COVID creates weird symptoms in your body. Some occur at the beginning, others add to your frustration in the middle of the corona journey, and frequently continue long after you recover. Leading into the next topic, are you contagious if you are experiencing a #COVIDrash or when you can’t taste and smell 2-3 months after COVID? No! As of, February 2021 the current recommendations are to remain quarantined for 10 days from the peak of your symptoms. What if these symptoms start early on? YES! Absolutely, yes!
I can attest to this personally. My COVID journey started and ended with allergic skin reactions. Even though I was not aware at the time, my very first symptom was facial swelling. At the start, before I knew, I infected a close friend and we are both #COVIDsurvivors together. Except I am the only one suffering from COVID long haulers symptoms. Now, 6 weeks after the start of my balloon face, I still have a COVID rash😩. What is the most effective treatment for my rash? Eczema cream & natural ocean saltwater.
Before discovering this, I researched feverishly on how to treat a COVID rash? Working in healthcare I have hundreds of thousands of other experts available to me. Yes, it is an unfair advantage, but that is why I am here to share this knowledge with you.
I am in a COVID group with over 82k other healthcare workers. We all correspond with one another and help each other through this COVID journey. Everyone in my healthcare group used hydrocortisone cream, but dealt with the rash for up to 3 months. Geez! I decided to give it a try. Epic FAIL! Hydrocortisone cream didn’t decrease my visible rash and 24 hours later, my rash spread. Imagine a few blotches growing overnight into a red rash covering my entire abdomen, sides, and now the blotches were visible in my chest area. Huge eye roll! I needed a new and different plan. There must be a better option.
It was time to be innovative. After asking a few of my physician friends and doing a little personal research, I was curious about Ivermectin. Everyone is talking about using Ivermectin for COVID and there is a topical form used for rosacea. I try to eliminate all opinions and just give you the facts, but let’s be real, I work in healthcare, and sadly, this is a fact as well. Pharmaceutical companies want profits. Politics impact the product cost with a consumer in America.
Stromectol is the prescription version of Ivermectin used topically for rosacea. Stromectol costs a whopping $200 and you can get a similar topical ointment for $5 meant for animal use. I know, I know. You think I am crazy, but I researched this as well. Thousands of people used Ivermectin intended for horses topically safely for rosacea. The concentration is higher, but I was willing to give it a go.
After my first Ivermectin dose, my rash was almost invisible, but this was short-lived. It reappeared but did not spread. To my surprise, my energy level improved while applying Ivermectin topically (I eventually took Ivermectin orally with positive results, but that is another blog post🤪).
During week 5 I felt much better and my energy was almost 100%, but my silly rash (even though it wasn’t spreading) was not going away either. I decided to try my eczema creams. If this silly COVID virus causes a hyperimmune response, this should be effective. (I still believe there is something to my theory of allergies and symptom severity…. but that is another topic as well.)
Cordran is a corticosteroid that helps suppress a hyperactive immune response. I began applying 0.05% Cordran cream topically throughout the day. It was working! Finally, my rash was disappearing, but still visible. Frustrations! I had a Miami trip in less than a week.
When I was there, I put on my best one-piece suit, showing only part of my COVID rash to South Beach. Miami is not ready for the full rash disclosure😂 ! Ironically, the ocean water was the best treatment possible for my rash.
I made sure the ocean waves crashed over my abdomen. I kept my body immersed in the natural saltwater. I woke up the next day to a barely visible rash. The oat baths, the steroids, hydrocortisone cream, and even Ivermectin did not work as well as the ocean waves & Cordran. I continue to apply 0.05% Cordran topically, and my rash remains barely visible. The rash has not increased or become more visible, but I will keep you posted.
If you do not have ocean water available, Cordran worked the best for me. Imagine putting a steroid cream on your skin topically. I basically helped calm down the hyperimmune response coronavirus creates. I will follow up and let you know when it disappears, but a few dots are present at 6 wks. Considering how this virus works, I highly recommend continuing to take Pepcid twice a day along with Asprin until your rash subsides. I am. Then, it is up to you and your healthcare provider for how much longer you continue. 6 weeks in, I am continuing Pepcid and Asprin as preventative maintenance so to speak. I am concerned about blood clots and my vanity hates the rash.