Itchy Skin Cures: Q&A
Last Modified on Mar 31, 2008
I've been reading Earthclinic and your responses for several months now. Several of your suggestions have worked for us.
I have a question for you. Whenever my wife takes some antibiotics, she gets severe itching after a few days of using the drugs. It starts as rashes and ends up with itchiness all over the body. The main problem areas being back, stomach and legs. The doctor prescribed some corticosteroids/prednisone, which helps reducing the rashes, but the itching continues for several days. She is allergic to penicilin (rashes is the allergic reaction), but I believe these drugs do not contain penicilin.
We do try some remedies like ACV + Baking soda in Water, bath with ACV, using Lavender oil, Coconut oil, Olive oil + Oregano spirits + tree tea oil, over the counter & prescription anti-itch creams, Vitamin E capsules, Flax seed oil capsules etc. But these seem to give temporary relief only.
The itching is constant and so severe that she bruises the skin. We would like to know what is the root cause of this problem. The doctors do not seem to know what is the cause, they are treating the symptoms. Any ideas what is causing it and what we can do to get rid of it? Is sodium molybdate an answer and how does it work? Any input you can give would be highly appreciated.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear VN: Generally speaking antibiotics seem to encourage fungus growth as they are made from fungus, and prevents competing bacteria growth, hence it's a antibiotic ability. The other thing is antibiotics promotes accumulation of heavy metals and fungus seem to like to grow in a higher heavy metals environment. Finally, antibiotics causes the body to be acidic, and acidic is a condition by which fungus also grows naturally in a decaying matter. Unfortunately if it grows on a human that is suffering metabolic acidosis, its very much like its encouraging further decay of the cells.
In the long run, antibiotics never has helped me. I managed to stay away from antibiotics, for about more than 10 years now. In between that time, I did used it, but it was totally useless. So I had no choice but to find my own antibiotics. The best antibiotics for me is zinc acetate (or zinc gluconate), alkalization, mannose, and magnesium chloride if it is to be taken internally.
There are a couple of anti-fungal remedies that helped, which required alkalization, such as a mild dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken three times a day. However, this remedy is generally to mild to alkalize the extremities, such as the feet and arms. Therefore, a newer alkalization remedy I have used is what the scientist called the carbicarb remedy, where I improvised into a home remedy as follows
1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda) plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken at least 2 times a day, and perhaps, in the long run a 3 times a day maybe more ideal. The alkalizing effect should reduce the itchinesses in the extremities.
A more immediate relief, on basis of your feedback seems to be fungal in nature, so aspirin in my opinion dissolved in a full glass of water may help. I wouldn't try any other pain relievers, they are too dangerous as it damages the liver, while aspirin may cause stomach problems. But there is a way around this. If aspirin is DILUTED in a full glass of water, its concentrated effect (much like a magnifying glass focusing on the sun rays) is reduced from the water. It is anti-inflammatory that way, but the salicylic acid of the aspirin has anti fungal properties.
Long term antibiotics leads to the vitamin Bs deficiency and molybdenum, which is why those I would take to reduce the inflammatory response from long term antibiotics use. The form of molybdenum I used is sodium molybdate, 50 mg, taken only a couple of days. Iodine may be non existent in some people who drink tap water filled with chlorine and fluorine. This is important since they reduce the immune system, and encourages fungus growth. Hence, a dechlorinator added to a drinking water helps. Strangely, the fish aquarium has all the luck and this is where I might by a dechlorinator, but it has to be clearly labeled, sodium thiosulfate, no food coloring, and a dechlorinator, regardless of the brand if it is in a solution can be anywhere between 5-20% which are generally acceptable, no need to be precise on this issue.
A topical solution of preferably ammonium bicarbonate (maybe found in a local bakery supply store) or ammonium chloride (only found in chemical supply store) dissolve with 50 80% water is applied to reduce the itchiness from fungus. Inflammation effects of antibiotics, may not work except quite possibly from the aspirin and alkalization.
Long term extreme itching at least by me is alkalization and borax remedy. Alkalization is already mentioned above, so the borax remedy might be 1/4 teaspoon in one liter of drinking water. The other long term solution that might be worth trying since antibiotics deplete vitamin B complex in general, and molybdenum that seems to be important. However the ability of the body to fight off fungus, besides alkalization sometimes needs selenium, chromium, and vanadium. Selenium is antifungal, chromium reduces blood sugar, but so does vanadium. Manganese may be helpful if mood problem is noticed after taking vitamin B complex since manganese controls mood issue. Interestingly fluoridated water and dangerous aspartame (found in xylitol gums, diet coke, diet pepsi, and other sugar free) also causes the itchiness to be severe enough that they the skin don't heal. It works by causing the body to be in an extreme acidosis and the negative effects of aspartame lasts for weeks before the baking soda and sodium citrate or sodium carbonate can tame the acidic effects, as noticed in the urinary pH. Artificial sweeteners causes acidic urine to be below 6, almost instantly and the effects lasts for over a week with just one ingestion of aspartame even, just 10 mg of the thing. Interestingly it causes much more negative effects of antibiotics if they are taken.
Copper and sulfur are also antifungal in nature. Copper is found in cocoa drinks, and sulfur is found in yellow liquid egg yolk in partially cooked eggs.
Generally speaking, the global remedies I used to stop itchiness is usually the newer carbicarb remedy, plus topical application of ammonium carbonate. In the long run, I need to take b complex (usually b50) and sodium molybdate, if I can find them! A borax is helpful for long term itching and I will take them internally, as it discourages itchiness.
A very simple remedy, if I am outside the house has got to be either the lavender oil or peppermint oil, with some dilutions with coconut oil applied to the area. Sometimes I mixed them in some extra virgin olive oil.
Sometimes drinking green tea reduce some itchiness as the tannins found denatures them. So a green tea or even a weak solution of tannic acid applied to the leg might help.
Long term taking of antibiotics may also cause auto toxification, which results in itchy skins. To reduce auto-toxification, a hydrogen peroxide remedy will detox nearly 90% of chemicals that recirculates and accumulates in the body. Therefore, 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in one glass or two glasses of water, taken only once or twice a day for a week should reduce the toxic overload of the liver to a more manageable levels. But also magnesium supplements can also reduce the effects of heavy metal toxicity that might cause skin problems just the same, but likely I will start with the my own hydrogen peroxide liver cleansing remedy first.
Most antibiotics uses causes severe rashes. I had a friend of mind who nearly died of the rashes. Redness all over her body, and kidney damages to boot. She was cured, simply enough with a couple of things:
1. Magnesium chloride 250 mg in one glass of water taken only three doses
2. Skin detoxification with bentonite clay bath.
Ted's skin clay detoxification:
The bentonite clay baths works this way: get the body wet. Mixed some clays (could even be mud packs) dissolved in water). The solution should be fairly thick not too thick, but pudding thickness. It is then applied on the skin. Get a fan and dry on the skin. The drying effect of bentonite will suck from the skin the antibiotic poisons. It is then rinsed. Repeat this up to 5 times in one bath and can be repeated as often as necessary until the redness goes away.
Ted's Peroxide skin detoxification:
In case the clay is not available, this method has been popular with the Chinese for thousands of years, but they use a cup to suck the air in the skin over a small area to increase oxygen detoxification. I found this to be very limited in nature and time consuming, and revised the Traditional Chinese Remedy of cupping by preparing a hydrogen peroxide 1% applied to the skin using a wet towel on the skin and leave it long enough. I always used a hydrogen peroxide food grade in this instances. It is than rinse after a minute or two and then reapplied and the redness and rashness should reduce.
I can't possibly cover the universe of skin rashness of antibiotics, but my guess appears to be one of side effects of antibiotics overuse and the body is full of toxic substance, so I guess the magnesium chloride (or magnesium gluconate) plus the bentonite clay or the hydrogen peroxide skin detoxification might be the way to go.
If the above improved, chances are the liver is detox and perhaps I might try just 1/2-1 teaspoon of 3% H2O2 in one glass of water or more of the plain water. To quickly detox it. In case there is lingering effects.
Overall, I must avoid aspartame, fluorine, chlorine of drinking water as these three things stand out in reduction of the immune system, and further cause increase toxicity to the body. It relates this way: if the immune system is reduced, the pathogens are higher. If pathogens are higher, they produce more toxic substances that the body becomes allergic to it, and hence the rash.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Any relief is fine and using any medication depends on the user. I used the aspirin more like antibiotics but this is not a priority.
Just yesterday I have tested out a new remedy, which works excellent in eliminating the itchiness. A 1-5% Ammonium Chloride solution dissolved in water, or 1-5% Ammonium bicarbonate solution is quite helpful with recurring conditions as it is strongly anti-fungal. Interestingly the remedy works much better with the addition of 1% borax added to the solution. Both ammonium and borax compounds are anti-fungal. Interestingly, I used this solution to test for the presence of fungus. A person without fungus feels nothing with this solution. A person with a fungus, will feel small stinging pain, and then the itchiness goes away completely, even after one application in some cases. Interestingly I don't know why pharmaceuticals and alternative medicine don't have much remedies on fungus, as this is one of the causes of eczema, itchiness, candida and a variety of conditions. Antibiotics are antibacterial. Antifungals kill fungus and antivirals kill virus. Most of our sickness relates more to virus and fungus, including osteoporosis.
It should be noted that most itchiness problems are one fungus issue. Alkalization will slow reduce the condition slowly, but a topical application will cause much more immediate relief, such as within 30 minutes.
I also used other anti-fungal remedies but the one I mentioned here are relatively easy to find. Ammonium bicarbonate might be available in a bakery supply store, but I got mine from a chemical supply store. Suitable ammonium compounds are ammonium carbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, ammonium chloride (my favorite).
Moldy house can commonly cause fungus. A newer solution I found is to use a 5% ammonium chloride with 1% borax in water to pump sprays on my clothes and sometimes apply on the skin and areas around the house, especially the bed since the bedsprings and the mattresses underneath have a huge mold counts because it is not possible to laundry it. Hence I spray them lightly and fan dry or hair dryer with the ammonium compounds. Many people who now have long term sickness (that last years) was traced to living previously in a moldy house previously. Of course, in the US it is relatively difficult to find any chemicals, hence if I am in that situation, I might buy a Bo-peep ammonia cleaner (AVOID FUMES!!) and mixed them with lots and lots of baking soda (50%) plus 50% Bo Peep to prepare myself an ammonium bicarbonate solution myself. I may keep adding more baking soda until there's no ammonia fumes.
The whole approach to this issue is to solve the cause this should be the best approach toward a cure. Calcium rich foods are not helpful for eczema.
04/03/2008: VN replies: Thanks for the detailed and quick response. We have already started with Baking Soda + water remedy. Can we also start with the Asprin dissolved in water remedy even though she is taking Prednisone? I hope it will not be a problem. Stopping the medication is not an option at the moment because it is the only one giving relief. I hope i will be able to find the remaining items you suggested in stores here. Thanks.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The itchiness, hair breaking, nail fungus and the night vision seems to be related in one way: mycoplasma or fungus infection. Fungus cause extreme itching if it is in the blood. Molybdenum is a common treatment for candida and fungus, since sodium molybdate have some anti-fungus properties too. The hair breaking is a sign of vitamin C deficiency. Once interesting properties of vitamin C is its anti-fungus properties.
If the person is low on vitamin C, copper, molybdenum, and boron, and quite possibly acidosis, then the fungus can cause itchiness quite severely. My home is teeming with these and I had to clean my room floor with a weak copper chloride solution, about 0.5%-1% concentration. Sometimes I make a mild solution of it to apply on my extremities, feet and hands. A borax solution saturated, means in one cup I may add 2 tablespoon to the 1% hydrogen peroxide and take bath with it. I would certainly smell bad like a chlorine, but both the borax AND the hydrogen peroxide kills the fungus. I might also add 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of borax to one liter of drinking water, take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda once in the morning and once before I lseep in 1/2 glass of water, just to get myself alkalized.
A low copper is indicated and interestingly, vitamin C increases copper utilization, and copper is also has a powerful antifungal properties. Many of today's newer fungus, that was not in existent or widespread is the newer mycoplasma, which I suspect is what causes the problem.
As to the night vision problem, a molybdenum deficiency is indicated here. Since a molybdenum supplements I cannot find, I use sodium molybdate and take 1/16 teaspoon one single dose, weekly until night vision is gone. It takes about 3-4 days to notice improvement, at least it did to me!
However, vitamin A is supportive and helpful for nightvition too in case of a fungus indicated here, it would seem moybdenum would work the best. Still some vitamin A 25,000 i.u. is needed, precautionary. Although a cod liver oil is helpful here too.
To reduce fungus problems, increasing some copper rich foods might be helpful, such as cocoa and vitamin C.There might be other minerals that kills the fungus, but the copper, vitamin C, molybdenum, and baking soda has been tested by me time and time again. Manganese can only be a problem if there is a hair loss, also from a fungus, but not necessary unless a hair loss is noticed. I used manganese sulfate, one tip of the knife dose, mixed in water.Fungus tends to grow well inside the body rich inblood calcium (it seems to be widespread), and hence apple cider vinegar or just a more effective one one whole lemon juice mixed in one glass of water that I would take it three times a day.
A more milder solution instead of a lemon juice, which may upset the stomach for many people, I would use mostly 2 tablespoon of lime juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass or 1 glass of water, taken twice a day. This one can be used in place of just the baking soda remedy taken alone. It may be more effective in the removal of excess serum calcium AND alkalization of the body.
Finally 250 mg of magnesium citrate taken 5 days out of a week that I would take to displace the excess calcium that provide food for the fungus.
Free metal iron, usually from those steel pots and pans, also add fuel to the fungus growth. Hence I would consider drinking green tea (no sugar, no milk,no flavor) at least three times a day. Each green tea that I used to drink, slowly of course, never forcing myself, is 500 cc.
It is generally o.k. to drink fruits, but I like to eat pomegranate when I can, as it is rich in tannins and get rid of both free metal iron (which fuels the fungus) and kills off the mycoplasma and fungus. Tannins are usually found in green tea and pomegranate. Although admitedly I do use tannic acid 1/8 teaspoon in 1/2 liter of water from time to time, to remove the free metal irons and other heavy metals too. Tannic acid is one of the unrecognized chelating agents, that can bind effectively the iron, which might also be useful in the distant future to reduce the symptoms and problems associated with malaria as this binds tightly to metal iron that might starve the microbes that relies on the free metal iron.
Those that I mentioned here is what I used whenever a itchy skin is indicated. I often noticed I get itchy feet whenever my feet are in contact with a floor that is high in fungus count. In that case I might grab a Bo-Peep Ammonia cleaner (follow instructions please, DO NOT SMELL THEM) to mop up and kill the fungus on the floor which causing the infection. I might also laundry all my clothes with a Bo Peep ammonia solution as best as I can so the itching won't come back.
Whenever a person (like me!) is deficient of molybdenum, taking any antibiotics rich in fungus, can cause me to break into hives itchining all over the place. Certain sulfites and sulfa antibiotics added to wines and beer can cause it too, if the person like me is low on molybdenum too.
If a simple remedy is just needed, then a simple lavender oil will do the trick. But lavender oil are used only in milder cases of itchiness. A local application or bathing in vinegar also does the trick too, but it does not necessarily cure the condition.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Most of the problems of itching can be relieved with taking plenty of vitamin C sodium ascorbate or rose hips however the dose have to be fairly sizeable to work and does go away and sometimes hardly comes back. The dose for vitamin C I take, for my itch at the very least is about 5000 mg to 10,000 mg per day for only a couple of days and the itching never comes back, and I am referring to a severe itching, the kind that gets all over the place. Usually the vitamin C neutralizes what I found much later to be a fungus problem and hence, taking certain supplements such as vitamin C may help.
At the same time, I can also apply simple white distilled vinegar and soak the places where it itches as the white distilled vinegar also kills the fungus. Sometimes even living in a moldy house, like mine can really cause itchy feet all the time and as a rule rather than an exception, a simple remedy is applying vinegar, on myself, and if it is from allergies or a negative reaction to an unknown mycoplasma, sometimes taking a bath in borax or vinegar helps almost immediately as well. It is quite often helps that when laundering certain moldy clothes in a bleach can also help in some cases as well.
Apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda taken twice a day can also help by alkalizing, certain fungus which causes the itching gets reduce. As a clue: sweets, whether they come from fruits, drinks, fruit juice, etc. can also initiate itchiness. However certain fruits might reduce it such as cranberries. In general if I am caught eating sweets, then I know I have to take at least 5 times the amount of plain water to dilute the sugar buildup, which can often trigger an overactive immunity. For me it is not an overactive immunity, but a fungus often initiate this kind of responses which appears to be so, but are apparently reduced whenever antifungal supplements or home remedies are used.
Changing diet to be of higer protein from fishes (such as tuna, sardines, salmon) can also reduce some itchiness as the protein is broken down in to ammonium compounds which by the way is antifungal and reduces the itching. Of course I would try to avoid vegetable oils and oily food. Ammonium compounds, sometimes I used them to relieve itching too, to wash my arms or legs with 10% ammonium arbonate or 10% ammonium bicarbonate, if I wouldn't be able to find borax or vinegar, or copper chloride 1%-2% laying around to help relieve the itching.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Anne: The itchiness if often a fungus condition. Consider taking a bath in the evening using pure vinegar. Or perhaps soaking the body for about 30 minutes to an hour in a mule team borax solution.
The other issue is in case of emergency itchiness, consider using lavender oil to apply to the skin. It should go away in minutes. Most weak fungus or other contaminants get neutralize with it.
Still the cause may be an acid condition that encourages fungus condition causing the itchiness. Take 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda at least 2 times a day for about a week. It is a rather mild way to deal with the problem, but it is a long term solution that at least tries to treat the cause.
If all is not working, then 1/8 teaspoon of borax in one liter of water taken only 4 days out of week until it goes away or most is reduced and stopped. You need not take it more than a month. Borax has antifungal properties, but then so is chromium, and selenium, but borax seems to work the best.
If nothing works then the issue is a chemical or heavy metal problems. For heavy metal problems, take fresh coriander (chinese parsley) such as half a handful for 3 to 4 days out of a week. This should at least remove some heavy metals causing the itchiness.
This is then followed by chemical detoxification such as adding 6-12 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 1 glass of water taken throughout the day. Most chemicals get detoxify and the condition is gone.
Of course you can also prepare once a day wet cloth application of 1% hydrogen peroxide to the skin to kill the fungus and the unknown chemical causing the itchiness.
In one case of my friend having a known cause of skin irritation and itchiness from side effects of the drug. A simple way is to wet the body and apply powdered bentonite clay. It will suck up the poisons or chemical toxins. However should be applied and rinsed about 4 times to observe a noticeable improvement.
Certain people do have "sensitivity" or sulfite sensitivity after taking antibiotics. A little known treatment to reduce this is to take about 25 - 50 mg of sodium molybdate, for only a couple of days should be suffice to reduce sulfite sensitivity.
12/20/2006: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: It should be based upon minimum dosage and how the body responds, positive or negative, and we increase or decrease accordingly. Children in general is usually half of the adult dose. As to the weight thing, there is no clear grounds, but what I do know is people with more weight need much more alkaline forming foods and this dose is weight dependent, including the baking soda too but not absolutely since the length of the intestines is still the same, for equal height.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Celene: Lavender oil, isopropyl alcohol, or both can be applied to the outer nose to stop itching. Sea salt will help both inside an outside, but inside you need a more dilute solution of the salt between 5-10% concentration if it is to be used inside. Try inhaling lavender oil, or eucalyptus oil as this will indirectly kill the viruses from inside the nose. In some cases applying vinegar to the outside nose will reduce itching. If they do consider drinking ACV 2 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day to further reduces it such itchiness.
It is said that MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) destroys fungus/yeast cells, so supplementing this may help. Of course a good MSM substitute but found in somewhat lowered amounts is eating 1-2 cloves of garlic per day will help kill the fungus. Much of the dose depends on how much garlic you can eat, if it is to be consumed in evenly divided dose over the day.
Consider taking some zinc supplements in the form of zinc acetate, taken for a week or two should reduce the itch by increasing the immune reaction. Perhaps trying a weekly iodine foot painting well help. Often people with allergic reactions will have itchiness to, so molybdenum in form of sodium molybdate taken 5 mg- 10 mg would be helpful in reducing certain allergic reactions.
The best way is is to alkalize taking one whole lime/lemon and add baking soda until the fizz stop and add water to 1/2 glass and take this twice a day on an empty stomach (after or before meals over 1 hour). Often circulation problems is related to itchiness where the blood cannot reach it resulting in fungus causing itchiness. Alkalizing the body tends to dilate the tiny blood vessels, increase oxygen, and will result in reduced itchiness. It is necessary that you avoid sugar, all sweet products and all fried food, while your in this condition.
In some cases an itchiness can also be an allergic response, so taking vitamin B complex might also be helpful, in particular is the the thiamine, since the body can deplete itself rather quickly on certain antibiotics and toxic environment. Gluthathione can also help detoxify the blood. If you do have a confirmed fungus problem consider taking chinese parsley (coriander) one handful 2-3 days out of a week for each week. These will remove heavy metals, and thereby starving the fungus and killing them in the process.