I don't mean to gross any of y'all out, but I'm having a battle fighting a certain fungus that seems to be attracted to my skin. The dear ol' docs all say it's due to my RA keeping my immune system down, and on top of that, one of the meds I take can also cause this fungus to manifest itself! My body doesn't have what it takes to kill/fight this particular fungus. I've been on 2 types of creams and antibiotics. After I finish a round of antibiotics, the rash appears again within 2-3 days; and with a vengeance! I just went through a flare up and the stuff has spread down my right arm and is on the under side of my left arm. Before, the rash stayed on the trunk of my body and bu*to*ks. *Yes, I did just use the word bu*to*ks in a post but alternated the star for some of the letters, hoping to prevent some creep from looking up my blog when they google that word!* Anyhoose, I'm embarrassed to go out in public. I'm trying to find clothing that will cover the ugliness on my right arm. Long sleeves aren't real popular here in Florida yet, as our temps are still in the 80's! Since I've previously only had the rash on the other body parts mentioned, I've never really had to worry about grossing the public out, because I usually make sure those parts are covered before venturing out of the house; but now with it on my arm screaming for attention-well, I'm just a tad self-conscious. It has been very red, inflamed, and ITCHY! Oh yeah, it's also contagious! I was instructed to keep my dirty clothes in a separate basket than hubby's and then wash them separately as well. I'm also washing my bath towel and washcloths separately as well. It's kind of a pain, but worth keeping my son and hubby from suffering with this itchy, burning stuff.
IT also seems to be taking a toll on my energy level. I've been feeling more fatigued than I have in months. Since I'm not having much luck with meds, I'm on my way now to search the internet for some natural herb/salves/cures for this. I should have done that to begin with. I've seen herbs and natural treatments do miracles both in myself and in the lives of family and friends. After my search, I'm off for a soothing bath in baking soda!