First of all, if you have RA, you have an autoimmune disease. The steroids can help temporarily but make it more likely to come back worse and worse, as it further weakens your immune system by killing off some of the organisms that help you not get such things. As for how you're eating, it is very practical, actually, though you might not like it as much as you like other foods. Basically that diet was an anti-inflammatory diet, so it probably not only helped with the itching, which anti-histamines are helping meaning it's not only an allergy problem but also most likely an inflammation problem, but also with your RA. Nightshades are particularly problematic for RA sufferers, which would include those green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and other foods you can look up. Try staying off those. Dairy and wheat are the two most problematic foods for the most people, followed by corn and soy. Lots of people have nut allergies, and some have peanut allergies (that's a legume like soy, not a nut, so different problems), but you don't seem to be manifesting the kind of reaction people get to nuts and peanuts. So what I'd try for a while is keeping to the vegetable diet but add in whole grains that aren't wheat (you can also avoid other gluten containing grains, which would include rye, kamut, spelt, barley, wheat and triticale). But most people don't have celiac disease and the gluten thing is a fad more than reality for most people, who really just have a problem with wheat. So you can experiment, but you should get tested for celiac. You don't have the whole host of symptoms, though, if the itching is the big problem. For your protein, fish should be fine. Meat is a big category -- beef is the biggest problem because, like wheat, it was invented by humans, not nature. So folks who have a problem with beef might have no problem with venison or buffalo or fowl. It could also be additives in food, so you might want to confine yourself to organically grown foods and avoid foods with a lot of additives in them or fed to them in how they're raised, but you can try going vegetarian with the one animal you eat being wild harvested fish harvested in clean waters relatively free of contaminants -- these also you find in health food stores, not so much in the supermarket. And if you're juicing, only juice organically grown food, because when you juice you use a lot more of a veggie or fruit than you would eat and that's a lot of pesticides and artificial fertilizers etc. going down the gullet. Basically, this would be eating an anti-inflammatory diet. For more help, though, you're going to have to do some homework and see a professional, such as a holistic nutritionist (regular nutritionists are not going to do the trick most likely, just consider, they are the ones who devise hospital and school menus and we know those will kill anyone) or a naturopath or practitioner of integrated medicine, which would be a physician who has also studied natural medicine, giving you the best of both worlds. And if you're going to use topicals for temporary relief, look at the ingredients. If there's a lot of dye added or artificial chemicals avoid those. Oils should be pure and known for their anti-inflammatory properties, such as aloe vera or jojoba. The hot showers are temporary, they numb the area. Cayenne creams might do the same thing, but temporarily. Whatever bothers you, avoid, even if it makes no Earthly sense. We are what we are. Peace.