Dr Ku's Ointment

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Insect Bites/Stings

Personal Care, Wounds, Insect BitesJeremy Mascarenas

An insect sting or insect bite pokes a hole in the skin and injects venom composed of proteins and other substances that may trigger reactions from immediate pain, redness, swelling, and itching at the sting site to an allergic reaction in the victim.

Insects do not usually attack unless they are provoked. Most bites and stings are defensive as the insects sting to protect their hives or nests. The most common insect stings/bites are by bees, wasps, and ants. It is important to note that no specific antivenom is available to counteract the poison injected by the insect.

Bee Stings: When the domestic honey bee stings, it loses the entire injection apparatus (stinger), and actually dies shortly after the sting.

Ants: Fire ants inject their venom by using their mandibles (the biting parts of their jaw) and rotating their bodies. They may inject venom many times. Bites from a fire ant typically produce a pustule, or a pimple-like sore, that is extremely itch and painful.

You should seek immediate medical care if you experience an alleric reaction (a large skin rash, a large swelling around the sting site, if swelling or pain persists for more than 72 hours) or if you notice any of the following signs, which may indicate a serious or even potentially life-threatening allergic reaction:

  •  Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in throat or chest
  • Swelling of the lips
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Heartbeat

But for the majority of people who do not experience allergic reactions to insect bites and/or stings once the stinger has been removed, the properties of the medicinal oils in Dr. Ku's Ointment can provide a one-stop treatment. Find out more below!

Athlete's Foot

Personal CareJeremy Mascarenas

Athlete's foot or tinea pedis is a parasitic fungal infection of the epidermis of the foot. It is typically caused by a mold (but in some cases a yeast) that grows on the surface of the skin and then grows into the living skin tissue itself, causing infection. It usually occurs betwwen the toes, but in severely lasting cases may appear as an extensive "moccasin" pattern on the bottom and sides of the foot. Tinea pedis is estimated to be the second most common skin disease in the United states, after acne.

Athlete's Foot causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the affected skin and areas surrounding. Blisters and cracked skin may also occur, leading to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling and inflammation. The infection can be spread to other areas of the body, such as the armpits, knees, elbows, and the groin, and usually is called by a different name once it spreads (such as tinea cruris, or jock itch for an infection of the skin or groin area).

One ingredient of Dr. Ku's has an anti-fungal property that has been shown to be very effective in treating Athlete's Foot. The anti-histamine property of this medicinal oil also reduces the itch and thus allows the lesions to heal more quickly because if it doesn't itch you don't want to scratch!