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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Why our house smells like Italian food all the time

Nope! It's not because spaghetti is the only thing I can make well, but I forgive you if you thought that. (And thanks for all the easy recipes yesterday. I now know where to look if I'm stuck making dinner again.)

Around July 4th, when the girls and I were up north, Chloes hands, feet, and knees started to peel. This wasn't any small ordeal, either. Her skin was literally coming off in sheets. Naturally, this worried me, but since we were 3 hours away from our pediatrician, I just watched it carefully and did some online research.

Well, watching it carefully showed that it was only getting worse, and online research didn't turn up any real answers, either. Then, a couple days later, she started a fever while we were at a friend's house for a BBQ. Then I was really worried that the peeling extremities and the highish fever were somehow related, and that she might be dying of some rare disease like leprosy or something, so of course, I took her to Urgent Care.

The Urgent Care doctor thought maybe it could be Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, but at the same time, he highly doubted that. Then he thought it could be the rare and dangerous Kawasaki disease, but her symptoms were presenting in the wrong order and she didn't seem to have enough of them, either. He was very worried, though, and gave me his card and told me that if the fever wasn't down in two days to come to his private practice and he would make sure she was seen.

Thankfully, her fever was down by then, and she started throwing up, anyway. I knew my nephew, who she'd hung out with, had had a little stomach bug, so that mystery was solved. Which still left the strange disease of the peeling skin. More vigorous internet researching unearthed the fact that sometimes a virus will cause the hands and feet to peel even months after the fact. So that's my best guess.

Well, it's been about 6 weeks, and while the peeling has stopped, her poor hands and feet are really dry and cracked. Her feet especially can get so bad that it really hurts her to walk on them. Her toenails seemed to have contracted some sort of yucky fungus during the whole ordeal, and her knees are dry and scaly. I had been putting Vaseline on her feet every night with socks on, and it was helping, but not really enough.

Then my parents came to visit last week, and, naturally, my mom was worried about the state of Chloe's skin. She went over to the health food/herb store and asked about herbal remedies. She learned that Oregano can kill fungus, such as what was growing in her toenails and that it was also helpful for ecxema (which is what a lot of her skin looks like now, especially her knees and the tops of her feet and backs of her hands). She also learned that petroleum products like Vaseline only encourage fungal growth, and so we should not be using that on her. Instead we should use olive oil, which the body/skin can metabolize better.

And so we've been slathering my daughter with Oregano spray and olive oil every night before she goes to bed. It's definitely helping things, but she sure does smell like she lives in an Italian restaurant!

12 comments :

  1. When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...
    Did you ever try Aquaphor?

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  2. Well.... crap.

    Sounds a little rough... and maybe a little stinky.... at your house.

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  3. I can't believe she still has that. You'll have to keep us posted on the oregano and olive oil treatment.

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  4. Oh man -- that's quite the beauty regime. I hope it clears up soon.

    On a side note, my kids always go to the gym day care and the workers say they smell like syrup. I could never figure out why they smelled like syrup until I realized I was feeding them borwn sugar and maple syrup oatmeal every morning.

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  5. Wow- that's crazy!! Good tip with the Oregano though!

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  6. oh my.. I didn't realize you were suffering from this.. poor mommy.. poor baby girl!! I'll be thinking of you.. and praying... and hoping that this works out for her!!

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  7. I hope she feels better soon. Good tip on the Oregano.

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  8. Oh...hope she gets better soon!

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  9. man, when it rains it pours! poor Chloe. tell her i hope she gets better soon!

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  10. Oh my goodness! :) That's crazy. On the off-chance that the Italian flavorings don't help, try CeraVe moisturizing lotion (which you can get at Walgreens). My sister uses it on her son, who has really bad eczema. I also use it as prescribed by the derm., and it works. Very very well.

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  11. Poor thing! I was super worried about her over the holiday. I'd never seen anything like it! I'm glad the above remedies are helping her, especially being the big kindergartener she is.

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  12. when I was a child, I had my skin on my hand so badly dry and cracked that I used to cry whenever I needed to wash. also blood used to come out of those cracks. than a really wise old doctor recommended vitamin A in an oily solution (if I tell you "vitamina A uleioasa" would you understand better? no clue how to translate it in English...). anyways, that thing cured my hands, but up to nowadays - that is 20 years later, I need to take good care of my hands, with cream and such... good luck with Chloe!

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