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.