The Case of the Mysterious Rash: contact dermatitis, shingles, or staph?
- This Web MD article first states that shingles occurs on one side of the body. Then you read further and it tells you about Disseminated Zoster, which is basically a rash that spreads over both sides.
Shingles on both sides is given a different name,
He called his doctor and was seen the next day. His doctor said ,"looks like the wound is healing, probably contact dermatitis." I felt strongly that it needed further treatment. I wanted them to test for staph. He refused to test it. I was very concerned we could not stop the rash completely and the herbs did not stop the itch. It was his arm and he decided to try what the doctor had suggested....no treatment.
A week later the rash had advanced rapidly up his arm. It was nasty looking. He went to urgent care next. Dr. diagnosed it as dermatitis there as well. It couldn't be staph. I argued with his diagnosis and lost. He came home with a new ointment that did not work. The rash got nastier and the itch was debilitating.
It happened that he was scheduled for a dermatology appointment two days later. The doctor immediately took a scraping. He thought it was staph, even though it didn't look quite like ' classic staph'. It was so advanced by then, he had to go into the hospital for IV Meds. He ended up suffering for two months because of misdiagnosis.
I might add we were doing well packing the wound with goldenseal powder but the itching was making him crazy. It was his primary doctor who told us that it looked like the wound was healing so leave it open without any treatment.
It is important to take herbs at least four hours apart from other medications. Don't take them all at the same time. Herbs can have an impact on how the medicine works. It can either make is more or less effective. There might be more side effects depending on the prescription. I don't take standard medicine usually but many of you do.
Some herbs such as St John's Wort cannot be taken with depression drugs at all. Combining blood thinning herbs and medicine is also dangerous. There are many prescriptions that could turn lethal if combined with herbs. I suggest you always go to an holistic doctor to supervise going off drugs and trying herbs. Never go off your medicine without supervision from a doctor.
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