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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Mamboman, Apr 13, 2012.
Look in the backbore of your mpc.. If you don't clean it frequently, "stuff" will grow in there.
Sterilization unlikely affects the occurrence of pimples. The organisms growing in pimples are staph or anaerobic bacteria. The organisms growing on brass parts are atypical mycobacterium and fungus; not the "stuff" that pimples are made of (assuming the OP HAS a pimple). The idea of sterilizing brass is sound if there is a chronic cough associated with using the instrument, which in this case, a soak in 91% isopropyl alcohol on a monthly basis has been clinically proven and is reported in the British Medical Journal to keep these organisms at bay.
If it is a classic pimple, opening after soaking w/ hot water and soap is probably OK. If they are water bumps, don't. My doctor gave me a cream after I set off a major herpes outbreak. Consult a doctor if it is spreading.
As for shaving, I haven't shaved my lip for 35+ years.
Sound medical advice I once heard by a gifted surgeon on bedside rounds: Puss and Piss must out! If it's not Puss or Piss... NO OUT! My text in dermatology gives very specific detail as to opening up a comedone (pimple) and warm soap and water is NOT in that procedure, so I would advise against this.
Another saying at bedside by same said surgeon was: Sleep when you can sleep, eat when you can eat, and don't f*** around with the pancreas.
"Zits" are not a matter of cleanliness so washing will neither prevent of help them once they are there. Have your family doc prescibe Clindoxyl cream and use it once or twice a day and that will help prevent them.
Good to know.
I'm not going to wait until I develop a chronic cough to sterilize!
Don't eat chocolate ( my grandmother always said this).
Where's your grandmother live... I'm headin' by her house and scarfing up all her chocolate! I AM such a humanitarian.
I am with you on that one... Totally with you. I have a bottle sitting under the sink waiting for my next cleaning!
I don't have an idea for preventing pimples, but just playing on one (on the lip) can create real problems. As a college freshman (about a million years ago), I had one on my top lip just when school had started. Between auditions and weekend gigs, I just played on it. Consequently, it never healed, instead it just constantly broke open. A professor recommended Campho Phenique, which FINALLY took care of the problem. But to this day, I have a small scar where it was (that luckily does not affect my playing).
I guess my point is, it can become a chronic problem if you don't give it a chance to clear up and heal.