For the last 5 years I have been struggling with small sores that would develop around my nose. I had no clue what they were and really just tried to ignore them. My family didn't have health insurance to go to a dermatologist, so I just dealt with it. I had no clue what it was.
Here were the symptoms: A small red bump would appear and looked like a zit. I would mess with it, thinking it was a zit. Instead of puss, a clear/yellow liquid would come out. I would dry it up, but it would continue to leak and leak and leak until the liquid dried. When it dried, it formed a small scab. If I brushed my nose every so lightly, the scab would fall off. Then a much bigger scab would appear. Depending on how many times the scab was knocked off, the scab may continue to leak (or weep) until the scab was uneccesarily huge and noticeable. I would get a sore every few weeks or so, sometimes a few sores all at once. Once scabbed over, they took about 3 days to completely heal.
I should not have ignored them! I should have gone to the dermatologist right away to get rid of the bacteria (I later found out was impetigo). When I finally did go to the dermatologist, she told me what it was and prescribed me Monodox. I read rave reviews about it online and saw some good results with it. However, the good results soon disappeared as I began to get sores again. My dermatologist prescribed me another round of Monodox to "eliminate" the bacteria, but the bacteria seemed to become even stronger than before! I was then waking up everyday with a new sore somewhere on my face and even developed other kinds of sores I had never had before!
For those of you who don't know about antibiotics, which is what Monodox is, they kill all of the bacteria in your body. So the bad bacteria is dying, but also the good bacteria is dying that protects you from other diseases and helps your body function. My dermatologist wasn't happy with the Monodox results, so she put me on Bactrim- a much stronger antibiotic. This gave me even better results than Monodox, but again stopped working and seemed to strengthen the impetigo like before. At the end of the dosage, I got a yeast infection in my mouth! Ugh! Because the good bacteria in my body was gone, the yeast grew way out of proportion.
I was pretty fed up. I began taking acidophilus (sp?) everyday, a pill full of living, good bacteria. This eliminated my yeast infection! I cancelled my next appointment with the dermatologist, because I knew she would just put me on something stronger. Which mean I would get more infections! I decided to pray and ask God to heal me from impetigo sores. I had read in the Bible and heard a lot of stories about people being healed by God. So I decided to try it. It couldn't hurt to try! I looked up a few healing scriptures.
I read: "Exodus 23:25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst."
So I knew I had to first of all be serving God. That means living according to His will for my life and getting rid of the sin!
I also read: "Proverbs 4:20-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
My son, (or daughter) attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life."
This one told me do what the Bible says. Keep the Word in front of your eyes and in your heart. So I wrote many healing scriptures on my mirror (with a dry erase marker) and read them everyday. I also prayed contantly about it to God. I bought Dodie Osteen's book Healed From Cacner and read it. It really encouraged me, because she was told she only had a few weeks to live. God healed her then and she is still alive today, 30 years later!
I also made sure I listened to worship music everyday and worshipped God for being so awesome, as well as thanked Him for healing me! The Bible says when Jesus died for our sins long ago, He also died for our sicknesses. He paid the price then for our healing, but we have to take ahold of that promise and receive all the He fought for us to have! I downloaded a podcast called "Healing Scriptures" by David Miller, a Pastor from Living Faith Christian Center that I just chanced upon- and am SO greatful he made that podcast! It is about 45 minutes of every scripture in the Bible that talks about healing. I listened to that in the car everyday and let it play while I fell asleep. I then decided to fast and pray for my healing. My sweet boyfriend and I fasted everything but fruit and veggies for one week. We prayed together everyday and thanked God for my healing! The sores started coming less and less. Some of them came but never leaked any fluid or made a scab. They just healed and went away.
We came off of the fast because we were going on vacation and really wanted to eat that week. When we came back, I fasted again by myself for 3 days. This time I only ate breakfast and drank coffee with no milk. If you don't know what the deal is with fasting or it's purpose, read some scriptures about it! It isn't useless, because before the 3 days were over the sores stopped coming.
Maybe you don't believe in God, or that He can heal. But there is no other explanation for my healing! I had these sore for FIVE YEARS with no break from it. I took medication after medication to no avail. But when I prayed and believed God for healing, I received it! All I can say is God is real and all of His promises are true! It's crazy to pray and believe and see nothing change and then all of a sudden, God shows up! He is incredible. He has the whole world to take care of and a million "important" people to care for, but yet He listened to me and healed me. That is an amazing God!
I hope this encourages you to go and get your healing if you need it!
God is a GOOD God and He wants you to be healthy and free!