Thursday, September 25, 2014


A little over a week ago I noticed Ian had a red mark on his face. When I asked him about it he said it was because Henry threw a tennis ball at his face. I gave Henry a lecture about throwing things and went about my day. The next day the red splotch was bigger and now bumpy. This wasn't a mark from a ball this was something else. It looked like a rash. I set up an appointment to take him in to see the doctor the next morning. We spent 40 min waiting either in the lobby or in the exam room waiting to see the doctor. She walks in takes one look at him and says it looks like ring worm. Evidently it is athlete's foot but on his face and it is treated with a cream that you can buy over the counter at any pharmacy. 

We have a nurse friend who happened to see Ian running around at an activity later that day and he knew just what it was and told us that the best treatment was tabacco. The actualy leaves, wet down and spread on the rash was going to kill it faster than the creams.

We figured we would give it a try. But having never purchased tabacco leaves or products ever we didn't know exactly where to go to get some.  So we headed to Walmart. You can find everything at Walmart. Not my favorite shopping place but handy. After asking several people that work there where the tabacco products were we finally found a bag of tabacco leaves as pure as we could find.

Ian got the tabacco treatment. He really didn't like it. I think part of it is that he knows our family and religions stand on smoking tabacco and he was a little uncomfortable about using it on his skin.  We had to break out the Doctrine and Covenants and look in section 89. Verse 8 says : And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.

 It was smelly and he said it really stings. But stinging is good since then you know it is killing or cleaning out the fungus. 

The red patch is still with us. It can take 2-4 weeks to go away but the tabacco treatments have seemed to help. We are doing both tabacco treatments and the cream and the red spot is getting less red and we like to think it is getting smaller. It doesn't seem to phase him much. 

1 comment:

Bibliophile said...

Do you know how Ian got ringworm? I think Karen had it at one time, but it was a bright red ring on her arm. It wasn't a circle. I hope it isn't contagious. Could Peasy have given him the ringworm? That's how Karen got it.