Don’t worry, I’m not about to blast doctors. Those guys know more information than I do, including my extensive knowledge of television episodes of favourite shows. At the same time however, I am going to lament the time I visited a doctor who led me into a year of extra pain when there was a solution all along.
It was 2012 and I had suddenly developed dermatitis in 2 different locations, and no, neither of them was my butt, get it together. It turns out, dermatitis is actually painful. I thought it was just kinda itchy and looked red. Ohhh no, no no this is the kind of skin problem that causes real ouchies. Who knew. So I headed off to the doctor for a cure because surely these people of medical wisdom would know exactly how to nip the itch in the bud? Another wrong. I was prescribed a cream with steroids and told to not put soap in the area. This worked for a little while, but then the problem came back worse and would not go away. Apparently, this is the worst thing you can get a patient to do besides rub chicken feathers into it. It wasn’t until I told a nurse (in training, mind you) that I was told how to really beat one of the areas. Voila! Since then, it’s been totally gone and I no longer feel like I want to tear my face off.
However, the patch on my arm (isn’t it sickening when I refer to a ‘patch’ of disease on myself) remained and doubled in vengeance this year. So I gave up and assumed that I would be forever distracted by its presence and would just have to accept its slow spread over my arm. Until a friend told me to just try her random cream…. and the patch has now completely disappeared from view. I’m hoping it isn’t a repeat steroid situation.
She gave me hemp cream from the plain old Body Shop. What a beautiful place to make such things. The point of this post you see, is to recommend all other dermatitis sufferers to give the product a try (I’m sure other companies make hemp cream, but this is the one I used so included the company) to see if it helps you. It took almost 2 weeks for mine to fully clear up, but I wasn’t itchy during its use. I’ll keep you update if things take a sour turn.
Trust the hemp. I probably sound like one of those pro-marijuana hippies, but this isn’t about that, this is about how good it is to find something that works even if it does include a word that might turn people off it. Forget the weed leaf printed across the tube, it might also help you. And as someone who knows how shitty even a small amount of dermatitis can be, I know you’re willing to give anything a go.