June 09, 2006

If Drugs Are Like Gold and Jewels

. . . physicians are the dragons placed in front of the cave to guard them.

I went to the doctor today for a hydrocortisone shot and some prednisone, but was instead given more skin care advice—none of it too different from what I've been doing over the past three decades. The only real news is that diphenhydramine is not a form of diprolene, so I've been buying the wrong OTC shit. I'm mad at myself, because I'm a proofreader and fact-checker. No excuse.

If the holistic approach doesn't work, however, I will install myself in a tower with a long-range rifle and start shooting—just before I scratch the skin right off my body.

Posted by Attila Girl at June 9, 2006 07:39 PM | TrackBack

EEEEEK! whatthe's been going on?!?

Posted by: k at June 10, 2006 04:45 AM

Another "dr. do-little" I see! Lots of that in the news recently. So OTC cough medicines ONLY provide 60% relief? Isn't that better than NOTHING? And music might be ALMOST AS EFFECTIVE as certain pain killers so doctors should suggest that as the first course of treatment. Oh yeah? How about I introduce you, Doc, to my little buddy-- Louisville Slugger-- and see what YOU do first! And don't get me started about antibiotics! Drug-resistant bacteria are a good sign that you didn't KILL THEM ALL in the first place! No second or third generations to carry on if they're all dead! Go ahead and assume the normal course of treatment(4-7 days) without testing upon completion to make sure. And pass out antibiotics like candy in the Third World where they are sure to only see you once.

Oh, YOUR problem? (You never give us enough details to play doctor satisfactorily, by the way...) I've had good success with Neutrogena's "Soothing Relief Anti-Itch Moisturizer" combined with OTC hydrocortisone cream. Both are available at Walgreens. Try those.

There was a first version of this, LOST FOREVER, when your little system ATE IT!!! May it rest in pieces!

Posted by: Darrell at June 10, 2006 08:45 AM

Atopic dermatitis.

Posted by: Attila Girl at June 10, 2006 09:23 AM

Yuck.... hope you can get if figured out...or at least find an effective treatment.

Do they know what causes it, or is one of those things our beloved medical proffesion hasn't a clue about?

Posted by: Zendo Deb at June 10, 2006 06:32 PM

Have you tried tacrolimus ointment (Protopic*) or pimecrolimus cream (Elidel)? They are part of the new generation of immuno-modulators. I'd also go with oral prednisone(lo-dose during outbreaks) and plaquenil, just to let your immune system know who's boss!

And just in case, I recommend that someone with REAL money out there send LMA $2 million right away! If this is stress related, we have to get a handle on this right away...

Posted by: Darrell at June 10, 2006 07:58 PM

atopic means genetically allergic. you're born with the antibodies to harmless things, you don't have to wait for an exposure to make your system create antibodies in its confusion.

but, *atopic* is used interchangeably with *allergic* sometimes.

dermatitis means a skin allergic or allergic-type reaction.

her doc is saying, Ya got a skin allergy.

Things can be stubborn as all get out.

can include stuff like eczema too.

pls xcuse useless spelling, hand in cast. i give up.

Posted by: k at June 10, 2006 07:58 PM

D-- I'm using Protopic on my neck and legs, and Clobex on my hands. It's getting better--slowly.

K-- I've also heard that there are "atopic" individuals who are prone to this. Supposedly they tend to be bright and a bit hyper. If I meet anyone like that, I'll let you know . . .

Posted by: Attila Girl at June 10, 2006 08:13 PM

hmmm...!!! ;)

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