Today was the worst physical and emotional roller-coaster ride I have ever been on. I have gone from wanting to scream and throw things to crying in a matter of minutes. My head is spinning, and I have a creeping crawling feeling going up the back of my neck when I feel an outburst coming. Sometimes, without warning, I suddenly just start sweating. This is absolute craziness! Do you have any advice for getting through this?
Sweating, nausea, dizziness, irritability and electric shock-like sensations (brain zaps) all have been reported as withdrawal symptoms. They can last for several weeks, but they eventually disappear. You might ask your doctor whether switching to fluoxetine (Prozac) and withdrawing slowly from that drug would be an option.
Treating itchy fungus
In those days, the best treatment for a fungal infection was tolnaftate, the ingredient in the athlete’s foot remedy Tinactin. It’s pretty affordable, but sometimes when I need a stronger antifungal, I buy a product for vaginal yeast infections. It seems stronger than an athlete’s foot remedy.
The key, in my opinion, is to aim a spray of hot water on the area before applying the antifungal cream. I also apply tolnaftate cream these days as a preventive before I get on the river.
Anti-fungal creams such as miconazole or clotrimazole can be used to treat such infections. They also are helpful in treating vaginal yeast infections, so we are not surprised you have found them effective.
Treating scalp folliculitis
One reader reported that amber Listerine helped her son’s folliculitis: “You should see his skin since using Listerine faithfully. It is completely clear! We’ll see the dermatologist later this year, and I can’t wait to show him the results.”
Reach Joe and Terry Graedon at PeoplesPharmacy.com.