I slept with my “mystery metal watch” on, and woke up with “contact dermatitis” (or, what I call “rich girl syndrome”). I know that goes away after a bit, so I ignored it. Only problem was: I ignored it on a conscious level, but I kept scratching it (probably because I put the watch back on the next day). Voila! Impetigo! (okay, that is my self-diagnosed issue, based on the fact that it looks like what the dermatologist told me when I had something that looked like this before: I can’t afford to pay the co-pay right now, so I am relying on previous diagnoses, and natural remedies)
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I am a big FOUR THIEVES OIL fan. I put that on, and it reduced the discomfort. Then I ran out. I put coconut oil with orange oil on it. That helped some, but it didn’t reduce the swelling, and the UNBEARABLE ITCH (WHICH IS DANGEROUS) kept coming back. This afternoon, I suddenly remembered that I had some grapefruit seed extract oil in the back of the closet. It’s old, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. I put the grapefruit seed extract on the lesions and rubbed it around. Then I put some coconut oil on the spot and rubbed that around, in hopes of diluting the grapefruit seed extract a bit. I went back to what I was doing, and noticed that I was going to have to scratch my arm off. I understood that at least part of that lovely sensation was the grapefruit seed extract working, and another partmight well be the coconut oil working, but it didn’t stop the discomfort. After a while, I could not take it anymore, and I rubbed some lavendar oil all over the area. That was an hour ago. Immediately after I rubbed the lavendar oil on, the discomfort began to die down. Now, one hour later, the color is less vivid. If I touch the area, it says “itch”, but I don’t need to scratch it, so I don’t want to touch it anymore right now, and I don’t feel any need to.
This is a major breakthrough for right now. I can live my life without thinking about my forearm constantly.
I’ll let you know later how it’s doing.