Healing infected cuts is a serious issue for surfer
Depending on where you surf, you might end up with new minor knicks and scratches on your feet and legs after almost every surf session. And if are one of the unlucky infection prone surfers, these minor abrasions can quickly turn into major issues, especially if you don’t stay out of the water.
You’ve probably heard the 72 hour rule: Don’t enter the ocean for 72 hours after heavy rain. But do you follow it? One of the most common infections contracted in the water is staphylococcus, and it has been known to kill surfers.
Common symptoms of an infected cut or skin wound include boils, oozing blisters, rash, and fever.
About 1 in 50 people have antibiotic-resistant Staph infections according to the Center for Disease Control.
Sometimes a small infected cut turns into a big problem
A tropical ulcer is an infected skin wound which does not heal, which may or may not be infected with staph. This is very common in hot, humid climates, like Indonesia, Central America, Mexico, Hawaii and other incredible surf destinations. These types of wounds get bigger over time and continue to ooze fluids.
Unfortunately, I have the trifecta of skin issues. First, I am accident prone in the ocean, second, I am predisposed to staph infections, and lastly, I hate to stay out of the water when the waves are good.
DIY at home treatment of infected cuts
Because of this I’ve become a DIY expert at treating skin abrasions. After a lot of trial and error, trips to the ER, and dozens of antibiotics that didn’t work, I have found what I now refer to as “the magic treatment” for open skin wounds that refuse to heal. Keep in mind I’m not a doctor and you should always talk to yours first before trying any home remedy on your skin.
I discovered this one simple remedy after suffering a tiny scratch on my shin from hitting my fin. After three days the tiny scratch was a large cut and after two weeks it was a painful open wound preventing me from entering the water.
So what finally worked to heal my infected cut?
I tried everything from taking antibiotics, using an antibiotic cream, staying out of the ocean for 6 days, using essential oils and other natural products, but nothing helped and it just kept getting worse. I was desperate. I’m not even sure where I read about this solution, but I was at loss and willing to try anything.
I read that magnesium would help to dry out a weeping wound. And there is plenty or research to back this up. I was traveling in Indonesia at the time and had with me a magnesium supplement, a powder in pill form. I broke a pill open and dumped the powder on my wound. The next morning it was completely dry and closed over. I put on more powder the next day and after 48 hours there was a there was a thick scab covering the area. I was able to go surfing again!
It healed my infected cut, but would it work for anyone else?
A few days later another surfer mentioned he was having a similar problem and he was disappointed because it was ruining his surf trip. I gave him one of my magnesium pills and told him about my impressive results. The next day I saw him in the lineup. He said his wound had sealed over at last, after 4-5 days of getting worse instead of better.
A few months later I was traveling in Mexico. I met another surfer who had an open wound on his foot from his swim fins. He said it had been open for over two months. I passed along a magnesium pill and within 48 hours the wound was no long bothering him and had started healing.
And it keeps working to heal all sorts of infected cuts and wounds
I’ve since used the same remedy at least 10 times, always with excellent results. Disclaimer, it works much better if you stay out of the water for a day or two. But when staying out of the water is not enough, you might consider trying magnesium power to help your minor skin abrasions heal more quickly.
Not to mention that by some estimates, 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Just another reason to be sure you have a good magnesium supplement on hand. Magnesium can help you relax so you can sleep better at night, helps relieve muscle aches and cramps and helps relieve constipation. (Source: Medical News Today.)
On any surf trip, you should always travel with a stocked first aid kit. Definitely check out our pack list to be sure you have everything you need.