So I've been trying to get my hubby to use Iodine over the last 3 years and he still throws his little fits of disbelief now and again. He comes home last week and tells me about a guy he works with. So the story goes like this...
This young guy breaks an ankle and has surgery. They put on a cast and he complains that his ankle is burning constantly and doc says it normal. After a couple of weeks of screaming pain (treated by painkillers) they remove the cast to find they had left an Iodine soaked gauze under the cast and it ate a hole through the skin to the bone. The guy is out of work for the next two weeks to recover because they said it is his fault becuase he is allergic to iodine.
My husband thinks this is enough evidence to complain.
I tell him that it's not the iodines fault but the those who put on the cast.
This is how it is for me with iodine and bandages and limited air circulation. If I get bit by fire ants I swell up with big ugly boils full of nasty liquid. If I just apply the iodine immediately after washing the bite (leaving it exposed to air) the boils do not get as large. If I do not apply iodine the boils get huge within four hours. If I apply a bandage over the bite with the iodine, the iodine will eat the first layer of my skin pretty quick. This is how I get rid of skin tags and I believe this method destroys the layer where the ant poison is setting. If I don't use the iodine, I wake up in the middle of the night having scratched off a layer of my skin while I slept. I prefer the iodine method with the bandage, but only leave the bandage on for no more then an hour. (Fire Ants do not bite some folks like my husband)
Covering any area with a bandage with even one tiny spot of iodine makes my skin burn pretty quick. I leave it on for as long as I can tolerate it, but I want the iodine to go deep enough to do the job. I had to remove a cyst two months ago and leaving the bandage on for a while did the trick. It might not bother another person at all.
I'm giving this information to you so you can glean from it what you will. Be cautious, read what the VWT team supply to you in the way of information but don't take it without doing as much reading as possible. For over 3 years, they have gathered every scrap of info on iodine they can find. They have countless hours of research posted here along with testomonies from members.
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My theory is that it usually takes 2 years for friends and family members to accept the benefits of iodine. For some reason my husband is being a tad bit more stubborn then the rest of my family.
I was sick, gleaned what I could from the VWT team and applied it. I guess I've been selfish quite a bit with the VWT Team. I got what I needed, got better and went on my marry way.
Finding this forum and the team was like finding a diamond in a cupcake!
I highly doubt that the Iodine "ate a hole through the skin to the bone".
If he had just had ankle surgery, he already had a hole through his skin to the bone.
The body absorbs Iodine through the skin, so after two weeks how much iodine was left on that gauze?
I am sure that the iodine used was povidone, not lugol's.
Iodine slows down healing time. If you take the time to read the Derry stuff you will see that that is because iodine is actually working TO REGENERATE the skin. REGENERATE it to an approximation of the original. SKIN. NOT scar tissue.
However, from what I can see, Derry used it on closed scars, not open wounds. Can't remember whether or not he abraded them...
Now, of course, here's the flip side to the argument. I doubt that these folks were concerned about the minimization or eradication of scar tissue...
I once worked with a surgeon who prescribed daily dressing changes that included painting perfectly healthy surgical wounds with iodine. This and many other antiseptics can destroy fibroblasts, which are essential to wound healing. The surgeon, however was a tough customer Despite the seemingly countless papers I presented him on iodine's damaging effects, he remained unconvinced. His argument was simply, "I've always done it this way."
Wow! thanks for the info. I am going to use it on my scars.
I don't think that Iodine leaves any scar at all. I have painted it straight on my neck and face for 3 days straight. The skin peels but leaves no scar. I have my husband paint half my back (herniated disc) and then cover it with my pajama's before going to bed. Now loosely covered I can tolerate but covering with a bandage I nearly go insane. I am using the original big bottle of Iodine that so many of us ordered a couple of years ago. I know it is a lot stronger then providine or betadine.
The more I thought about it yesterday the more i wondered if the iodine was having a reaction with the gauze material itself. Could it be that if we put different materials under a microscope and then applied Lugol's iodine to them, that we might see different reactions or temperature changes.
Maybe it is my skin. Is it to sensitive since I have always had issues with soaps. If I put an iodine bandage over my daughters moles she can't stand it for long either.
With the cyst it was under my bra strap from working in the hot summer on my organic garden all summer. I really had to work to get it to drain it's solid looking contents with a drawing ointment. It smelled horrible. As large as a pencil eraser. I got fed up with it.
I forced myself to keep a bandage soaked in iodine on it for 24 hours. It ate a hole through the skin. The cyst had closed back up completely by the time i used the iodine. After almost 2 hours I felt the cyst erupt and when it did the pain nearly knocked me over. I changed the dressing with a new iodine soaked gauze and did not remove until the next day. I even had to take a pain killer, it was that bad for me. For me it feels like someone has put a match to my skin. Like fire.
I removed the gauze and there was a hole left at the sight. I do mean hole. I was left with a burn mark/scar look to the area for about 6 weeks. It healed up and the skin grew back.
I've noticed a new cyst 2 inches down form the old one but not as big. It drained very easy. I'v repeated the iodine process again. I have what looks like a burn mark now. Skin has healed over and I am waiting to see if the cyst back.
I tried this on a cyst I've had on my breast for over 20 years. It came back after a month. Not as big. The skin is more sensitive there so could not leave it on as long. I am gearing up for a longer iodine treatment at that sight.