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Opportunistic Infections

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I’ve been careful all along not to get sick with anything else. I know my immune system is running over capacity in order to keep the tick-borne infections in check. I do my best to keep my body running without additional stressors. I avoid people who have a cold or a flu. I make sure my food is well-cooked. I wash my hands all the time.

Then there are the things I can’t avoid. One of my readers saw the photo of my sternum rash and called me. He has some medical training and said I should get checked out for tinea versicolor. I read up on it last night (in the middle of the night, I woke up to the heavy rains and wind from Hurricane Irene and couldn’t sleep for several hours).

Tinea versicolor an opportunistic infection caused by a fungus that already grows on the skin of most people. It is most common in hot, humid climates, like NYC this summer, and among people with compromised immune system or adolescent males. I arguably have an altered, if not outright compromised immune system, between everything that I’ve been dealing with, including chronic infections, too many antibiotics, and for the past year fludrocortisone for my blood pressure which is a mild immune suppressant.

The treatment options are not so bad, and I can try them myself. The first is to do nothing and wait for the weather to cool, which it seems to be doing, but I’m not convinced that September will stay this cool. The next is to try dandruff shampoo with selenium sulfide once a week, or athlete’s foot daily for a few weeks. Also not so bad. I checked and found a few Rife frequencies for tinea versicolor which I’m tempted to try, maybe tomorrow. The American Academy of Dermatologists doesn’t seem to be against self-diagnosis, but suggests seeing a doctor if two weeks of treatment on a small area doesn’t work.

Like the kidney stones, I consider this an iatrogenic complication. I attribute this infection to the fludrocortisone, maybe incorrectly, but my heat rashes of old usually appeared in the shower and disappeared within an hour. Maybe those were the same infection, but it never got out of control the way it did this summer.

I wonder if the food allergy hypothesis is out the window or if the food sensitivities throw my immune system more out of whack giving the infection more opportunity to torment me.

Coiling

  • Bartonella, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes
  • Babesia, ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute; liver, 5 minutes; chest, 5 minutes
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • kombucha
  • BioMat (2-3 hours at levels 2 & 3)
  • plenty of rest

Body

I didn’t sleep terribly well last night. I woke up around 3:30am to the sound of the storm. I got out of bed at 4 and stayed up for 2 hours. I was hungry and lonely (remedy, ice cream and a phone call) and restless.

All day I’ve been tired and out of sorts. My body temperature is up and down. I’m itchy…nothing like the thought of a fungal infection to make a person itch all over! I’ve got the usual aches and pains that go with rapidly changing weather, the gusts of wind outside followed by calm, and the cooling temperatures and the variable humidity.

I sense the beginning of the Lyme Herx from last night as a soreness in my thoracic spine and paraspinal muscles. Not sure if that’s the cause, but feels familiar.

The usual problems continue: excessively soft bowels, urinary hesitation, floaters in my vision, mild headache (left side worse), ear pain (both sides), swollen lymph nodes in my lower back.

Heading to bed early tonight to try to readjust my sleep schedule.

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