On 11/02/05, Kel wrote:
I was also interesed in what she and Michael had to say about how
> it works on humans, especially cold sores and nails etc. I would not treat a
> bird, however I would treat myself.
My experience with GSE has been positive. I would not hesitate to tell you to
feel comfortable with using it on your birds. As Karen mentioned, it doesn't do
the harm that some would have you believe and it certainly is not a panacea for
In regards to the Klebsiella bacteria that Paul mentioned, many years ago I had
some finches imported from Belgium. Three of them were affected with this
bacteria. I wouldn't have thought to use GSE as, after many vet visits and two
powerful antibiotics over the course of months, it finally was eliminated. GSE
would not have been able to touch something this severe.
I use mine in the water when I soak seed and use it to disinfect sprouts. You
can add a drop to the drinking water of birds to keep bacteria at bay in the
water dish. I've not had the problem, but I have breeder friends that have used
it in mild cases of yeast infections in birds that are being hand fed.
I've not used it for cleaning as I think it would take an exorbitant amount to
make it effective when doing such a large task.
I've also used it to clean hand feeding spoons and thermometers, etc.
As far as my personal use, I had a fungal infection under a fingernail. My
doctor actually told me to soak my finger in vinegar for 10 minute intervals
twice a day. He said that that was effective and less harmful than the drugs
that are used to tret this condition. Rather than doing that, I rubbed the GSE
directly on to the fingernail two or three times a day. It took a while, but the
fungus was eliminated.
Do I think that GSE is the end-all-be-all. No. But I do believe that it has a
valid position in bird/animal keeping.
I have a progressive avain vet that is always willing to listen to what I have to
say and we discuss theories and options for using products such as this. Not all
vets might be so engaging so if you do seek the advice of your vet, be prepared
for the posdsiblility that he may not endorse something like this.