Sunday, December 7, 2008

Another possible solution

My latest saga is not yet complete, the one a friend referred to as "titillating."

The Vicks did not cure my, um, upper chest condition. But some helpful advice came my way recently, from a pharmacist no less. If it's pharmacist approved, then I must try it, for it shall work.

Here is the advice I received (thanks TG!): Mix Vaseline, lanolin and 0.5% hydrocortisone ointment in a 1-to-1-to-1 ratio.

That just might work. The vaseline alone I figured would work but adding the other two ointments seems to provide not just lubricant but also some sort of healing qualities. Lanolin, as was also well recommended, helps treat chapped lips, diaper rash, itchy skin as well as sore nipples. Hydrocortisone, meanwhile, helps treat skin conditions brought upon by rashes, insect bites and allergies, to name a few.

So this concoction seems as if it will work splendidly. During my runs, I don't feel the nipple too much, but once I'm done the sensation starts to hit and I ache. Funny thing, it usually affects my right side more than my left. Not sure why that is but when I've bled the heaviest it's always been from my right side.

Now, I probably don't have to worry too much about this condition in the coming week. I have games to officiate on every day save Monday coming up, and I will probably rest or ride the bike at the gym on Monday. But - here comes another promise - before I go on my next run, I will have purchased the necessary ingredients to make my own nipple-saving cream.

Will it work? I'll have to try it and blog about it afterward. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will, for my upper chest's sake.


ChristineM said...

Hey, aren't those the same ingredients that are in Butt Paste, the super heavy duty diaper rash cream?? I just saw that in the baby aisle somewhere - maybe you could check into that. Might be cheaper than buying everything and it would already be pre-mixed.

Whew! Between "titillating" and "butt paste", it's getting pretty hot in this blog! ;)

Anyway, good luck to you!

5thsister said...

LB wrote: "During my runs, I don't feel the nipple too much,..." Luis, Luis, Luis...feeling one's nipples at any point during a run is a big no no! It's best to keep your hands off yourself. People will stare! LOL! On a serious note, though, use the hydrocortisone sparingly. Once the inflammation and redness has gone away, eliminate this ingredient from your cream.

Pamela said...

That should do it LB! I hope your runs will be more enjoyable for you soon. :)

tahoegirl said...

hey LB. so, i know you have two little girls and the time will come when they, well, develop so this topic will come up for you eventually. anyway, you may not be aware that they sell these things called pasties that you can put over your nipples that may help you. kinda like a special bandaid females can wear to be a bit discrete when they choose to not wear a bra. you can find them in the lingerie section of department stores (macy's or jc penney -- you may want to ask your wife to go get them :O) not sure if you could reuse them or not, but they are pretty sticky so they shouldn't sweat off. good luck!