Posted by: eczemancipated | November 18, 2014

Another Skin Infection

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So I’m in the beginning of month 31. I’ve been skin infection free for just about 9 months which is Aaaammmaaazing!  But today I woke up with a skin infection on my left arm just above the crease,  most likely Impetigo which is bacterial. Even though it is small, only about 6 small blisters, it’s still annoying.
So for the newbies, how do you treat an infection you may ask?

Immediately strip the bed, grab all towels from bathroom and kitchen and wash on hot settings. I always pour a cup of white vinegar in the machine first while the water is going in. Then I add Planet liquid laundry detergent, allowing it to mix with the water as its filling in the machine. After which I add my laundry.

Interestingly,  I had to be patch tested to laundry detergents in 2010ish.  I was actually allergic to multiple “free and clear” (dye free and fragrance free) detergents, including the one I had been using for 5 yrs. Planet was the only detergent that didn’t irritate my skin. So I’ve stuck with it through this whole ugly Topical Corticosteroid Withdrawal process.

Topical skincare:
Keep the area clean from everything, including sweat, is important. Soap & water goes a long way. I also use cotton pads to apply hydrogen peroxide or alcohol.  Then using qtips I apply a concoction of essential oils. I mix together a blend that kills both Herpes Simplex and Impetigo, mainly because Herpatic Eczema looks similar to Impetigo in the early stages. Since I don’t want to accidentally treat the wrong thing, I treat everything possible.  Oils like Lemon, Lemongrass, Cypress, Clove, Tea tree, Eucalyptus, Geranium,  Frankincense, Helichrysum and Rose. I think today I used about a dozen oils from DoTerra and Veriditas brands.

Just as a side point… The only other brand I would recommend that is comparable to DoTerra and Veriditas is Young Living oils. They are food and therapeutic grade which means you can actually ingest them.


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