group. I normally do not eat potatoes because they are my FAVORITE, but this past week I have eaten MANY and my face declares it. So I searched the internet and came across your post and I believe now in my heart this to be the issue as I have had the same response to tomatoes in the past. I plan on seeing a dermatologist soon. Thank you for sharing! I have hope now, but crud…what is a girl to eat now! P.S. I had the same reaction if not worse to Red Wine….

    • Feud With Food December 13, 2016 at 2:55 am #

      Thanks for your feedback. I did not personally have any luck with dermatologists. All of my prior skin issues seem to have been caused by overall inflammation in my body that was surfacing on my skin. If I can keep inflammation levels down, my skin looks much better & FEELS better, too. I hope you have found some relief as well.

  5. crapthisagain December 20, 2022 at 3:29 am #

    Hey there. I have the same issues times 10. Massive posing blistering things on my face. Accutane for 2 years and the doxycycline for 2 years. Derms kept saying it was rosacea. Finally a rheumatologist thinks discoid lupus. Who knows. But glad after years of googling my symptoms I found someone having similar issues. Feels like walking through spiderwebs or things crawling under the skin around my face and head. And the skin is super flared up.

    • Feud With Food March 24, 2023 at 10:08 pm #

      Hello – I’m so glad you brought up the spiderweb feeling & crawling under the skin because that one is just maddening. I would think there was an eyelash or a spider web or a piece of my hair ON my actual face and would keep checking to attempt to remove it and there was never anything there.

      I hope you are finding some type of relief. I’ve had a few random flares in the last year and luckily it calmed down. But I will continue to research and pass on any information I find that might offer people relief. Because it isn’t just about how it looks (which is bad enough). It truly is painful and uncomfortable, too. Thanks for your response and input.

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