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Germ X™ for Palmo-plantar pustulosis  (PPP)
from Glenda

Hi Ed, I have PPP and am getting a lot of relief from using Germ X™[http://www.germx.com]  before applying topicals. Maybe you could mention that someone mentioned it.  Might help someone else.

Thanks! -Glenda

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Ed’s Response: Thanks for the tip, Glenda.  In surfing for more info about Germ X, I came across this blog exchange, which I found interesting....

http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=35;t=001683;p=0

In case you don't read into it too far, it appears Germ X — and other hand sanitizers that are alcohol based — do kill germs and don't have the "residue" that actually provides a safe haven for them (and a place for them to mutate into less killable strains).

It will be interesting to see if we get comments via FlakeHQ to your tip. Logically, I would assume the germ-killing properties of Germ X "prep the site [a lesion]" to which you subsequently apply topical meds.  Probably not a bad idea.  But who knows — mightn't our topical corticosteroids actually "bulk up" some of the germs that gravitate toward our lesions? (Quasi-kidding)

If germs in lesions are an aggravating factor for some flakers, it seems logical to treat [clean] for them, too.  -Ed

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Glenda responds: Thank you for looking into this. I decided to try Germ X when I noticed how soft it made my hands.  My Palmer planter pustulosis is giving me the most trouble on my feet. Before, if my feet weren't itching or flaking, the skin would toughen like leather and crack; always one thing or two other. Now, I wash my feet daily with bathing gloves until my feet soften. Next I use the Germ X to soften more, to cool and to help with the itching. After that I use regular lotion.  (Pretty Feet™ is great.)  And once or twice a day I apply (prescription) Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP. I've been doing this for about 4 months and am able to forget my feet for most of the day and my feet don't wake me in the middle of the night anymore. In fact I'm almost well. I'm hoping this might be helpful. Thank you.  -Glenda

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