Dear Dr. Gott: One of my cats developed a fine raw line down the back of each hind leg. The vet said it was ringworm, but nothing he tried worked.
From the age of about 3 or 4 to 14, I spent every summer at a lake in the company of an old Chippewa chief. I remembered him boiling black-walnut hulls for the treatment of worms and parasites, including ringworm.
Fortunately, a tincture of black walnut can be purchased at most health-food stores now. I bought some and “painted” it onto each area of the cats legs. She howled.
I’m sure the alcohol it contained burned the raw skin, but within a minute or two, she was no longer trying to chew her legs.
After that, the application didn’t seem to bother her, and within a few days, the sore was almost completely healed.
Since then, I have told many friends who have used it on their cats, dogs and even children.
The vet was amazed and now tells all his clients about this instead of trying medication first. Each bottle costs about $10 and lasts for about a year in the fridge.
Dear Reader: I have printed your letter for the benefit of my readers. As with any alternative-medicine treatment, I recommend informing your physician prior to use for monitoring.
Dear Dr. Gott: Recently, you printed a letter about using nail hardener to remove moles.
I have many seborrheic keratoses that itch, bleed and are extremely annoying. I have a skin check every year.
Dear Reader: The nail-hardener remedy is beneficial for the removal of skin tags. I have received only one letter stating that it was used successfully to remove moles. However, I have heard from several readers about using mentholated chest rub to remove a seborrheic keratosis.
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