Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes, Acidophilus
- Baking Soda
- Borax Foot Scrub
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Calcium Bentonite Clay
- Cayenne Pepper
- Check for Soap Allergies
- Coconut Oil
- Detoxing the Liver, Selenium
- Essential Oils
- Fabric Softener or Hair Conditioner
- General Feedback
- Gluten-Free Diet
- Grandmother Guffy's Recipe
- Homeopathic Sulphur, Herbs
- Krill Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil
- Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
- Shower Filter
- Table Salt
- Tea Tree Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Tea Tree Oil, Chamomile Lotion
- Tea Tree Oil, Olive Oil, Dried Oregano
- Tomato Juice and Coconut Oil
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin E With Naturals
- White Vinegar
- Witch Hazel
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/08/2009: John from Los Angeles, CA: "Plain old ice applied to the area will give temporary relief and allow you to fall asleep. usually about five or six minutes is long enough. Its no cure but at the moment it can be a blessing."
[YEA] 04/13/2013: Esprit64 from Somewhere Maine, Usa: "If you have Candida overgrowth, you're familiar with the burning itchy skin that routinely flares especially in hot/humid weather. The skin parts most affected are your underarms, genital and butt areas, but, Candida will also present as red/raw spotted areas anywhere that your skin folds (i.e., under breasts, bellies, etc.).
The only thing that I've found that calms the symptoms immediately and eventually, within 1-2 days of treatment, solves the problem--is Iodine. This is not a cure--just a temporary, but, welcome improvement. Skin problems will return until you rid yourself of the Candida overgrowth.
Buy the cheap, over-the-counter Iodine that sells for $2 for a small bottle. Also buy a box of baby-type-wipes (tissues or cotton balls will not hold up to the rubbing of the Iodine on the skin).
As you know, Iodine stains the skin. You may wish to test how badly it stains your skin as each person has a different chemistry in their body. For me, my fingers stain, but, after one hand washing, there's minimal stain, and, when I wash again a few minutes later, the stain is gone. You may react differently, so check. Consider doing this treatment at night before bed--after a few hours, Iodine is eventually absorbed through the skin.
Until you are comfortable with how accurately you apply the Iodine, you may also wish to remove any rugs or good towels from the area making sure anything else around doesn't stain if drops fall.
Take a baby wipe, fold it in half twice to create a small pad. Pour Iodine onto the pad and simply rub the Iodine directly on any skin part except the genital/butt area.
For the genital/butt area, buy a small pail or tray big enough for you to easily sit-in. Using the bathtub for this treatment won't work--too much water, too little Iodine to be effective. Remember, once you sit, water will disperse, so the sides of the pail/tray should be 3" high or more, but, not too high, otherwise it won't be comfortable to sit in. Fill the pail/tray with warm water, then pour 2 tsp of Iodine into the water, stir. Sit in the Iodine water for 20 minutes.
After treatment, your skin will calm, and, you'll feel human again."
[YEA] 11/17/2011: Helen from Merimbula, Nsw: "I have suffered with extremely itchy skin for probably the last twenty five to thirty years and it is worst in hot humid weather or sometimes in cooler weather if I have too many clothes on. It starts around my elbows and then spreads to the rest of my arms sometimes my back , neck and hands. I have seen many doctors and tried many different creams, soaps, tablets etc. Then around a month ago I started taking Krill Oil for my arthritis and miraculously my itch has gone."Replies
03/02/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Dr. Mercola at mercola.com tells what kind of Krill oil is the best to buy. He also does videos on Youtube."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/31/2010: Shary from Centennial, Co: "Along with various other health issues, I've had chronically itchy skin for the past 2 years. The area affected is mainly around my torso. This is not a dry-skin itch. Scratching makes it worse. Sometimes there are tiny bumps or pimples, but often there is nothing noticeable at the site of the itch. I've switched soaps, shampoos, lotions, laundry detergents, the food I eat, etc. I shower with luke-warm water and don't use soap at all on that part of my body. I've also tried Apple Cider Vinegar, witch hazel, tea tree oil, you name it and I've tried it. Nothing really helped. Then about a month ago I started taking krill oil because it's supposed to be good for muscles and joints. Supposedly it has properties that ordinary fish oil doesn't have. I haven't noticed any difference with my joints, but within just a few days of starting the krill oil, almost all the itching and pimply rashes around my waist disappeared. I haven't stopped taking the oil so I don't know if it just medicates or if it eventually cures the problem. Either way, it's a big sigh of relief to get rid of the itch without using topical drugs. Take one krill oil softgel twice a day. Be sure to get 100 percent krill oil. Some brands are better than others. Check the list of ingredients on the bottle to make sure it isn't mostly fish oil."
EC: Excerpts from Wikipedia's entry on Krill Oil here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krill_oil
"Several studies have shown toxic residues in Antarctic krill and fish..."
..."The harvesting of antarctic krill is relatively new. At present, no limits have been placed on the amount of Krill that can be harvested. This has caused a number of Marine biologists to express concern over the lack of research into the effect that such exploitation of Krill may have, not just to the long term survival of several species of baleen whales and the Adelie Penguin; but also in terms of other animals further up the food chain. In this regard, Antarctic Krill is fundamental to the survival of almost every species of animal that lives in the Antarctic or sub-Antarctic waters and island groups .
08/04/2010: Lily from Brisbane, Australia replies: "Hi, Shary, I had this same rash and found out it was caused by soy. On study I found that soy was in just about all processed foods, even bread. I am still learning what to eat. I hope you find the cause of the rash and maybe you can try (hard to do) to eliminate soy and see if that is the problem. My rash was also around the middle and only on the torso. Good luck with this. Lily."
08/06/2010: Shary from Centennial, Co replies: "Hi Lily. Thanks for your comment regarding soy. I don't knowingly use the stuff as it gives me GI tract problems, but I will definitely be more diligent about reading labels and avoiding foods that list it as an ingredient."
06/21/2012: Priya from Beaverton, Or replies: "My one and a half year old baby has the same problem, itchy skin. Even myself and my husband has this itchy skin which started around 2 or 3 months back. The only thing that works for us is homeopathic calendula lotion. It does wonders for us. We bought it at new seasons store and it is made by a homeopathic company called Boiron. My childs itching seems to have reduced a lot. I did a bit of research on calendula and it seems like it is the best soothing stuff ever, good for every thing, last day I accidently got a cut on my finger, applied calendula and it healed so quickly. now I use it for any cuts wounds and burns and find it so soothing, cant do without it honestly."
08/06/2012: Tom from Rocker, Montana replies: "In June I suffered a bad scrape on a leg and during the curing process the leg itched big time and 3 months later it still is itching, vinegar helps relieve the condition but be sitting down when you apply it to the skin as it will burn where you have scratched."
11/12/2013: Feelinhopeless from Fernley Nv: "Please give me any advice you believe will help. I acquired a new Chihuahua 4 months ago and to make the very long story short. She had deep scratches on her face which attributed to heat, but after treatment with oral prednisone and antibiotics the scratches looked better but the itching and scratching never stopped and soon spread to my other dogs and then myself.
I have tried pyrethrin shampoos, one dog was treated with oral ivermectrin, I have used frontline plus on them. I got a prescription for permethrin creme for myself and I showered using the pyrethrins dog shampoo on myself. Nothing worked.
Then I tried diatomaceous earth, and neem oil inside and out and on me and my dogs. I treated my yard, house, driveway, furniture, curtains, everything with insecticide, did nothing to stop the itching.
I spread cedar shaving and pine shaving everywhere. I've bleached everything possible, even spraying some on myself one day.
I've dipped the dogs in apple cider vinegar, which seemed to relieve the itching for a couple of hours. I soap up and shower every night followed by spraying diluted apple cider vinegar on me keeping it on for a few minutes, then rinsing it off. Then I rub skin so soft all over me, followed with antifungal cream or powder. In the mornings I put on more skin so soft and antifungal medication. Nothing really works this just enables me to sleep a little while (if I take a sleeping pill).
Hydrocortizone creams, antifungal creams, menthol lotions all seem to help temporarily, but nothing gets rid of this.
I soak the clothing that can not be bleached in peppermint oil. I've showered with several differnt kinds of antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial soaps, tea tree shampoos.
I sprayed myself, my dogs, my house twice now with cedarcide 4 days apart. The first spraying seemed to help, so I was pretty assured that this would work, so I tried it again. before I could even finish applying the second round the itching was increasing on me and my dogs, my heart sank.
I am desperate. I am on disability and so money is a real problem getting any treatment along with the embarrassment of hearing my doctor and my vet calling it parsitetosis. I raise Chihuahuas, like all my dogs have parasitetosis also.
So my son suggested your site but I am very confused which treatment will work for me. I have itching, burning constantly. I feel pin prick bites. My skin feels like fiberglass is rubbing against it. No bugs of any sort have been found on me or the dogs. My vet has done a black light inspection of my dogs, a deep skin scraping, and checked the skin flaking under the microscope. I have no visible bite marks. My skin feels constantly irritated, everywhere. I mean absolutely everywhere, no part of my body is itch frre. I feel the itchy burning sensations from my privates to inside my nostrils. Ther only place that is not affected as much is my scalp. I figure that is due to hairspray, which must stop it a little. Oh even my eyes itch, the eyelids and eyeballs.
I no longer have the orginal Chihuahua that started all this. I sent her back thinking she may be a carrier of something...that did no good, the bug is still here. I am the only one who itches. My eldest son stays with me alot and he has no itching.
So I am lost as to what to try next. I have used borax in my laundry, but I didn't use it with peroxide and I am confused as to how much borax and how much peroxide to use and do I use it in how water with detergent and bleach?
Please help I am feeling so hopeless. Thank you so much for listening to me and thank you in advance for any advice you can give me."Replies
11/12/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Feelinhopeless from NV,
What a distressing situation!
The first two things that come to my mind are turmeric and garlic. They are both inexpensive and very effective for many things. I hope that they will help you.
Turmeric is great for healing skin problems and for itching related to bites. We have used this sucessfully. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day in milk or water. (Better in milk with some fat in it as the fat helps it to work better. So does some black pepper.) You can usually get bulk turmeric at an Indian grocery store or health food store.
Garlic in an anti-parasitic herb (and anti lots of other stuff, too.) Ideally, get a few bulbs of garlic. Four times a day, chop up one of the cloves (one section of the bulb) and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then spread it on some toast with some honey or butter. You will not smell the best while you do this.
Give the garlic and turmeric at least a week try before deciding if they are helping.
I would also add Raw Unpastuerized Apple Cider Vinegar to what you are doing. It will improve the PH of your body, which should be helpful. Try 1 Tablespoon in 8 ounces of water once or twice a day. (You can dilute it more if desired and just sip all day.)
1 cup of Epsom Salt in a very warm bath at night might be helpful for your sleep. You can add some tea tree essential oil if you have it on hand.
If I come across anything else that might help, I will pass it along.
Please keep us posted. I will be praying for your relief.
~Mama to Many~"
11/13/2013: Mike 62 from Denver, Colorado replies: "Feelinhopeless: The problem began with the arrival of the new dog so a pathogen is probably involved rather than an allergy. The pathogen can maybe hide inside the body when ointments are applied. You can try healing from the inside. Online you can get hawaiin spirulina, black chia seeds, expellar pressed coconut oil, raw cocoa powder, nondenatured whey, and raw wildflower honey. These can supply the cells with all the best nutrients they require to function at peak performance and interfere with the pathogen. You can mix the coconut oil and honey with some water and apply to the skin. You can feed these to the precious pets also."
11/13/2013: Caitlin from Austin, Tx replies: "Wow! I can sooooo relate to the itching. First things first, have you checked your diet? Have you added anything to your and your dogs diet that your son does not eat. I found that grains, and eating high carbs make me itch. I itched so badly at one time, that I scratched all night; couldn't sit down without itching from my scalp to my toes. Dropping milk and all grains relieved that problem as well as bad periods. One thing about grains, they increase fungus and mold, so, I'd stop eating them. 2nd thing that helped was coconut oil. I use it for mite relief and this could be what you have as you say the hair spray keeps your scalp from itiching. My daughter and her friends melt virgin coconut oil and smear it into the skin of their pets after washing them down in ACV. Coconut oil is great for fungus, extreme dry flaking skin conditions but, you must be persistant about applying. I would stop using any soap and wipe down with VCO everyday; then lay in a tub of baking soda (1 box per tub -- it is cheap) or use only baking soda to wash with. I so hope you get better! Knowing how excruciating this can feel, I'll be sending a whole lot of prayers your way. CAT"
11/20/2013: Feelinhopeless from Fernley Nv replies: "I'd like to say a very special thanks to Mama to many and Mike 62 and Caitlin from Austin for replying to me. Your thoughtfulness and time are so very much appreciated. It is so nice to hear from people with empathy and understanding and have a desire to help others. It is so refreshing and inspiring. I will try every bit of advice I received from each one of you. This letter is just to keep you posted and to let you know I have read your advice and I thank you all. And I will post to let you of my progress.
P.S. I know what a pathogen is, I just can't imagine what kind of pathogen may have caused all this itching and scratching. I guess it doesn't matter what kind of pathogen, but it has me curious and a little nervous. Any thoughts on this?"
06/08/2014: Kathy from USA: "Itchy, itchy, itchy!!!
I'm writing this for my friend in hopes that someone can help. He returned from China about 2 summers ago and he's been itching ever since. It first started when he got into the shower. The water sprayed on him and it felt like a 1000 hot needles were poking him. After that the itching started, he itches in different places, there is no consistent pattern or area other than his groin area at night. That's when he notices it. Tonight I told him about saliva, he tried it and it helped. He said he does not feel any movement under his skin. He went to the Dr once for it and the Dr said it may be his liver, he's been a drinker for many years. But he had no other symptoms of liver disease so he doesn't think that's the issue. I gave him coconut oil and when he puts that on or any other lotion the stinging comes back. Everynight he had to take Benedryl for the itch and to sleep. Any suggestions??? He is desperate!"Replies
06/08/2014: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Sometimes a cup or so of baking soda in the bath will stop itching. Or try rubbing the skin with ACV on a washcloth to stop it. It might just work. Look up detoxifying baths."
06/09/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Kathy,
Re; friend with itching issues...
More clues to figure this out...see if anything rings a bell if you google "causes of itching 70 causes" ... a "Healthline" site with pictures and explanations of seventy different causes of itching problems. See if your friend can relate to any of those."
10/27/2013: Mia from Pretoria, South Africa: "Hi, my family is at its wits' end, so sorry for the random email, I'm taking chances. My parents have suffered from this for years after dirty carpets at work made the whole office itch. It spread to my dad, 25 years ago, and suddenly, 1.5 years ago, us 3 kids started experiencing the same symptoms. Severe itching, all over the body, worse at night. No rashes or any visual symptoms. The itching increases, some of the itches would escalate to "stings" that feels like something biting me under my skin. Also permanent feelings of something crawling on our skin. Scratching helps, but the itching permanently jumps from spot to spot. My mom found out bathing with a bit of eucalyptus oil relieves it for a while ( she bathes 3 times a day now) and I found out covering our matresses with plastic makes sleeping bearable. Is it bugs living on our skin, in our furniture, on our clothes?
This is ruining our lives. Any help is appreciated.
10/27/2013: Debbie from St Louis, Mo replies: "Research Morgellons at morgellonsexposed dot com"
10/27/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Mia from Pretoria,
This sounds like a mite infestation. Most mite species are microscopic. There is a lot on Earth Clinic on remedies for attacking such infestations. Look under Ailments: Mite Infestation...much discussion on Apple Cider Vinegar, Boron and others.
From your description the problem does not ring of fungal, but go to the section under Ailments and look at fungal infections just to make sure the symptoms do not match. The fungal "surface" infections can manifest with not only itching and crawling sensations but outcroppings of the fungus itself...and shows in colored growth from the skin! (Sounds like a horror movie...but you made no mention of such symptoms.)
That is why I think the cause is a mite infestation rather than fungal."
08/29/2013: Cat from Tauranga, New Zealand: "Every 6 months or so for the past five years, I've had a very intense, deep itching sensation in my upper arm, just below the shoulder. It only lasts about half an hour but when I attempt to scratch the area, the itch feels like it is right down inside my arm and it's very hard to stop the actual itchy feeling. So I'm scratching at my arm every 15 seconds or so and it's becoming very red but I never see any signs of anything else as the redness dies down once the itching has subsided. It got me wondering last night if this could possibly be mites under my skin? It's never been in any other area except my arm and it does go away after about 30 minutes but is VERY irritating and I only wish I knew what was causing it. Any ideas as from what I've read on Earthclinic, other peoples mites seem to be more near the surface and others can see them. Hmmm help?"Replies
08/30/2013: Sabita from Orlando, Florida replies: "I had intense itching on forearm and I feel it was due to food allergies. I used a product with Stabilized Oxygen with Colloidal Silver and Aloe Vera. It is an anti-microbial and immune system booster. Follow directions carefully."
08/31/2013: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Hello Cat,
I'd try two "ointments".... Echinacea which is wonderful for spiter bites or any pathogen sub cutanious. Apply directly onto the skin where the itching is taking place. Re apply ten minutes later and repeat again. It should be sticky after the third application but continue applying five or six drops over a five hour period. So apply gradually perhaps thirty times.
If that doesn't work use borax... From Twenty Mule Team Borax. Take forefinger and touch into water and then dip finger into the borax; rub vigorously onto the skin; re apply three time in twenty minutes. By the third "rubbing" the surface will be wet and a strong solution will be on the surface of the skin. But the initial rubbing is mainly dry and feels so good on itchy skin."
08/29/2012: Kamla from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India: "My mother aged 71 is having itching problem all over the body. She is very thin and weak and cannot digest allopathic tablets. Her groin region, genitals and thighs are the worst regions and the skin while itching is separated and removed like foliates. Her urine test showed presence of bacteriua E. Coli. Please inform the cause of the disease, what foods she should avoid and what food she should take."Replies
08/29/2012: Reader Of Ec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I'm so sorry to hear about you mom. At her age, shingles or mite infestations such as or similar to scabies should be investigated. If she itches more at night it may be a mite presence.
An Epsom salt bath may help with 5 tablespoons of baking soda. Soak for 20 min. Use unrefined cold pressed coconut oil after the bath. If the skin becomes extra dry, add baby oil to the coconut oil. I find that baby oil though not the healthiest oil around, does last longer than coconut oil alone on severely dry skin.
I would recommend taking olive leaf capsules if it may be shingles.
Also, direct sunlight exposure will help if its mites, shingles or fungal - as does sulfur soap.
As far as foods to eat, freshly juiced organic apple with 7 carrots and one whole lemon peel and all. 16 oz twice a day. You can juice 32 ounces at once in the morning and consume 16 oz but the other 16 should be refrigerated and consumed with in 5 or 6 hours.
Raw brazil nuts contain natural selenium. Selnium will give power to the immune system. Also vitamin D will help heal the skin.
With each glass take the olive leaf capsules. Do this every day. Relief will begin a few days into this protocol.
Look into neem oil. In your location, it should be easy to find a high quality neem oil freshly produced. It will kill bacteria, fungus and mites on the skin.
Avoid eating surgars."
08/30/2012: Anonymosaurus Rex from Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead replies: "Hi Kamla, Your mother needs to be eating lots of fresh yoghurt that has live culture in it (the kind that you can add to milk to make more yoghurt with), as well as plenty of lahsun, lal mirch, and haldi. Lots of amalaki, fresh or powdered will help your mother's immune system too.
She needs to avoid any meat for at least a few weeks, and you need to make sure all her vegetables are scrubbed and rinsed clean of any dirt.
Make sure that she is washing herself and her hands regularly, and replace her toothbrush with a new one. Also, make sure that her drinking water is from a clean source. If you aren't sure, you will need to use water purification tablets.
I hope that helps. Good luck!"
09/25/2011: Rakesh from Mokokchung, Nagaland, India: "I would like to know that what would be the best medicines for my itching palm, soles and skin. I have been under treatment with cetrizine and Hydrazine for the last 4 months, but to date nothing has improved. It starts from palm and soles and spread in the whole body having a pin head swelling. Please advise me, I need the answers for early treatment."Replies
02/06/2013: Reader from Eau Claire, Wisconsin replies: "Reply to Rakesh, India
I had/have similar problem for 30 yrs. Started out with itchy palms, then soles started itching, then entire legs itched. No skin surface issues. Dr. Prescribed different antihistamines over the years. They all worked. Eventually I was on Claritin D, which became available over the counter. For many years now, I just use an inexpensive store brand of Allergy Relief 10 mg Antihistamine. As long as I take one tablet every 24 hrs, (I usually take in evening) itching is non-existent. However, if I forget, my palms will start itching before morning."
09/15/2011: Sasha from Toronto, Canada: "I need help because my skin keeps itching me. Im 19 and Ive had this itching for probably 2-3 weeks now and I've had itching before but it goes right away but this doesn't seem like it's going away. Everytime I put on tight fitting clothing my thighs and legs even vaginal area start to itch really bad especially when I'm outside I have to run in a bathroom and itch my skin or I have to go right back home and itch my skin because it's so bad. Then my whole body starts to itch. I went to the doctor and he gave me a shot which put me to sleep and gave me a cream to rub but I didnt buy it yet I'm very desperate in what I should do this itching is taking alot out of me. I take hot hot showers alot and I take showers alot in general I thought it was a soap I was using but I cut that out and still the itching. I cleaned my room because I thought it was my dirty room. Then I washed all my clothes but still itching I dont know what to do anymore."Replies
09/16/2011: Rashika from Durban, South Africa replies: "Hey, Sasha I know it sounds simple but do you think you could just have dry skin. Try using a good moisturiser or possibly a medicated one. Also you said you shower a lot. This causes the skin to dry out. My legs and back used to itch a lot, now I use a good moisturising lotion frequently and my problem is solved. If I come out of the shower and don't apply lotion I start itching. The other possibility is an allergy so watch if there is reactiion after certain foods."
09/16/2011: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "To Sasha from Toronto, Canada: Your ichiness is most likely caused by the common yeast/fungus called Candida. You can read many postings on this site about Candida. The quickest way to reduce the ichiness is to use diluted organic Apple Cider Vinegar to wipe the area down and to apply organic virgin Coconut Oil liberally to areas most affected and let the oil get absorbed into your skin. Coconut oil is good for your skin and hair and you can eat and cook with it. Coconut oil is naturally antifungal and it is absolutely safe.
Candida can be difficult to get rid of and feeds on any type of sugar necessitating a fairly strict diet along with taking a strong probiotic(not yogurt) to fight this fungus. There is a lot of information on a Candida diet on this site as well as others."
09/01/2011: Leo from Ottawa, Ontario: "For past 3 months, the crown of my scalp is getting incredibly itchy along with burning sensation. A month ago, I switced to a sulfate free shampoo and no change. I also have hair loss in that area.
What is causing my scalp problem?
09/02/2011: Linda from York County, Southern Maine replies: "Leo, if you're not taking probiotics and/or enzymes you may want to consider doing so. I had a very itchy scalp and, while it may not be the same as you're suffering from, once I began probiotics the itch went away. I've suffered from eczema for MANY years and thought this was just another spot on my body that was being affected as it seems to migrate... Probiotics may be your answer. Best to You, Linda"
10/04/2012: Straycat from Minneapolis, Mn, Usa replies: "I've had an itchy scalp for more than two years now. When I run a comb through my hair the teeth of the comb will catch on something, yet when you look at it there is nothing to be seen with the naked eye, but it does feel rough to the touch. My Dr. perscribed Hydroxyzine for the itching, but it did nothing for it. I have tried just about everything I can think of from cidar vinegar, tea tree oil, vitamin e oil, vitamin e capsules, fish oil, pure aloe, nothing helps or even provides any relief. I even stopped using any hair care products like hair spray and gels and I switched to tea tree shampoo which is all I use now. I've stopped taking my medications (1 at a time) to see if it was an allergic reaction to the. , but nothing improved. I have tons of sores on my scalp from scratching and they get bigger, the more I scratch at them (I don't even know I am scratching anymore). It does seem to get worse when I get warm or in hot weather.
Many years ago I suffered a head injury and the hematoma never bled and caused the tissue on my head to broke down and left open wounds after the hair and skin were gone. At times some of the patchy areas, those I can see that is, remind me of that time, but I really don't think they are related especially reading that others have similiar conditions.
Any remedies will be greaty appreciated. I'm willing to try anything just for some relief. I'm desparate."
10/05/2012: Squiggley from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Usa replies: "I had this too until I stopped using any shampoos at all. I wash hair daily with a conditioner (yes, it does cleanse). Follow with a rinse of a few drops of GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) in about 1/2 cup of water (do not get in your eyes)."
10/05/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Coconut oil is fantastic for scalp issues. Massage it into your scalp, and leave for 30-60 minutes (or even overnight if you can). Do this daily for one week, and see how you feel. Do 1 more week at a time, judging improvements. I would also recommend a sulfate-free Tea Tree shampoo. Thereafter, keep away from shampoos/conditioners with sulfates. Now the market for those products is really expanding, so there is a wide selection now, even in regular drug stores."
10/20/2012: Straycat from Minneapolis, Mn, Usa replies: "Thanks for the suggestions. I actually just bought some coconut oil and am going to give it a try. I've also started taking tumeric and the itching is almost non-existant and my head is actually starting to heal. In addition to the tumeric capsules I also make a tumeric smoothie everyday. Here's my smoothie recipe if anyone wants to give tumeric a try.
plain or vanilla yogurt
1 - 1 1/2 tsp tumeric
a few dashes of pepper
lots of ice
a banana, cut up
Blend until smooth
Thanks again for the tips. I was going out of my mind"
02/07/2011: Christal from Kyle, Texas: "Where to begin... I have had an itchy scalp for as long as I can remember. I had a baby nine months ago, I won't go into detail but I had thought I was in labor the week before I was induced due to SEVERE PUPPS (google it) and it turned out I had some sort of infection, Vomiting diareah and I was so dehydrated they couldn't get a needle into my arm, felt like I was getting a huge chunk of skin pierced... Anyway, They pumped me FULL of Antibiotics. I didn't want them but they said it was the only thing they could do besides being pumped full of water... Anyway, My scalp got itchier and itchier since then, I got rid of all shampoo and have been using borax and it worked at first but now its not and I also take Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda, and magnesium and iodine. I stopped the iodine though because I have a rather large cyst on my wrist and its been there for 5 years, anyway, my hand started hurting really badly, almost like a burning sensation.
I would keep doing these remedies but I am breastfeeding and I don't know if that could affect my son, he started having looser stools the two days I was doing baking soda and borax... I am not willing to put him at risk, although I am pretty sure he probably has a pretty bad candida infection... I don't know what else to do but I will not go to a dr for this so someone PLEASE help me. I prefer you to email me because I never know if I am getting a response on here."Replies
02/07/2011: Tommy from North York, On, Canada replies: "Hi,
I think you might have ringworm infection. It's not candida. Candida infection in the head or the heart can kill people in 24h. A lot of people think it's candida when it's other fungal infection. Candida usually infects the guts ( epithelial cells) and the groins.
You have to reduce your carb intake. Avoid strachy food ( starch is a polymer of glucose).
Drink Ozonated water.
Best regards, Tommy"
12/14/2009: Jest from Montello, Wi, US: "Hello, my father is suffering from severe itching from sclerosing cholangitis and his doctors are doing nothing. His itching is so severe he cannot sleep at night. He tries bathing in baking soda and/or oatmeal but it is not that helpful. I also recommended taking fish oil caps but, that has not been helpful either. Any suggestions would be very appreciated!!
PS. He had a liver transplant 15 years ago"
EC: To our members:
"Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic liver disease caused by progressive inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts of the liver. The inflammation impedes the flow of bile to the gut, which can ultimately lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. The underlying cause of the inflammation is believed to be autoimmunity.  The definitive treatment is liver transplantation."
01/15/2010: Arlene from Jekyll Island, Ga replies: "Transplants are not the only option....It sounds like your father is suffering from an acid body which can cause many problems. An alkaline vegan diet is what I would recommend - and I have seen it work on myself and many others. I am now a vegan for life and at 64 have never felt better or been in better shape. The problem here is most people are not willing to change their lifestyles but if your father is fairly flexible, maybe he should give it a try. There has been much research done in this area and all you need is a computer to verify it. Staying healthy is not hard once you eliminate all animals products and the animals will appreciate it too."
01/26/2010: Jest from Montello, Wi, Us replies: "Thank you! I will pass the info on to my father."
09/29/2009: Leelannee from Sussex, Nj: "question/remedy needed for itchy eyelids
For many years I have had itchy eyelids. Specifically, the eyelash line on the upper lid and sometimes the inner corners of my eyes. There is no swelling, redness, or flaking whatsoever. I don't think it's any sort of pollen or pet allergy. I do not wear makeup or mascara--even if I wanted to, i'd end up rubbing it off! Occasionally I may irritate it if I have lotion or hair products on my fingers and I rub my eye, but they're not the primary cause.
My useless doctor recommended cortisone cream. When I went to the pharmacy and looked at the packages, they all warned not to put it near the eye. I asked the pharmacist about it and he was outraged, he said getting cortisone in your eye can cause blindness!!!
Thanks in advance for any help & suggestions."
09/29/2009: Annie from Old Greenwich, Ct, Usa replies: "That sounds like sebhorrheic (sp?) dermatitis to me. Look up remedies for that condition. Something like topical apple cider vinegar or coconut oil may help. Also oil pulling."
09/30/2009: Candy from Fort Madison, Iowa, Usa replies: "try putting coconut oil on your eyes at night. it worked for me. gets rid of pink eye too! and it doesn't hurt to get it in your eyes either."
09/30/2009: Candy from Fort Madison, Iowa, Usa replies: "try putting coconut oil on your eyes at night. it worked for me. gets rid of pink eye too! and it doesn't hurt to get it in your eyes either."
09/30/2009: Jane from Sierra Madre, Ca replies: "Strange you should mention this! I have the same problem too. Always in the inner corners of my eyes. Feels like a very deep itch. Started a few months ago, I can't really recall. It DOES happen to me when I remove makeup, and I use coconut oil. But I've been doing this for years now without issue.
I then attributed it to my mascara (although it's just about all natural; I've used it for over a year now (not the same bottle!); and I've never had this issue from other, synthetic/chemical-laden mascaras over the years)... But it could be that mine has something to do with makeup or the removal process.
It's concerning because I am trying to be good to my skin, and don't want to be itching my eyes, especially this rough. So any ideas as to the cause and or remedies would be most appreciated."
09/30/2009: Bessie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "For Jane and others with itchy eyelids: I've had the same problem lately (although it may be because it's incredibly dry where I live). I used a Q-Tip, dampened it slightly and put a drop of a liquid castile soap (comes in a bottle with a lot of writing on, has a lot of uses - you probably know which one - but I'm sure any gentle soap will do). Then I close my eyes and lightly run the Q-Tip over the lashline and eyelid several times. Then, with my eye still closed, I rinse with lots of water (I use a washcloth just to make sure I remove all the soap - you don't want to get soap in your eyes). Then, pat the area lightly to dry and take another Q-Tip, dampen it, add a few drops of castor oil and run it over the same area (complete eyelid and lashline - don't forget the lashline). I do this last thing at night and in the morning before my shower. So far, it has worked. Good luck!"
09/30/2009: Lita from Sanford, Fl replies: "I am not sure if what you have is what happen to me some time ago, but I started getting itchy on my eyelids, they became pink and the skin harden in that area. I stopped using an eyeshadow that I had bought and that solved my problem. After that I was afraid of buying that brand eyeshadow thinking it had an ingredient that I was allergic to. But after a while a have bought that brand again with no problems. But I know it was that specific eyeshadow because if I stop using it the problem would stop. So maybe one of your make up items is to blame. I would try one at a time in order to eliminate the one. Hope this helps! Good Luck!"
10/01/2009: Nonni from Cleveland, Usa replies: "I had this same problem years ago and there is a natural eye cream with royal jelly in it on the market that completely healed the rash and itching. Wish there was a little leeway on this site to let you know which one it was, but I recently posted another post on a certain type of Calcium that I had hoped would be helpful to people and it was never posted. I do understand Earth Clinic's concerns, but it is hard to help people when it is a specific product that worked for you and other product brands did not."
10/22/2009: Leelannee from Sussex, Nj replies: "Thanks for all the suggestions. I have been using castor oil; I don't remember to do it every night, but it is helping! I want to try the royal jelly cream but I had coincidentally ordered the castor oil anyway because I read that it is good for increasing eyelash growth."
11/19/2010: Kathy from Santa Fe, Nm replies: "I had something similar to this and it seemed to be brought on or made worse by exposure to dust mites or mold. I was treating it with borax and water on a cotton pad which initially helped a lot but when it came back it wasn't helping as much. I prayed and then thought to try egg whites which I already had in the fridge (used the egg yolks with lime juice for a liver cleanse). Before bed I just dabbed some egg white on each eyelid including the lashes and then went to bed. Also did this during the day a couple of times. It stopped the itching and really helped. Maybe it suffocates the mites, I don't know."
02/26/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Egg yolks and lime juice for a liver cleanse? Were the egg yolks raw or cooked? How did you do it???"
09/24/2012: Leelannee from Sussex, NJ replies: "reply to: question/remedy needed for itchy eyelids
Hey everybody, thanks for your suggestions! Turns out I have diabetes... It went undiagnosed for quite a while due to my labs being misfiled at the doctor's office (lesson learned: always ask the lab to send a copy of the results directly to YOU! ). Lowering/controlling my blood sugar (via a low-carb diet diabetes medication) has helped tremendously. Slipping up and eating sugar results in itchy eyelids again. Weird but true! :)"