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‘As everyone does, I have microorganisms on my skin. However, one has become particularly irksome of late.

The parasite's breeding ground (this is Bogotá, Colombia, but it could be anywhere you have humans).

Parasite central.

Health hazard
Its rapidly increasing numbers is one reason for this. As unpleasant as that is, I can cope with it, the occasional treatment to reduce the tingling sensation notwithstanding.

Of greater annoyance is its destructiveness, not only to my physical appearance but also to the demise of other more symbiotic organisms that live off me. In fact, many have completely disappeared, which has adversely affected my overall health.

For one, I find myself getting fevers more regularly than before. In the past, I could quickly cool down with some ice treatment, but that’s becoming increasingly difficult these days.

While as far as I can remember I’ve always had patches of dry skin, especially in the greater crotch area, these have been spreading to other parts where I used to have a good covering of hair.

‘Maybe the best natural solution is to get close to the fire for an extended period of time.’

I’m also sweating in greater amounts. What’s more, the small irregular skin growths that this parasite seems to bring about in proximity to sweat glands have increased in size over the years.

I tend to find a good ice-cold shower helps to reduce its impact. Yet, it’s only a temporary respite. It seems this organism has evolved to find a way to combat any water-based treatment I apply to my body.

The heat is on
It does seem much less resistant to extreme heat. I’ve had a few bad burns over my lifetime — I’m a bit clumsy that way — and this parasite appears to avoid those parts of my skin that have been scalded, the most recent ones in any case.

Indeed, when this “lodger” is at its most irritating, I feel like covering my whole body in flames. That mightn’t be the best idea, all the same.

Linked to that, when I’m in smokey areas, this also helps to reduce its activity levels. Again, though, I can’t be doing that all the time.

Maybe the best natural solution — I’m not a fan of manufactured chemicals — is to get close to a fire for an extended period of time. Or at least apply intense heat patches to my skin. It’ll get uncomfortable, but I can bear it.

Actually, such a strategy worked before, ridding me of bigger, but less annoying parasites. If I immediately follow this up with an ice bath for as long as I can endure it, I should be fine.

Sure look, I’ve survived various heavy blows from other bodies since birth. I won’t let this little creature, “human” as it’s called, get me down. I’m sure it won’t be plaguing me for much longer.’
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La vida en Colombia desde la perspectiva de un periodista y locutor Irlandés, quien ha estado viviendo en el país desde 2011. El blog explora temas sociales y cultura, interacción con los nativos, viajes, actualidades y mucho más. Escucha su podcast acá: https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-colombia-cast.

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