Well, Trapper won't make any medical claims for SSKI , he doesn't have to. The info's out there. SSKI is cheap, and effective. Why has it fallen out of favor? Methinks that this might have to do with the fact that it's not patentable....
Potassium Iodide has been used medically for a great variety of complaints, from emphysema to bronchitis to cirrhosis to syphillis. It is effective against both the staph and strep bacetria. It's a great thing to have on hand. If you're worried about effect on thyroid, then have that monitored. I must say though that in all my research, the weight of the evidence shows that high-dosing of iodine/iodide, does NOT effect PERMANENT thyroid changes(in MOST people. There will always be exceptions). Transient, yes. Permanent, no.
Excellent overview on the many uses of potassium iodide
Potassium Iodide in the treatment of recurrent staphylococcal skin infections
Original title: Yoduro potŠsico en el tratamiento de la estafilococcia recurrente de la piel
Med Cutan Iber Lat Am 2006; 34 (2): 57-62
An open clinical study was performed to know the therapeutic value of the Potassium Iodide administered in saturated solution form ( SSKI ) for the treatment of recurrent staphylococcal skin infections. The included cases presented three clinical forms of the infection: 16 cases of folliculitis, 10 cases with furuncles and 4 cases with carbuncle. To be included the patients they should behave an affection of three or more years of evolution and to have six or more annual relapses in those a treatment with systemic Antibiotic should be used. The SSKI was administered to a concentration of 47 mg/drop during 12 months to an initial dose of 1.41 g/day, increasing 0,705 mg every 6-7 days until a daily dose of 4.23 g/day. In the first consultation it was also used a treatment with systemic and topic Antibiotics . The relapses disappeared and the therapy with systemic Antibiotics were not necessary after the second month of treatment. Relapses of the infection were not observed in the following months as neither after 12 months after having concluded the treatment. Adverse reactions were not observed by the employment of SSKI during the two years of follow-up. It is considered that the SSKI is useful for the treatment of recurrent staphylococcal skin infections. The SSKI does not create bacterial resistance and it preserves the employment of Antibiotics for other more serious infections.
SIR,-I am a little disappointed that an author
as competent as Dr Anne E Tattersfield (29
April, p 1123) does not know of a more
effective mucolytic agent against tenacious
sputum than steam inhalation or a hot drink.
I have used Potassium Iodide 8į,, which was
recommended by Strumpell 100 years ago, in
many hundreds of patients successfully (two
tablespoons twice daily for four successive
days, followed by a three-day interval). True,
its taste is beastly, but tolerable in milk,
orange juice, or beer and washed down with
it. The effect lasts for 24-48 h after the last
dose, so that the three-day interval permits one
to judge the positive effect. If there is none
the dose must be doubled or trebled. As some
of the iodide is excreted in the saliva its taste
may affect the appetite and, rarely, after long
periods of medication, it may cause myxoedema.
And why has ephedrine been omitted as a
remedy for breathlessness on exertion ? It acts
much longer than the new beta-agonists
salbutamol and terbutaline, up to 8 h. If taken
1 h before rising in the morning and in the
early afternoon no tolerance develops. The
first dose to try is 30 mg, but this should be
increased up to 60 mg if no palpitations or
As bronchitis is in many emphysematous patients a very chronic affection, and i?
attended with submucous thickening in the bronchial tubes and consequent
diminution of their calibre, the iodide of potassium is an agent of special '
value for its relief. Whether the influence of this remedy is due to a sorbe-
facient power or to some other unexplained mode of action, there is no doubt
of its great value in chronic bronchitis, so that for this complication of emphysema
it claims a very high rank among medicines. The rapidity with which
relief is afforded to the cough and dyspnúa of bronchitis, and to the asthmatic
paroxysms attending it, by full doses of 10 or 15 grains of iodide of
potassium at intervals of four hours, makes it probable that its action is
partly neurotic in character. It is remarked by Austin Flint, Sr., that when
the iodide has effected a marked improvement in the chronic bronchitis
he has known the characteristic deformity caused by the emphysema to be
Potassium iodide wipes out STREP....(read both links)
Treatment of erythema nodosum and nodular vasculitis with potassium iodide
Twenty-four of twenty-eight patients with erythema nodosum and sixteen of seventeen patients with nodular vasculitis responded to treatment with potassium iodide. Relief of symptoms occurred within 2 days. The average duration of treatment was 3 weeks and the lesions took an average of 2 weeks to resolve. The possible mode of action of potassium iodide is discussed and an immunosuppressive effect mediated by heparin is suggested.
Erythema nodosum, a painful disorder of the subcutaneous fat, is the most common type of panniculitis. Generally, it is idiopathic, although the most common identifiable cause is streptococcal pharyngitis. Erythema nodosum may be the first sign of a systemic disease such as tuberculosis, bacterial or deep fungal infection, sarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer.
Treatment of aphthous stomatitis with potassium iodide: An open study
Two patients with major aphthosis and three with minor aphthosis which proved resistant to corticosteroids were treated with oral potassium iodide at doses ranging between 600 and 900 mg/day. Healing began after 3 days and was complete in a week. Tolerance was excellent despite the disagreeable taste of the drug.
Potassium Iodide in Mental Diseases. - WALKER (New York Med.
Jour., 1908, Ixxxvii, 19) reports eleven instances, some of them syphilitic,
of mental disease in which potassum iodide in massive doses has exerted
a pronounced effect. He considers that it is impossible to give enormous
doses of this drug unless the patient is on a full diet and the iodide is
given directly after meals. He employs the saturated solution in water
or given in milk, and has yet to find an individual who is unable to take
the drug in very large doses. In most patients a "primary eruption,"
situated chiefly on the chest and face, is noted; slight nausea also may
occur, both these symptoms, however, disappear upon increase of
dosage. In a good percentage of cerebral syphilis, if treatment is begun
within three months after mental impairment is noticed, the patient
will regain his normal faculties. Some difficulty may occur in getting
the dose above 300 or 400 grains, but only when it is impossible to get
the patient to eat heartily, and Walker has a number of patients who,
after passing out of his hands, have been taking 60 grains of the drug
three times dailv for months without deleterious effect.
Abstract A case of entomophthoromycosis of the nose and paranasal sinus is presented. To our knowledge, this is the youngest patient reported with this infection. Though the clinical picture mimicked a malignancy, histopathology clinched the diagnosis of entomophthoromycosis. The lesions resolved completely with oral potassium iodide.
"A 10 month old male child presented in the emergency department with stridor. The child had an insidiously increasing diffuse swelling of the right cheek, proptosis, multiple subcutaneous nodules and soft tissue swelling around the eye with nasal discharge and noisy breathing for the last two months. Examination showed a fleshy mass occupying the right nasal cavity and nasopharnyx.....
"10 drops of sski(760mg/ml) were given orally, three times per day. After two weeks of starting therapy the patient showed remarkable improvement in his general condition as well as decrease in facial edema. Over a period of three months, the subcutaneous nodules completely subsided with resolution of the nasal mass and proptosis. At 6 months of therapy, patient was completely asymptomatic and was decannulated."
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2000 Sep 1;217 (5):707-9, 674 10976304 (P,S,E,B)
Pseudallescheria boydii infection of the nasal cavity of a horse.
[My paper] P R Davis, G A Meyer, R R Hanson, J S Stringfellow
Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL 36849-5522, USA.
An 18-year-old 454-kg (1,000-lb) American Quarter Horse gelding was evaluated because of chronic intermittent malodorous right-sided nasal discharge. Endoscopy revealed a mycotic plaque in the nasal cavity adjacent to the nasomaxillary opening of the right caudal maxillary sinus. The nasomaxillary opening appeared to be larger than normal. Fungal culture of specimens of the mycotic plaque yielded Pseudallescheria boydii. The horse was treated with 2% miconazole intranasally, sodium iodide i.v., and potassium iodide p.o. Thirty and 60 days after treatment was initiated, the nasal cavity was found to be free of infection.
A sixty year old patient presented with a slowly progressive swelling of the nose, of one year duration, suggesting a clinical diagnosis of subcutaneous zygomycosis. On investigation, the tissue fungal culture grew Conidiobolus coronatus , confirming the diagnosis as rhinoentomophthoromycosis. He was treated with a combination of oral fluconazole and oral potassium iodide for a total period of 5 months. His symptoms subsided completely. Serial CT scanning of paranasal sinuses showed the gradual resolution of the swelling, in response to the treatment. Early detection of the disease and combination therapy gave rapid and good results. This is the first case of its kind to be reported from Kerala, the southern state of India.
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