Skin Problems-Prevention And Treatment.
Skin problems could be a skin reaction or irritation on the belly, face, hand etc. Washing the hands and bathing frequently with soap and water help prevent many infections both of the skin and of the gut.
Wounds should be carefully washed with soap and boiled water before they are closed or bandaged.
Frequent scrubbing with soap and water is often the only treatment necessary for:
- Cradle cap (seborrhea)
- Mild impetigo
- Minor ringworm
- Other fungus infections of the skin or scalp
For these purposes, it is better if the soap has in it an antiseptic like iodine, such as povidone iodine (Betadine). But Betadine can be irritating to tissue and should not be used on open skin.
This often comes as a yellow powder and also as in many lotions and ointments. Sulfur is useful for many skin problems :
- To avoid or discourage ticks, mites, chiggers, jiggers and fleas before going into field or forests where these are common, dust the skin especially the legs, ankles, wrists, waist and neck with sulfur.
- To help treat scabies, burrowing fleas, mites and tiny ticks in or on the skin. Make an ointment : mix 1 sulfur part with 10 parts of petrolatum (Vaseline) or lard and smear this on the skin.
- For ringworm, tinea and other fungus infections, use the same ointment 3 to 4 times a day or a lotion of sulfur and vinegar.
- For cradle cap (seborrhea) and severe dandruff, the same ointment can be used or the scalp can be dusted with sulfur.
GENTIAN VIOLET (crystal violet)
This often comes as dark blue crystals. Gentian violet helps to fight certain skin infections including :
- Impetigo and sores with pus
- It can be used to treat yeast infections (candida,moniliasis) in the mouth (thrush) or in the vulva or skin folds
Dissolve a teaspoon of gentian violet in half a liter of water. This makes a 2 percent solution then rub it on the skin or in the mouth or the vulva.
These are expensive and often do no more good than gentian violet. They do not color the skin or clothes and are of use in treating minor skin infections like impetigo. A good ointment is one that contains a neomycin/polymyxin combination (for example Neosporin or Polysporin). An ointment of tetracycline can also be used.
CORTICO-STEROID OINTMENT OR LOTIONS
These can be used for weeping or severely itchy skin irritations caused by insect bites, by touching certain poisonous plants and other things. They are also useful in treating severe eczema. Use 3 to 4 times a day. Avoid using for long periods of time or on large areas of skin.
PETROLEUM JELLY (Petrolatum, Vaseline)
This is useful for preparing ointment or dressings in the treatment of :
- Itching from pinworm
- Chest wounds