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Ask Dr. Gott 2/23

Shaving cream cures ringworm

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DEAR DR. GOTT: Many years ago, I had a problem with ringworm. (I love cats, and I will pick up a stray anytime.) I have been infected with ringworm many times and had no results with medications prescribed by my doctor. I went to see a company physician for an unrelated matter, and he noticed the ringworm. He advised me to use Mennen Brushless shave cream, regular, several times a day for several days. The ringworm disappeared in no time at all, and I have used it ever since whenever I have another encounter.
    I just thought I'd pass this along. Maybe someone else can benefit from this very simple and inexpensive cure to an annoying problem.
    DEAR READER: This is a new one for me, but, if it works, so much the better. Thanks for writing.
    DEAR DR. GOTT: I thought I would share this information with you and your readers for what it's worth.
    I've been diagnosed with, and have endured, psoriasis on various parts of my body for years. These last couple of years it has invaded my hands.
    I have seen numerous dermatologists and have been prescribed salves, creams and lotions for years, none of which worked for any length of time. After applying a topical, the intense itching and burning would begin, and I would need to relieve it by scratching until it bled. It became a vicious cycle; however, I am happy to say my psoriasis is completely gone. I owe my thanks to you for the advice I read in one of your columns on using Vicks VapoRub for toenail fungus.
    I thought, "What do I have to lose"? I used Vicks religiously throughout the day whenever possible. I still keep a jar in my car, one next to my bed and one by my kitchen sink. I tried to massage it in well, reaching the deep cracks. As it started to callous over, I would clip the larger pieces, careful not to clip too deep. After about a month or so, it healed.
   DEAR READER: I'd say that this information is truly worth paying attention to. Thanks for writing.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Eczema and Psoriasis."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am on levothyroid. I would like to take Armour instead because it is a natural thyroid replacement, but my doctor is adamantly against it because of all the impurities. What do you think?
    DEAR READER: Several years ago, authorities discouraged the use of Armour thyroid because the dosage in the pills was inconsistent. Then, a few years later, the same indictment was leveled against the makers of synthetic thyroid hormone. At that time, the Armour product was upgraded, so, to my knowledge, either product is appropriate to use, and there is no problem with impurities. If I were you, I'd pick the cheapest medication, but — as with other, similar issues — follow your doctor's advice.
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