Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Medical & TV: Scabies, Monsters Inside Me & solutions -- Part 2

Let's continue my story from the last entry

I always like to go with the things I have in the house before I go outside to look for cure, this is called improvisation, something I learnt from Dual Survival.

So the first one I tried was the toothpaste, which contains mite-killing Limonene and antifungal-bacterial Triclosan. It was definitely an excellent itch cure, as the itch subsided almost completely in about 5 minutes, but the number of mini-blisters did not reduce. As it is not going to solve the problem, toothpaste is out.
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The second one was  antiseptic Manuka Honey UMF 20+, sweet and have been used in medical procedures to fight tough germs and viruses, but UMF 20+ is definitely not enough, so it was a sweet failed attempt.

By then, the first day of clinical trial was over, and as the number of wounds were actually increasing, I planned to search for real medicine the next day.

I skipped steps to number 5 Permethrin, and so I went to search for it, but pharmacy after pharmacy, none sells this med. Another failed attempt without even testing.

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Another way to get Permethrin, I suspected, is from Biokill Mite Spray, but I would need to go and find a supermarket which sells it, which is not easy, need to go Apita in Tai Koo, so this one had to be postponed again, another day ended, no clinical trial.

Which leaves...
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Number 3, fungicide-cum-pesticide Sulphur Soap. I went online and searched for a shop that sells it. I remember that I used one before which is from Australia and it was really good, so this would be the second soap, but where can I get this soap? Lucky enough, through surfing over 30 websites, I found a China brand  sulfur soap, but only one place in Hong Kong will sell it, Tung Tai Supermarket in Sai Ying Pun.

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That Saturday, before dinner with my students in Sheung Wan, I took a photo of the Google Map with my lousy phone, the picture couldn't even show a single word of the map but I was stupid enough to think it is enough, and I didn't charge my phone battery, so after walking 30 mins, I still couldn't find the place and I was about to give up. With just one minute of battery left on my phone, I took note of the circular flyover by the harbour, and walked the reverse direction for my final try before giving up, and to my luck, I found the supermarket hiding at the end of the uphill road.

4 Sulfur and 1 Aloe vera soap = $20
$4 a bar of soap, super deal!!!! I bought 4 sulfur for extra precaution and 1 aloe vera for fun, then I use the sulfur soap to wash both arms whenever I remember for the following week. The result? You can see my forearm from the photos below.
Before treatment
After treatment
Most wounds have dried up
Scars remain
Although the scars remain and they will take time to disappear, it proves that it is really scabies that I am fighting against.

Thanks to Amy who has reminded me on Facebook that it could well be contact eczema or stress related eczema and not scabies. In this case, sulfur soap still proves to be a good cure for many skin problems and traditional Chinese and Japanese wisdom proves practical this time round.

Since sulphur is a great anti-fungal element, I suspect that it can do more than just curing scabies. Maybe it will work on other fungal related rashes and skin infections too! When I see some people on the street or on the MTR with terrible skin problem, I have an urge to tell them about sulphur soap, but since I am not their doctors and they will not update me with their progress, I wouldn't know if the soap will really help them or make them worse, so I'm choosing to keep my mouth shut for now. But if anyone of you want to try this out, especially if you have any relatives with atopic dermatitis, please let me know the result.

Atopic dermatitis
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improvisation -- (n)[C or U] when you make or do something with whatever is available at the time
subside -- (vb) [I] If a building, land or water subsides, it goes down to a lower level
blister -- (n) [C]  a painful red swelling on the skin that contains liquid, caused usually by continuous rubbing, especially on your foot, or by burning
atopic dermatitis 


Medical & TV: Scabies, Monsters Inside Me & solutions -- Part 1 @ Locky's English Playground

TV: Dual Survival  @ Locky's English Playground

Tung Tai Supermarket @ Google Map

Eczema @ Wikipedia

Atopic dermatitis @ Wikipedia