It’s such a relief to know I’m not alone in the struggle with these things. I started getting them a little over three years ago. They were particularly horrible for the first year until I found a way to treat them that mostly keeps them at bay. At one point, I was getting 2-3 of them a week and was completely miserable. My treatment: washing my face every day with Selsun Blue (selenium sulfide). It’s worked pretty well for around two years, but sometimes I still get them. My guess is that my version of this disease is mostly fungal-related. I also wonder if it’s demodex mite-related, in which case I think the Selsun Blue may be killing off the yeast the mites feed off of or something. Or it’s possible that the sulfur component of the Selsun Blue helps get rid of the mites, as I’ve read that sulfur can do this. This is all speculation, though.
Before I discovered the Selsun Blue treatment, I visited at least ten different doctors and was diagnosed with rosacea and impetigo multiple times. No one ever tested my skin for bacteria, fungus, or mites. Here are some of the things I tried to treat the oozing yellow crusts:
- Bactroban ointment
- Several rounds of oral antibiotics (I don’t remember which ones)
- Manuka honey applied topically (I was even putting it inside my nose for a while when I thought bacteria was causing these)
- Tea tree oil
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, which caused me to have horrible outbreaks of the oozing yellow crusts
None of these things worked. I stumbled upon a forum I can’t find the link to now about how a similar condition was caused by fungus, so I went out and bought some ringworm cream and Selsun Blue. Within a week or so, my skin completely cleared, and I went from having a few of the crusts pop up every week to having them pop up every three months or so. (I don’t use the ringworm cream anymore, as I found the Selsun Blue worked well on its own).
About two years before I started getting these weird things, I had blepharitis, which included many of the symptoms other posters in this forum have noted. I went to a doctor who prescribed ketoconazole shampoo (also an anti-fungal) to treat it. I used the shampoo as a eyelid scrub for a couple of weeks and have rarely had issues with blepharitis since then. I think it’s interesting that other posters have experienced both the oozing yellow crusts and blepharitis. There has to be some kind of connection between the two!!
I’ve also noticed that I’m about 10 times more likely to get them if I eat a lot of sweets, so I try to avoid dessert as much as possible. Other than that, I haven’t been able to identify any food triggers. Stress also seems to be a potential factor.
I found this forum because I’ve had two oozing yellow crusts this month, which is a lot more than I typically have, and I’m terrified the Selsun Blue isn’t working anymore/maybe never worked and the oozing yellow crusts just subsided for a while. I sure wish I had known this forum existed three years ago when I first got this condition. I would have felt a lot less helplessly alone.
Anyway, what do you guys think about the connection between fungus and this condition? Have you tried any anti-fungal remedies? Has anyone else had success with selenium sulfide?