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Thoughts on a daily hibiclens scrub

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 15, 2013 at 7:18 AM

I recently had a nasty bloodstream infection with s. aureus (complete with a touch of endocarditis.) Long story short, I saw several doctors for a huge range of symptoms over the past couple years, and had it mis-diagnosed as recurrent HSV-1, sinus infections, environmental allergies, Shingles, and Impetigo. (This infection is actually what got me onto the paleo diet, initially thinking it could be food sensitivities as I was always fighting what felt like a cold but without the usual cold symptoms. I kind of made a pact with myself that I had to get healthy or I was going to die.)

It wasn't until I became really sick (130/100 blood pressure and feeling deathly at 5'10" 140lbs) and my cardiologist made a call to immediately get me in to an infectious disease specialist. (I have a bicuspid aortic valve with a bit of mitral valve prolapse.) I had to blow about $2,000 in bloodwork and biopsies to rule out a viral infection or dermatitis herpetiformis and figure out what the hell was going on with my skin / body. My blood came back with a high level of the staph. cellular markers, as did a nose swab. The diagnosis was confirmed with 2 positive tests as a deep-seated systemic bloodstream infection with s. aureus.

I was prescribed two weeks of doxycycline, an $80 nose gel to apply twice daily (bactroban), and a full body antiseptic scrub. (In the past, I was given antivirals or short runs of antibiotics and topical steroid creams that never seemed to completely eradicate it, as I would get sick about every other month.)

In reading more about this, I found a 20%+ mortality rate http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/Supplement_4/S254.full which really makes me angry with the dermatologist that looked at my skin with a magnifying glass and said "stop scratching yourself" and prescribed a steroid cream. Or the ones who prescribed antivirals and immunosuppressants without confirming their diagnosis at $150+ a visit plus the wrong medication at full price.

For the first time in months (years?), I'm back to good health / flawless skin. It's amazing that none of the other doctors thought to do a whole body treatment. My symptoms included headache with aura, nausea, chills, tremors, skin lesions (resembling shingles or herpes), brain fog, tunnel vision, palpitations, ringing ears, swollen lymph nodes, and more.

My doc says that he uses a daily scrub of hibiclens (chlorhexidine) to prevent infection from his patients. When asked how long I should maintain using it, he said at least a year. Then went on to suggest that should I stop and this comes back, I would know it was sort of my own fault.

Is anyone else on here doing a full body cleanse with Hibiclens on a daily basis? Are there any health risks? Would coconut oil work as well (anecdotally, it doesn't seem to) ? (I guess this was more long story long.)

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on June 17, 2013
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Random thought, it would be cool if there was a really easy way to track my food for the week without having to be obsessive about it (like if I could just scan my grocery receipt or login to an opt-in grocery store nutrition-tracker), then supplements or additional foods would be suggested. Whole foods / trader joes should work on that.

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I'm good on D3, but, I could probably use more magnesium. I used to supplement with that occasionally with ZMA, but haven't since. I'm good on A and K2, but not Mg.. good thinking.

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Before seeing the infectious disease specialist, I went to the hospital ($250+ a bill in the mail) and they wouldn't prescribe antibiotics or antivirals because I had tried those in the past and they didn't work (and this didn't look like shingles to the hospital staff.) They didn't do blood work because 'my vitals were strong' and I didn't have medical insurance, insisting I go to a dermatologist even though they gave me a cream last time. I'm now reading that without antibiotics, there was an 80%+ chance of death. Geez. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120816201443.htm

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Ouch!

Have you had your D3 blood level checked? It may be worth supplementing to a high optimal range to support your immune system. 60-80 ng/ml is what to shoot for. You need sufficient Magnesium, A and K2 as cofactors for D3.

I am having good success with coconut oil for a small superficial staph infection. I have had to be persistent, but it does seem to be clearing up, albeit slowly.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:36 AM

I'm good on D3, but, I could probably use more magnesium. I used to supplement with that occasionally with ZMA, but haven't since. I'm good on A and K2, but not Mg.. good thinking.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:41 AM

Random thought, it would be cool if there was a really easy way to track my food for the week without having to be obsessive about it (like if I could just scan my grocery receipt or login to an opt-in grocery store nutrition-tracker), then supplements or additional foods would be suggested. Whole foods / trader joes should work on that.

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