Re: [CH] epidermal epistle

Walt Gray (
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 19:17:52 -0400

> <major snippette>
> Hey, speaking of skin and capsaicin - my mom recently had a bout of
> shingles (viral skin disease) and the doctors told her there was no topical
> treatment to ease the tingling irritation.  Someone else told me that there
> are cap products that can alleviate this.  That's what I suspected, too.
> Anybody have information on this?
>   Shingles is caused by the herpes simplex virus, the same virus that
> causes "cold sores" and/or "fever blisters" around the mouth.  My secretary
> is punished with these from time to time, and she does the following- cuts
> a raw hab in half and applies the cut pepper directly to the area of
> scourge.  Her eruptions are usually gone within 24 hours, compared to about
> 12-14 days if left untreated.  So, I don't think a little cap cream would
> hurt, if you could stand it.  No medical facts to back this up, just figure
> if it works on the virus on one part of the body, it should work on another
> part of the body.

I am using ground dried habs w/a little water, on a swab to treat poison ivy or
oak.  I didn't think I was alergic to either---suprise.  It takes several
applications but it cuts the itch and seems to hurry the drying process.  It
burns some especially if you take a hot shower...

   Walt Gray --- Alexandria, Virginia
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