WARNING! CONTAINS HORROR...
Remember when I purchased this lovely three piece lounge off Ebay a few weeks ago? A little before that I'd started myself on glucosamine and fish oil for my sore back and creaky joints. I'd never taken them before and I remember Ken being unable to take these particular products because they induced an itchy rash.
Anyway, a little after I'd started this regimen of joint oiling, I too developed an itchy rash. So I cut out the glucosamine first of all...it made no difference. So then the fish oil went...still no difference. I took antihistamines...nope, no difference. After about four weeks of this and being driven mad by this itchy rash, yesterday I went to the doctor. Vijay asked me the usual things...had I changed soap, laundry powder, etc. I said no but told him my suspicions about the glucosamine and fish oil. He looked a little puzzled but made no comment and asked if he could check the rash.
He had a look at my arms and back and then looked at me and said; "This is not an allergic rash...it is scabies!" I was appalled, to put it mildly. I couldn't think where on earth I'd picked it up from and was almost in tears at the thought of having anything like that. To me, it was tantamount to having an STD, my flesh crawled with disgust. Vijay gave me the name of an ointment which was a one-off treatment and I have to return to see him on Tuesday.
I puzzled about all the way home about where I could have picked up this disgusting infestation. As soon as I walked in the door and saw the lounge, I knew.
The seller on Ebay had said that it needed spot cleaning. I could cope with that and didn't really worry about it and when the lounge arrived, it didn't look too bad. Then a couple of weeks ago, I decided to have my carpets cleaned and thought I'd get the lounge done at the same time. When the cleaner had finished, he commented that the lounge had had fruit juice and other liquids spilt on it, but he'd managed to get most of it out. I was thrilled at the difference...it was six shades lighter! Garry also made the comment that he'd sanitised it so that any bacteria or insects were dealt with. I wondered briefly about the insects but gave it no more thought until yesterday.
My outbreak coincided exactly to just after I got the lounge...it obviously needed more than spot cleaning and I was so glad I'd had it thoroughly cleaned and sanitised professionally. Needless to say, today, my bed linen was washed with water soluble eucalyptus oil in each load, the cushions on the lounge were washed...I went through all my clothes like a dose of salts...putting eucalyptus in each wash. It made for a hell of a lot of work, but I could not leave it for one more day...eeeewww!
So there you go, I got more for my money than what I had bargained on...it gives me the crawlies just to think about it. I've put the cream treatment all over me, into every fold of skin (and believe me, there are a few at this age!), between my fingers and toes and everywhere! I also bought some Dettol antiseptic cream to soothe the itch and prevent reinfection. Every time I wash my hands, I reapply more cream, because it has to be left on the skin for at least eight hours, preferably longer.
I can't understand someone putting something up for sale that wasn't clean...don't they have any self respect? Would you sell something that was so dirty? Obviously the seller must have had someone in the household with scabies...it comes from contact from sharing towels, face washers, linen, etc or direct intimate contact with someone else who has the scourge.
However, the best part is, I can start taking the glucosamine and fish oil again. As Vijay said, the rash was too localised for it to be an allergy and also, an allergy would come up in 24 hours or less.
So that's been my weekend. Don't come near me yet...unclean!!
As a Prelude .....
5 years ago