It had better be miracle salve
Our new allergist told me, “I can write you up a prescription for a newer cream for eczema that is non-steroidal, and is not an immunosuppressant. It is safe for babies, and can be used on all parts of the body.” Wow, I thought. He further piqued my interest by saying that the active ingredient was derived from shea butter. However, he mentioned that many insurances don’t cover it fully, and that it might be expensive, but that I could find coupons online.
Yes, on all accounts. On the Atopiclair website, I found a downloadable rebate coupon for $36 — thirty-six dollars!! — that can be used for EVERY purchase. We did have some prescription coverage, so instead of it being $117.99, it was $50, for a net cost of $14, which although isn’t cheap, is reasonable for a prescription.
I quizzed my doc on why, exactly, it’s available by rx only, since it’s naturally derived. I did the same with the pharmacist. Neither had any idea. Weird. I sent an e-mail to the website, asking why it’s only available by prescription.
Atopiclair is manufactured in Italy, and apparently, that’s where it shipped from, because it took four days to arrive at Walgreen’s.
I had a great conversation with the pharmacist about Atopiclair and staph infections and eczema. It seems like every time I completely lose faith in the American medical system, and slip into cynicism, I have some sort of fabulous interaction with a medical professional, and I have to admit that they definitely can play a valuable role in actually promoting the health of their clients.
Anyways. I picked up the Atopiclair tonight, and slathered it on Fiala.
I’m not 100% certain, but I’m thinking that Fiala’s recent illnesses are connected to our use of Protopic, which supresses the immune system. First, she came down with RSV the day after we started Protopic. A few days later, she developed a staph infection on her legs. Hm.
I had tried raw honey on her staph lesions, and while that helped, it was INCREDIBLY messy, and the bandages started giving her MORE/WORSE eczema, so I put her on antibiotics, starting last Wednesday night. Her infection isn’t worse, but it’s definitely not better, and I’m starting to get very concerned. Dear Jesus, don’t let it be MRSA. So, I thought I’d put her back on honey therapy, while we also treat with antibiotics, but use better bandages.
Oddly enough, I couldn’t find any plain cotton gauze pads. It’s all rayon/polyester these days. Hmph. I like cotton. However, I did find Hold Tite by Curad, which is exactly what I was looking for — a tubular mesh “bandage” with no adhesive, to hold a gauze pad in place. Though I’ve only used it once — tonight — it was SO SO SO much easier than bandaging. I slopped some raw honey on the 3″ x 3″ gauze, pressed it to her leg, then slipped the Hold Tite sleeve around her leg. Woo hoo!
So, back to the Atopiclair. There just seems to be something seriously WRONG with charging $117.99 for a 100g tube of, essentially, lotion. It had better seriously be miracle salve for that price.