Like some of your readers, I get cracked fingers in cold weather. This year I decided to try something different. I had a place that split open on my thumb. I put Super Glue on it, held it together, and let it dry. It worked beautifully. Instant glue seals the crack so there’s no pain. When it starts washing off, I just put more on. Works great!
Physicians have been using a product similar to instant glue to close cuts. The cyanoacrylate glue they use is called Dermabond, which is now also available to consumers in Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage. It may be less irritating to the skin than household instant adhesives like Super Glue or Krazy Glue.
I used to get urinary tract infections or yeast infections every other month. Then I changed my diet. I cut out sugar, white flour, and starches like potatoes and rice. Since then I have had only one urinary tract infection. I’ve lost 20 pounds, and my eczema is 99 percent better. I only have a flare-up when I have cake or milk chocolate. I am still surprised that diet can have such an effect. Other people with eczema or seborrheic dermatitis might benefit the way I did.
There is not much research linking a high-carb diet to urinary tract infections or eczema. But reducing the amount of sugar, starch, and refined carbohydrates seems like a simple enough experiment. If it works for some people with such hard-to-treat conditions, it might be worth the trouble. Thanks for your interesting story.
I just had to let you know the success I’ve had with your suggestion to use original Noxzema for eczema. My three-year-old son has suffered from this skin condition on his legs and feet for two years. We treated it successfully with the prescription drug Elidel, but safety concerns led us to stop using it. I tried many moisturizing creams to soothe his skin, but he cried and said they hurt. I started using Noxzema the day I read your article, and there were no tears. His skin responded quickly, and after three weeks almost all traces of eczema are gone. This advice has changed my son’s life.
We are pleased to learn of your success. Lore has it that Noxzema was named after the product helped a customer “knock” eczema.
Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic