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Phlyctena…my response to this word…

February 16, 2013
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This word was just too good not to use as a prompt. Can you share yours?

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It started with a slight itch on my wrist, one of those persistent itches that become so annoying. Apart from a slight redness, my skin did not show any signs of irritation, even under close scrutiny. After several days, my constant scratching had left deep tracks where my nails dug into the flesh. Even applying lotion after lotion didn’t end the relentless itching. I was beginning to lose my mind with the consistent nuisance, day and night, night and day. Another night of disturbed sleep, in which I had resorted to gnawing at my wrist was the final straw.

Stumbling to the bathroom I squinted as the light burst into life flooding the room and making me squint. As my eyes adjusted I glimpsed at my wrist, there I saw a huge bulging blister. It was so big the layer of skin containing the liquid was transparent. Inside was a pale yellow fluid. The skin around this enormous  phlyctena was an angry red. The itching was beyond anything prior to this moment. It would surely drive me mad.

Well enough was enough, I’d burst the horrible thing and be done with it. I sterilized a pin with a lit match and grabbed a tube of antibiotic cream. Holding my wrist over the sink with the pustule facing downward I took a deep breath and pierced deeply into it. At first the skin resisted then the sharp point entered the bulbous form. A trickle of liquid seeped out at first then as I withdrew the pin the trickle increased slightly. It would take too long to drain the blister that way so I pierced it several more times. The viscous liquid oozed from the holes and dropped into the sink, drop after drop. As I watched something twitched inside the pustule. Now I was seriously grossed out. Had something been  living under my skin?

Whatever it was I wanted it out of there. With no thought of the pain that would surely follow I snipped the blister with a pair of scissors. There squirming in the liquid was a tiny maggot. I very nearly threw up. Using the tips of the scissors I managed to flick the maggot into the sink. It wiggled and twisted. I gulped air as my vision became blurred. Don’t pass out now, make sure there aren’t any others in there. Poking the loose skin of the empty blister I peered into it hoping not to find any other maggots. No more thank goodness.

I held my wrist under the tap with the hottest water I could bare running. My skin turned red as the scalding water seared onto the exposed flesh where the blister had been. Dapping  the area with a soft towel tiny spots of blood began to appear. I would let it bleed for a while then apply the antibiotic cream. A trip to the emergency room was in order just to make sure there were no more maggots. May be I should have kept the horrid thing so the doctor could see but it was long gone down the drain. At least the itching had stopped.

 

English: Blister Español: Ampolla
English: Blister Español: Ampolla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Phlyctena…

February 16, 2013
mandyevebarnett


Pustule insect bite

Pustule insect bite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today’s word – Phlyctena – definition: a small blister or pustule. I’m creating my own post in regards to this word but couldn’t resist re-blogging this one – it is so cool in a gross kind of way!

Even the pronunciation is yucky – flick -tee-na.

Chemical products

A blister is a baby abridged of aqueous aural the high layers of the skin, about acquired by bull abrading (friction), burning, freezing, actinic acknowledgment or infection. A lot of blisters are abounding with a bright aqueous alleged serum or plasma. However, blisters can be abounding with claret (known as claret blisters) or with pus (if they become infected). The chat “blister” entered English in the 14th century. It came from the Middle Dutch “bluyster”, and was a modification of the Old French “blostre” which meant a leprous nodule-a acceleration in the derma due to leprosy.A abscess may anatomy if the derma has been damaged by abrasion or rubbing, heat, algid or actinic exposure. Aqueous collects amid the epidermis-the high band of the skin-and the layers below. This aqueous cushions the tissue underneath, attention it from added accident and acceptance it to heal.A claret abscess usually forms if a minute…

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