I think it is fair to say that I have been treating this ringworm for four weeks now. Before I knew it was ring worm I was putting nystatin on it, and grapeseed extract, tea tree oil, cleaning it with vinegar, cloromotrizal and then I used the tolnaftate. I even started using a combination of the nystatin and tolnaftate along with a bit of hydrocorotisone (to stop the itchy), and nothing seems to be working. Tim keeps saying “It’s only been a week.” No in fact, it’s been almost two weeks, and it doesn’t seem to be going in away, in fact the rash is expanding. It seemed like it was getting better a couple days ago but then … it came back with a vengenance. For the record, I did not slack on attacking it either.
It’s time for some serious home remedies. I did some research and found several home remedies that I am willing to try before I hit the last stage of desperation, which is using bleach (diluted at least). Tim is very opposed to the bleach treatment — though it is highly recommended among boxers and wrestlers who don’t have time to deal with constant cream applications. Tim however, is not dealing with a painful case of ringworm now is he?
Tonight I made a paste of sea salt and cider vinegar and applied it to both rashes. Oh yeah, I forgo to mention this nasty fungus moved to a spot on my back. I left it for 30 minutes and then soaked the front breast patch in cider vinegar for about 15 minutes. Then I washed it with water (after all I do have to nurse and didn’t want Athena to taste any vinegar that might have sloshed down) and dried the area with a blowdryer. At first I had the setting on hot with a low blow.
Oh. My. Goodness. As soon as that heat hit the rash I swooned in ecstasy. It felt so unbelievably good. It was like some kind of drug and I just sort of waved the heat back and forth, closer and closer until I realized “Crap! The heat is going to make it blister and pop and make it all contagious again. Something this good feeling is super bad, I just know it.” It was like the best scratching session ever…all done by heat. Once I cut myself from that I applied iodine and then blow dried it with a cool setting (all the fun was gone then).
I have to admit, it’s the best it has felt all week. Except for my back. That section didn’t get iodine. I am going to have Tim apply it. I am trying the less drastic solutions first before moving up. Here they are:
- Cider Vinegar
- Sea salt
- Bleach straight up and/or diluted
- Clear nail polish
- Vinegar and a penny (soak penny in vinegar and then rub on lesions, or tape penny over the lesion)
- Grapeseed extract
- Tea tree oil
- Antifungal cream (all that stuff I’ve been trying)
- 1 Sheet of white notebook paper, burn it, blow ashes off and use remaining residue as salve
- Juice from a figleaf
- Mashed garlic paste
- Green walnuts – cut open and smear juice on lesions
- Wasabi paste
- Tiger balm
- Gentian violet (First thing I tried and it failed)
So there we have it. I have several more remedies I can try. I think I might try the burnt piece of paper for my back. I also need to buy that kind of bleach that you can use on colored clothing to wash the infected articles of clothing I have. I sort of wish I had black light so I could see what else was or is infected on me. I wonder how much a black light costs…
In other news, I went to the grand opening of the new Hy-Vee store here on Madison’s east side. The place was packed. It was a total zoo. I couldn’t believe how busy it was – don’t people in this city have to work? Morella and I had a ton of samples as Athena slept. I got a few things — namely butter for only 97 cents and diet pepsi for 1.97. My biggest complaint was that they didn’t have anything for children to drink. Milk in jugs — but no juice boxes. Since Morella can’t drink milk I had no choice but to buy her a smoothie from the Caribou coffee shop. Their small smoothie is $4 and huge! It was a mistake to give that to her in the car because she dropped it and it spilled all over … oh crap I forgot to go back and clean that up. Nutz. Anyway. It was a disaster. I talked to someone about it and left a complaint in a comment box regarding their lack of drink options for children.
Is it sad that I was looking forward to the grand opening of a grocery store and that it was the high light of my day?
Okay. Time to burn some paper so Tim can apply it before bed.