I have been overwhelmed by emails from people around the world that have been following my progress dealing with Grover’s Disease. To recap- Grover’s is a rash or skin disease which is really not even properly classified because there have been so few studies performed, since it is not life-threatening . Some doctors call it a rash, others refer to it as a disease. Either way, it is a very very annoying itchy skin problem that affects a small percentage of white, middle-aged men. It appears as red bumps that look like measles (for those of us old enough to remember that disease) primarily in the center area of the upper chest.
Grover’s began to develop on my skin approximately 2 years ago, during October, 2011. After trying various skin doctors, Chinese herbal medicine doctors, OTC anti-itch remedies, and taking a variety of supplements for almost 9 months …. I was still suffering. I would wake up 4-6 times every night doing the only thing that seemed to work, at least temporarily — taking very hot showers.
During the Summer of 2012, I noticed that the skin seemed to feel better immediately after swimming in the ocean. The effect was temporary, but soothing. So I even tried experimenting with sea salts and adding them to bath water and also directly onto the skin itself, believing that it was the salt in the seawater that was doing the work. The direct application of salt to the skin did not work — ever try putting salt onto open sores? It was very painful and even more irritating. Adding the salt to bathwater also did not seem to help. Perhaps, I just could not get the exact concentration.
However, this eventually led me to try one of our own Seagate products – Seaweed Powder – and sprinkle it directly onto the affected skin during my hot showers. I would moisten the skin with hot water, sprinkle a little powder to make a paste and rub it around over the skin. At the beginning, I would do this during each shower, or approx. 6-8+ times a day. During the next 12 months, the daily applications were slowly reduced eventually to just once a day this past summer before going to sleep. As of September last year (2013), my use of the seaweed powder has been discontinued because the Grover’s Rash has disappeared. Exactly why this happened and what is in the seaweed to help with the rash, no one knows.