okay, i know this is kinda a departure for this blog and probably generally qualifies as TMI, but it’s important so here goes:
a few weeks ago, i got what looked like a “spider bite” on my forehead. within a day it started to itch and within two days it had started to spread to an area about the size of a dime. thinking it was some form of dermatitis, i self-treated it with various creams and gels (clotrimazole, salicylic acid, sea salt water) and sunlight. after a few days when it became obvious that none of those had worked, i resorted to hydrogen peroxide. it immediately dried up the rash on contact but left the area tender and raw, as if it had been scraped on the pavement or something. so then i was convinced it was a form of staphylococcus aureas (staphylococcus epidermidis).
HOWEVER, my disclaimer is i DID NOT HAVE IT TESTED NOR CULTURED. the reason for this is that i had just recently (in what i’d assumed was coincidental) come off a bout of ciproflaxicin for a symptomatic UTI, the tests for which had come back NEGATIVE. luckily my doctor had prescribed the antibiotic beforehand, and within a couple days i felt fine (but completed the drug therapy anyway of course). after the tests came back negative (about halfway through my treatment), my doctor decided to “chalk it up” to “inflammation” which may have been assuaged by the drug— which to me was just totally ridiculous, come on now. i’m almost 45 years old, i know a goddamn UTI when i feel one.
but okay, i was cured, that’s all that mattered.
needless to say, i was not encouraged to go back and have my rash tested, only to maybe have it also test negative and be sent along my way with another round of antibiotics– especially since staphylococcus has the tendency to build up a resistance to these drugs, and i did not want to subject my body to any more antibiotics needlessly. in the meantime, the rash was still spreading along the outer edges of the scar tissue where the hydrogen peroxide had done its work, and had begun to also form along my brow line right above my eyelids.
anyway, hopefully you’ve stumbled on this because, like me, you’ve been feverishly googling for a treatment/cure for a similar (albeit somewhat mild but insidious) ailment. so, here was my course of action for a period of about five days:
- i immediately changed all the sheets, pillowcases, and towels in the house, and resorted to using a towel JUST ONCE before replacing it with a fresh one, and using only new clean paper towels on my face.
- i sprayed down the bed, pillows, sofas, chairs, cushions, anywhere i’d been, with a healthy dose of Lysol.
- i scrubbed down the bathrooms and kitchen with Ajax and Palmolive antibacterial soap (with Lactic Acid)— NOT DIAL, which contains triclosan, to which bacteria may also become resistant. i wiped down most surfaces including my computer, keyboard, table tops, iPads, iPods, remote controls, etc with Lysol disinfecting wipes.
- i began to use hand sanitizer almost religiously.
- i threw out all bars of soap and any creams and lotions that did not come out of a pump, including any tubes where my fingers may have touched the openings and contaminated their contents.
- i threw out my razors and began sterilizing both my new razors and tweezer in 70% alcohol before and after each use.
- i extracted creams from brand new jars only with q-tips, using a new swab for every application, never inserting my fingers inside, and replaced all soaps with liquid pump dispensers (regular, NOT anti-bacterial).
- i started to cleanse my face twice a day with an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide wash in accordance with this suggestion (i searched for 10% but could only find one at 3.7%).
- and finally and most importantly, i thank God i found this link, which provided a bit of corroborative information and suggested 100% VIRGIN COCONUT OIL.
after about three days of use two to three times a day, the rash that was slowly and insidiously eating my face is finally and completely GONE.
and now i’m writing this, because that aforementioned God-sent information took me days and days and days of research to find.
i hope this helps somebody else. good luck.