On Monday, Muddear had another dermatologist appointment and I am glad to report that her skin condition is healing nicely.
Per Dr. Barich's instructions we can reduce the medication application down to once a day. Yeah!!!! Call me a lazy bum, but washing the infected areas multiple times a day and applying multiple medicated creams each time month after month is not fun. As Muddear's skin heals, I have noticed the change in its texture. Initially it was dry, cracked, and scaly. The skin flaked off in chunks and often oozed. To make matters worse, the infected areas itched incessantly without relief and Muddear would scratch to the point of bleeding. Now, it is so nice to feel the previously infected areas - they are smooth to the touch and the skin is taut yet supple.
The only thing, according to Dr. Barich, that may be difficult to resolve is the discoloration. Irritation of the infected areas created hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin, the substance in the body that is responsible for color (pigment). The overproduction of melanin causes dark spots to occur. Dark skin is more likely to develop pigmentation problems. Even minor skin injuries, such as bug bites, can cause an immediate change in skin pigment. If you look at the pictures in this post, Friday, June 22, 2007 Another Dermatologist Appointment, you will see the hyperpigmentation of Muddear's skin. While it may not be the most attractive, if that is all we have to worry about, I am a happy camper. Muddear is no longer experience discomfort caused by the skin condition and we have a six-week break until our next appointment.