Skin Infection On Toe That Turned Black
The warm weather called for wearing sandals, but three weeks ago something rather interesting occurred. A sandal strap rubbed against my toe and made a surface scrape without drawing blood; I had worn those shoes many times before and never had that problem. This small skin scrape didn’t heal within 1-2 days as it should with new healthy skin. Several days later I noticed that the spot turned dark black with a raised scab and whenever I wore closed shoes it would get irritated. It became progressively worse when I could see a streak of blackness extending from the sore along the toe with tender pain that went deep. I knew that this might be more serious than I had initially realized and my concern grew.
I regretted that I didn’t put something on the scrape immediately, but, at the time, I didn’t think it was serious. The last thing that I wanted was to lose my toe due to an infection. Essential oils have always worked well for me on burns, scrapes, or infections and I decided to try it. For approximately fifteen days I put a blend of essential oils once a day and then increased it to twice a day on the affected area. Additionally, I was careful to do whatever I could to avoid irritating the spot and walked in sunlight for about 20 minutes. Despite all that I was doing the sore wasn’t healing as quickly as I had expected. This is when I suspected that I could be dealing with a possible MRSA infection [Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] or some kind of bacterial infection that could eventually take the entire toe.
I contemplated other alternative options on what could be done to speed up the healing. I considered using my colloidal silver maker with applying the solution to the affected area. Colloidal silver is antimicrobial but I was unsure if it would work any faster or better than the essential oils that I was using. The potential for the solution to work was probable but I didn’t feel that it was a strong option.
Coconut oil can be used to heal many microbial infections internally and topically. I had ordered Tropical Traditions Gold Label virgin coconut oil for purposes of cooking with it. I had never ordered from this company before but I liked what they had to say about their processing; I had tried other oils on the market and found them to be okay. After trying Tropical Traditions’ product I’m convinced that their coconut oil is the best! Not only does their oil taste great, but as a skin moisturizer it is wonderful without it being sticky or not smelling like a coconut throughout the day. When my coconut oil arrived, it occurred to me that I could possibly use it as a healing ointment because of its antimicrobial properties.
I put a tablespoon of oil in a small jar and added a very small fresh minced garlic clove. I knew that garlic can be helpful in dealing with MRSA infections, according to some studies I had read. I had a strong feeling that the combination could work.
I washed the affected area and I vigorously rubbed the mixture on my toe with a Q-tip before I went to bed. In the morning after taking my shower, I applied it again in the same way as before. By evening I noticed a change. In less than 24-hours, the pain was gone, the black streak was less visible, and for the first time in three weeks the black raised sore was disappearing. Within 36-hours, I observed a diminishing scab and on one part of the sore I could see pink healthy skin! When I applied the coconut garlic oil that evening [42-hours had passed since starting] the black hard covering over the sore came off and I noticed that a normal scab was forming. There was a small ache and I had wondered if I had done the wrong thing. When I woke up I examined the toe - it looked very healthy. I observed a faint skin discoloration where the previous black scab had been [no black streaks], a very small thin scab had formed, there was no pain, and by evening my toe was still looking healthy. The following morning I examined my toe and was very confident that the infection wouldn’t return.
I can honestly say that within a matter of a few days, the skin infection that looked rather serious became healed with a simple remedy of using organic superior coconut oil and raw garlic. After all had been accomplished, I wish that I had a digital camera as part of the documentation to judge for yourself, but I didn’t think about it until later. Nonetheless, I found the above a great testimony to the power of Mother Nature’s power to heal. A friend of mine saw the problem that I was battling with for weeks - when I started the coconut garlic oil combination they were curious to see if it would work. Several days later when I showed my friend the healed toe, they were surprised and claimed that it was a “miracle cure". As far as I’m concerned, it is!
The best test was trying on sandals where the strap covered the toe to see if a problem would occur. I’m happy to state that I’m free from any sores appearing.
I never got a biopsy so I don't know for sure. I believe what I encountered was bacterial in origin, whether it was MRSA or some other species.
Whenever black shows up on the skin it is an indication that cellular death is occurring. There are other reasons for the skin to turn black (usually a large surface); such as, a lack of blood flow which happens to diabetics or vein blockage.
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