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Chastises for Lack of Insurance ... Carmol40
Doing a great service to us all.
Thanks for the support. I am a 52 year old woman living in the
Florida Keys. An antifungal
drug (the Rural Health Clinic thought I had ringworm) triggered an
eruption of guttate P over about 80% of my body.
This happened in a little over 48 hours.
I was flipping out. Our
health care here is very
limited. After a regimen of
Prednisone didn't make a dent, I saw a Derm.
I'm covered with these purple
things — I had no clue. The
Derm walks in, no introduction looks me up and down like I'm from another
planet, and the first words out of his mouth are, "You HIV
positive?" I nearly fell
on the floor — great bedside manner huh?
I informed him
that I had no insurance and his reply was, “That's pretty stupid, next
to rent that the most important thing you can buy.” As my options for
MD's down here are very limited, I followed his advise and spent a ton of
money. Creams, lotions steroid's, etc.
The sun and salt water do help but I do have to work for a living.
I have found
sort of an underground source for medicines and am currently having some
success with a 40 % urea cream called Carmol40. Very
expensive, but it has broken through the flakes and helped a great deal.
I also use a 100% Jojoba extract, and a combination of T-GEL
shampoo mixed with tea tree shampoo 2/3 tar to 1/3 Tea Tree.
I have had
success with this treatment in about 1 week — a string of lesions that
covers from my hip to just above my knee has begun to shrink.
Nothing stops the itching, yet, but I think I might be making
I'm sorry this
is so long, it's nice to be able to communicate with someone who has an
understanding of the problem. Keep up the good work. –Tina G.
Response: The good news is you
live in the Florida Keys — a very beautiful place, I’m told.
Why in the world can’t it attract decent Derms?
Your derm needs to be thwacked.
Or throttled. Or both.
What a callous SOB! I’m
sorry, but nothing irritates me more than stories about rude, obnoxious
doctors. And this ass with
whom you got stuck! Of course
he thinks health insurance is the next most important acquisition after
rent: If too many people forgo
health insurance some sort of government subsidy — beyond
Medicare/Medicaid — will be required and then his six figure salary will
be in jeopardy. Who is he to
dictate your life’s priorities? ...
Oh don’t get me started.
Tree compounded shampoo sounds interesting, Tina.
You get your coal-tar derivative from the T-Gel and your
antifungal, antibacterial agent from the T-Tree.
I found a great
web page about your Carmol40.
It IS a prescription drug; however, this particular web site
— MedicalWellnessCenter.com — provides an on-line consultation
alternative after which “one of our physicians” will issue a
prescription (for $49.95 + the cost of the medication).
Let’s hope this a practice limited to the mildest of therapies!
particularly intrigued by the suggestion, on this web page, that Carmol40
might be used in conjunction with a topical corticosteroid.
The benefit of this is that the Carmol40 would exfoliate (remove
tissue), softening the lesion, after which the corticosteroid would
penetrate deeper, easier. That
sounds like a good idea to me. I
think I’ve wasted thousands of dollars (granted, insurance dollars)
applying topical corticosteroids that languished, without effect, locked
out on top of a lesion, until they were uselessly washed off.
Like laying seed to hard topsoil without tilling it first.
Let us know how
that Carmol40 works out for you, Tina.