My Knee Infection

Twinz’ Post-Op Knee Infection

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~ The Story ~

I had my left knee replaced May 2011.  I developed an infection on the top 1/4 of it. I only have 1 photo, taken with my cell phone, of the actual infection, thus the quality is not as nice as I would like it to be. I also have a picture of what my knee looks like now.

I developed the infection just after I got my staples out. I asked my surgeon’s PA about 1 staple hole that looked inflamed. She said not to worry about it. Well, you can guess the rest right? That is the hole the infection started from.

I was in a rehab center when I got the infection. The floor nurse called my surgeon to tell him about it..  She was so surprised when he showed up himself. She came into my room and said your Doctor is here. Didn’t sound out of the ordinary to me! 

He took one look at my knee and said start on Rifampin (I forget how many times a day). I was to keep my wound covered 24/7 unless a nurse was changing the dressing. I had to have 3 dressing changes a day. I was not a pretty sight. Didn’t really hurt to much. I was on Rifampin for 4 weeks before it completely healed.

After my Doctor left the floor nurse came and told me the 5 years she had been working at the rehab center she had never seen a Dr come himself. Either phone in a medication or send PA to check on it. This is one of many reasons why this Doctor is the only one I allow to touch my joints/bones.

All that I’m left with now in a gnarly looking scar. Healed knee picture took tonight as I was writing this. LOL

Twinz

Twinz’s Knee: The Infection
(taken with a cell phone…)

My Knee Infection 1

Twinz’s Knee: All Healed!

My Knee Infection 2

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  • 4 Easy Steps To Beat Androgens Acne4 Easy Steps To Beat Androgens Acne 3

    As a woman in her 30s or 40s, you are probably aware of how much hormones can play an important part in causing acne.

    There are many different hormonal imbalances that can cause acne, but all of these imbalances lead your body to convert androgens into testosterone called DHT, hence causing something called androgens acne.

    DHT is basically a hormone that is directly linked with acne breakouts. The best way to prevent DHT from being released is to lower your androgen production. But how do you do that? Let’s find out.

    Easiest Ways to Beat Androgens Acne

    Before you can start reducing the number of androgens in your body, you need to understand its symptoms

    Symptoms of High Androgens

    The best way to find out if androgens are going out of control in your body is to actually have a test. But there are still some ways you can tell by just looking at your current condition.

    For example, if you see that your acne breakout usually gets worse after a period or around ovulation, you probably have surplus androgens. Once you have found out that there is a problem in your hormonal balances, here’s how you can sort the problem.

    Don’t Use Dairy Products

    Dairy products are rich in a hormone called the IGF-1. This is a growth hormone similar to insulin. It basically stimulates your body to rapidly-produce androgens which later on results in androgen acne.

    The same hormone increases sebum production in the skin and encourages your brain to convert androgens into DHT.

    A lot of people don’t really have trouble when consuming limited amounts of organic dairy products, but they usually start to see symptoms when they increase dairy intake - such as drinking a full cup of milk.

    Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

    Insulin spikes and swings tell the body to rapidly release androgens, thus it is very important to control your blood sugar levels.

    Try your best to eat healthy food with a low glycemic index and make sure that you are eating food in controlled portions. Overeating also causes spikes in blood sugar levels which increases androgens and androgens acne.

    If you have a problem keeping your insulin in control, I highly suggest adding a bit of physical activity to your schedule and cutting down on caffeine. Exercise helps you effectively control blood sugar levels and helps with controlling androgens' release in the body.

    Try Spearmint Tea

    Spearmint tea can actually help cure androgens acne
    Spearmint tea can actually help cure androgens acne

    Some studies show that spearmint tea helps in lowering androgen levels, and in some cases, it also kills androgens acne. But drinking a single cup of tea never actually does anyone good. So if you’re going to try spearmint tea to control androgens in your body, make sure to drink at least 2-3 cups of tea daily.

    Try Supplementation

    Now there are many supplements that actually help control hormonal imbalances in the body. Some are specifically made to help control DHT. With some research, you can easily find them anywhere on the internet or through a supplement store.

    Supplements are always good for acne since they help provide the body with nutrients it may not be getting enough from just the food you eat. Try and introduce as many supplements as possible to keep your hormonal balances in check.

    If you’re not sure where to look, try supplements like Vitamin A, chamomile, and Estroblock. 

    Get Your Hormones Tested

    I know this step sounds radical, but sometimes the best solution to androgens acne is to actually get tested for hormonal imbalances. When I was young, I tried hundreds of topical, oral, and other treatments to beat acne breakouts.

    I not only wasted time but it also took a toll on my wallet. Someone finally pointed me in the right direction and I went for hormone tests. It was then I found out that the root cause of frequent acne breakouts was an imbalance of hormones in my body.

    This helped my dermatologist suggest supplements and natural cures to help keep my hormones in check. And ever since that day, the acne breakouts have disappeared from my life.

    So if you ever think that nothing can cure your problem, try getting a test and you’ll be surprised. 

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