I've dealt with this for a year and I found this site and it made me feel not so alone. Reading all these posts i've learned a lot and have utilized some of these strategies. What works for me, and I can't imagine won't work for most, is the dental floss idea. I've tried this three times and it's worked every time. Simply, I made a loop with dental floss, tied it around the base of the GW and made a double knot. The GW turned black, since it was cut off from blood and oxygen and died, and fell off after 3-5 days. The skin underneath was left totally intact and returned from red to normal within a few days after I applied Neosporin to the area. It's like it never occured and made feel a huge sigh of relief. I also applied some alcohol with a q-tip to the area while the GW was being choked in fear of it spreading. The first time this worked was about two weeks ago and there has been no spreading. I think is a cheap, slightly uncomfortable, solution to the problem. Wanted to put my input because I love this thread it's helped me a lot.
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