Rashes and Skin Conditions
Imagine you are in a disaster scenario. All your energy is focused on basic needs and keeping your family safe. You develop a painful and itchy rash. It spreads along your torso, neck, legs. It keeps you up nights, causing sluggishness and lack of focus. Your shirt sticks to the sores, ripping and irritating it further. The simplest movement is excruciating. Infection is imminent.
Miserable, exhausting, and infuriating, a rash can make even simple tasks impossible. The overprescribing of antibiotics has resulted in superbugs; viruses and bacteria that have grown immune to pharmaceuticals and are spreading like wildfire due to societyâ€™s close contact. From the High School wrestler who contracted MRSA from practice mats to the honor student who was gifted with a scorching case of Staph from touching his school locker and later wiping his face, hospitals are seeing a dramatic increase of patients with skin conditions that are resistant to approaches by modern medicine. Every year pharmaceutical companies create more powerful drugs to combat this, and every year the superbugs grow immunity. Itâ€™s a vicious circle.
The night before my youngest son was to return to school from Christmas break, he came down with a rash. A few dime sized areas on his torso. He had had the same rash twice before in the last year, and it went away within 36 hours. His doctor attributed it to an allergic reaction boys are getting from playing outside in the Pacific Northwest. Apparently a tree pollen is to blame. I thought nothing of it and since it wasnâ€™t bothering him I went ahead and sent him to school on Monday. He called me after lunch because it was beginning to itch. He wanted to finish his day, however, so I told him I would take a look at it when he came home.
It had spread a bit, and the rings were much redder. He treated it as before, keeping the affected areas clean and dry and taking diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for the slight itch.
I received a call from the school nurse at 11am on Tuesday. A teacher had spotted the rash peeking over his collar and sent him home. I tried to explain the rash was not contagious, but she refused to have Nik on school grounds.
I took him to the nearby hospital emergency room because his doctor could not see him for a week, and he had admitted he hadnâ€™t slept well the night before from the pain and itch. The doctors there confirmed it was not contagious, was probably viral, and he was prescribed 25 mg Hydroxyzine to replace the much weaker diphenhydramine, and a topical cream of 1% cortisol. Instructions included twice daily showers with medicated anti dandruff shampoo (we used Denorex), followed by the crĂ¨me, and a note stating he could return to school.
The shower made him scream in pain. Varying the temperature of the water did not help, neither did gently drizzling water from a cup- just the water coming in contact with the rashes hurt. And he could not stand the lotion on his skin. The rash was now bright red and very angry. Even though he hadnâ€™t slept well again, he insisted on returning to school the next day for distraction so I sent him with the doctors note, accompanied with phone calls to both the school nurse and the front office, explaining the situation. Not even two hours passed before I received a call from my son, explaining a teacher had seen the rash under his shirt collar and was sending him home. No amount of explaining or physician documentation was helping now, the teachers were freaking out from spotting the rash.
Now, my go to remedy for numerous maladies is Colloidal Silver, and I have successfully treated Nik’s rash in the past with it. Unfortunately, one of my wonderful boys had accidentally broke the bottle and failed to mention it. I had ordered a replacement from my trusted source Monday, but shipping would take several days.
My poor lil man was in complete agony. The rash had now spread to his legs. Sleep was intermittent and difficult. Simple tasks were frustrating. I tried to get him distracted in video games or fun, action packed movies, but nothing was helping. The Hydoxyzine barely took the edge off, and applying anything topically was futile.
Finally, we were able to secure an appointment at his PCP thanks to someone cancelling. We spent almost two hours in her office as there are literally hundreds of different types of rashes. We sorted through images and descriptions until they became a blur. We never did figure out exactly what the rash was, but we narrowed it down to about half a dozen. Between the three of us, we decided we would start treating this as if it were fungal, and gave him a heavier dose of Hydozyzine for comfort and to aid sleep, and added oral Terbinafine, an antifungal. The doctor also suggested that even though Nik did not have eczema, to try a lotion specifically formulated for it so as to gently moisturize his tight and angry skin. And we discontinued the Denorex as it was doing more harm than good.
I filled his prescriptions and purchased a jar of Aveeno Eczema lotion. I was ecstatic to find the postman had delivered my colloidal silver package. Nik and I came up with a game plan. He would swallow a Hydrox pill, then when it kicked in 45 minutes later, we would apply the silver externally, followed by the Aveeno. He decided to hold off on taking the Terbinafine, choosing to wait and see if the silver would help. He was also taking silver internally.
The next morning he took half a Hydroxyzine, internal and external colloidal silver, and I applied Aveeno Eczema lotion to sooth his skin. Overnight his rash was already pink- not the angry red that had tortured him, and he reported he was able to finally sleep uninterrupted. Throughout the day the rash continued to improve dramatically, and that night he chose not to take the Hydrox pill.
He stayed home from school for two more days so as not to be subject to further embarrassment by teachers calling attention to his rash in the hallways, followed by the weekend to fully recover, but already his rash was vanishing rapidly. He was able to return to school the following Monday, the affected areas barely visible and causing absolutely no discomfort.
Lessons we learned: The medical profession is by no means the end all of healthcare. Do your research! I have copies of the Little Black Book of Nursing, Grayâ€™s Anatomy (referring to the unabridged medical book, not the McDreamy version) and various other homeopathic, natural and western medicine literature and guides. Yes, Western medicine does have its place in healthcare. You should always consult your healthcare provider when anything comes along or you try new treatments. However, it cannot fix every ailment. And the boys learned communication is vital and hiding things does more harm than good! This whole two week disaster could have been averted if I only had that little amber bottle of silver!
Learning a bit about the different types of rashes and various treatments is important. Watching my son struggle for two weeks without relief, losing sleep and struggling to remain sane made me consider how something as seemingly simple as a skin rash can quickly turn a controlled survival scenario into chaos.
What would you do in a survival situation, plagued by oozing skin sores which torment your every moment and can quite easily become infected, opening a whole other can of worms? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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