I decided to give this a try after my hands started really hurting the last few days. My hands are badly cracked....more from washing them so much at work I think than TSW....but the TSW makes it worse. I tried a whole lot of things. I found that my hands were getting red around the cracks....TSW or infection? Hmmm. I then would try bacitracin or neosporin on my hands in case they were infected. But the cream or ointment would make my hands that soft moisturizing like skin that would actually be worse than the dry skin. I did moisturizer withdrawal for a reason....but I couldn't with my hands because I was risking infection. I talked to a skin care nurse who offered me little assistance. The options were limited and expensive. So then I decided to try colloidal silver spray. It is silver particles in water. They sell a silver cream but that would negate the whole MW thing. So I bought the spray and started it last night. I figured I would try spraying my hands 4 times per day. I have done it 3 times between yesterday and today and already feel a difference. Now they still look as bad, but the pain is almost completely gone! I am hoping this helps combat the minor infections taking place. I know there is some debate on whether people with TSW grow extra bacteria on their skin or not. Some have been cultured and show no infection. But as a nurse, I know broken skin is a great breeding ground for bacteria. Our bodies do a marvelous job fighting germs. So while cultures show no infection, it doesn't mean our bodies are not working extra hard to fight higher levels of bacteria. I also know antibiotics do a horrible thing to our guts and are generally not good unless absolutely necessary. I also know putting ointment or cream on TSW skin can make it worse for some people. But colloidal silver spray can be put on the skin in a water base - fighting infection without adding a moisturizing agent. And helping our bodies fight infection during this trying time may be helpful. At least for someone like me who is exposed to millions more germs than the average person because of my job.
I will trial this for a week and then report back sometime next week on how it goes. I have plenty of pictures of my hands so there should be a good comparison especially if nothing else on my body changes during this week.