I’m starting to wonder if this is due to a fungal infection. If so, would one of the remedies for toenails help my thumb?
They include soaking the affected nail in a variety of antifungal solutions, including dilute vinegar, cornmeal mush, Pau D’Arco tea or hydrogen peroxide. Applications of vitamin E oil, Vicks VapoRub or tea tree oil also have been reported to be effective.
Proper temps for insulin
Unopened insulin can be stored at room temperature for one month or in the refrigerator (not in the freezer!) until it reaches its expiration date. Insulin must be protected from extremes of heat or cold, which means not leaving it in the glove box or trunk of a car during the summer.
Mail-order delivery can pose problems. One reader had a delivery of insulin sit outside for hours in the winter. The pharmacy told her it should be fine, but it did not control her blood sugar properly. If you get your insulin by mail order, check with the pharmacy to verify that it will not sit in a hot delivery truck or mailbox in warm weather.
Listerine vs. mosquitoes
Listerine may be another option. One reader reported: ”A couple of years ago, I read in The People’s Pharmacy about Listerine (original amber) as a mosquito repellant. I mix it half and half with water in a spray bottle.
”Spray your arms, legs, around your body or under a picnic table where they collect. You can use the house brand to cut expenses.”
No one approach works for everyone. Some people are especially attractive to mosquitoes, so you may need to experiment.
Reach Joe and Terry Graedon at PeoplesPharmacy.com.