In this fast-paced, high-tech world, it’s always fun to discover a new, unfamiliar use for some old, tried-and-true product. It’s like saying, “Bring on your new gadgets. This old stuff can be just as amazing!”
For the past two weeks, I’ve been dealing with a stubborn rash on my right shin. It began as an itchy patch about the size of a half dollar several inches above my foot. Gradually, the patch spread to be three to four inches in diameter. I’ve tried several over-the-counter medicines to counteract the itching and dry up the rash, but nothing has worked.
Finally, on Friday I called Robin’s dermatologist’s office. They couldn’t see me until October 21—over three weeks away—so I resigned myself to continue using my Caladryl Lotion and hoping for the best.
However, a friend suggested I call the doctor’s office again on Monday to see if they might have a cancellation. “You really need to see what this is,” she said. “Especially, since you’ve had this before.” She was right—I had the same kind of outbreak last year. That one lasted a couple months, and I finally wore it out before I could keep my appointment.
Yesterday I called, and they told me I could come in to their Village office about 10:15. Hooray! When the dermatologist PA took a look at me, she diagnosed it as Stasis Dermatitis, and she prescribed a new potent ointment for me to use. “I want you to apply the ointment on the rash tonight, cover it with a thick moisturizer, and then wrap Saran Wrap around your leg.”
She smiled. “Yes, that’ll give the ointment a kick-start. I want you to do that for the next three nights. After that you can use the ointment without the wrap twice a day, and I want to see you again in two weeks.”
Last night I followed her directions, wondering if the Saran Wrap would even stay on my leg during the night. But it did! It clung to my leg like a second skin, and this morning I carefully peeled it off, washed my leg, and applied new ointment.
Now I’m happy to report this unusual new use for a kitchen product that’s been around forever—good old familiar Saran Wrap! Who’d have ever thunk it?