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Posted by Marlene (Pocatello, Idaho Usa) on 08/21/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had Eczema all my life been to many doctors and have used all kinds of medicine. Nothing ever really helped. I had one ultra violet treatment and it lasted for years. I had that done in AZ. That was about 26 yrs. ago and low and behold about 6 yrs. ago it came back! I was so sad... At first it was just a little on one finger. It came on this spring with a vengeance and I still have it. I get little bumps that itch. When they are rubbed they weep, then peel. When it is bad it cracks. The skin is very dry and draws making the cracking worse and a lot of pain.

I went to the garden several days ago and pulled a batch of BEETS. I cooked them yesterday and when they were done I skinned them the juice was all over my hands. IT FELT GOOD! Overnight the swelling is down and almost healed. I CAN"T BELIEVE it? I peeled potatoes for dinner just a bit ago and the potato juice got on me and started to itch and burn. So! I rubbed a plain cooked beet on my finger. Guess what! Instant relief. Have you ever heard of this before? It isn't totally gone but I sure feel better. The little sores are died a pretty red, but that's okay by me. What is in a beet that has this effect? Would love to know.

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Posted by Yvonne (West Palm Beach, Fl) on 02/22/2011

[YEA]  My 9 yr old has been afflicted with eczema on the tops of her feet and ankles for over a year. The best success we've had is by applying Betadine (or Iodine) liberally on the skin and leaving on overnight. Stick to this each night and you'll see results within a week. Good luck!

Bleach Bath
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Posted by Nadia (Palm Coast) on 08/30/2013

[YEA]  Hello, I have three boys (6, 5, and 4 )and all of them suffer from eczema. The oldest one has already outgrown it, the middle one does much better, and the little one is still not good. This is my second post here, the first one you can probably find back a few years ago when I found an aurvedic cream Turmeric from India, that cured my oldest son like a miracle when he was about 2 years old. You can the cream in any Indian store or I buy it online now... We still use this cream a lot for any wounds, cuts... Surprisinly, it didn't help my second and third boys... Long story short, I have been trying everything under the moon to get relieve for the kids. Those parents whose children suffer from eczema, know how painful it is to see your children suffer.... This summer I've been taking boys to the city swimming pool and I noticed that the skin of my youngest boys is so silky and healthy , like a newborn baby. I shared my thoughts with my husband, saying that chlorine cured Michael's skin and my husband only laughed at me. We spent so much money buying an expensive water filter for the whole house(reverse osmosis)... Knowing how bad chlorine is.... I had nothing to say to him.... But I felt that chlorine helped and when we stopped going for the classes, in a few weeks skin got worse... Then we had a consultation with a dermatologyst in Mayo clinic Gainsville. (it is another story and I 'll skip it) , but the doctor noticed that my son's skin is dry... " I'll tell you what to do, You need to wash him in a house bleach 1/4 to 1/2 cup to a tub of water twice-three times a week" I was shocked, so it was not only my feelings! I came home and did search on household bleach and eczema. there is science behind it! you may look thru this article, or you may search many more :

Reading these articles you'll see the how chlorine helps to cure the skin. And I really want to hear positive results from you!

Replied by Elaine
Ky, Usa
Nadia, Thanks for sharing your success. Congratulations! I wonder if the chlorine helps because it is killing bacteria, or virus, or fungus that is causing the eczema? Elaine
Replied by Bradshad
North Prov, Rhode Island
To Nadia with three kids with eczema. I have psoriasis and was told to use the bleach routine before. Firstly it is not a cure and second please don't put bleach on your young children. I am not a naturopath but have done a lot of reading. You skin is a filter and anything that is absorbed thru the skin gets put thru your liver as well. My feelings are you are doing way more harm than good. Skin conditions are to do with the diet. Plenty of info on here and other sites. Could be dairy or wheat or something else. Good luck.
Replied by Nadia
Palm Coast
Yes, the theory here is that the antimicrobial properties of bleach help relieve symptoms of eczema not by acting directly on that skin condition, but by improving children's skin infections of staph bacteria — a common co-occurrence that exacerbates the irritating symptoms of eczema.

Again, as a mother it's a heartbreaking to see your child suffer and not able to help. I did not write it in the first post but I tried evening primeros oil, coconut oil, tamu oil, etc... I eliminated dairy but did not see much effect, now we buy raw milk and organic yogurts. I stopped using wheet for a few months and didn't see any improvement.. We eat organic now with no colors, artifitial sweeteners etc, and I make all food from scratch at home.. Now when children go to school, I make them school breakfasts and lunches daily, with lots of fresh greens/fruits...we eliminated all harsh dish washing products, changed laundry detergent, stopped using laundry softeners. We try to control dust mites (changed floors to hard wood ). We live in florida, so I take boys to the beach a lot (vitamin D exposure) and they swim a lot in ocean water. I don't shower them at home often (only when it is absolutely necessary-rarely). I make my own soap (also organic with minimum ingridients)... We use probiotics, ... I tried high doses of vitamin C, turmeric powder.... A few years ago, when my oldest one was about 2 years old and the exzema was so bad that covered almost 80% of his body and face, I took him to the doctor and he gave us prednisolone... I was so desperate that gave the medicine to my son... He cleared up by the end of the treatment... And the exzema returned right back within a week, only worse!! So, no more steroids for the boys... And again, you cant treat the chronic condition constantly with steroids! This was at that time when I found about Turmeric aurvedic cream on this website... One of the parents shared it in a post.... Turmeric worked wonder on the oldest son, but didn't touch two other boys....

I did not take my boys to the city swimming pool up until this summer only because I was afraid of chlorine... And only this summer I decided to do so only because we live around water and kids must know how to swim.... Again, I hope parents will read my post and try 1/4 to 1/2 cup of household bleach to the tub of water twice to three times a week... And again, public swimming pool worked well for us....

God bless everyone.

Replied by Nadia
Palm Coast
Hello Bradshad from North Prov. I just posted a reply to Elain, please read it... I listed what I have done to treat my boys' eczema.... Again, if you google something like: household bleach and exzema you'll get plenty of results. You'll be able to read studies that prove that dilute bleach helps to treat Staphylococcus aureus, which is what is often times exzema is caused by.

As I mentioned in my post we even changed the filter to the whole house reverse osmosis system, to minimize the clorine...and I am very open to anything new... and I am continuing to be looking and reading about it....

Replied by Timh Donate

Ky, Usa
@Nadia: One very important reminder; be absolutely certain that the bleach you use doesn't have artificial or chemical scent added. As a safer substitute one could use Povidone Iodine.

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Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 02/21/2013

[YEA]  I had a terrible itchy rash on my arm for months. I tried countless things but nothing helped. I read about Borage Seed Oil on this website. I got some and took 3 capsules a day. In two weeks my rash was gone. (Improvement happened pretty quickly. ) I ran out last week and my rash started to come back. I got another bottle of Borage Seed Oil today! I have never been diagnosed with eczema, but that seems the most likely based on symptoms.

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Posted by Middlebunny (Jersey City, NJ, USA) on 03/23/2008

[YEA]  Ailments: Fibroid, eczema and Meningioma (brain tumor)

Remedy: Blackstrap Molasses and Borax Cures

Do they work? Maybe

I have had eczema occassionally for years. I'm not sure of the cause. My dermatologist used to prescribe elocon cream; however, this is no longer on the rx formulary for my health plan and too expensive to purchase without insurance. I began putting 1/4 teaspoon of borax (laundry soap) in 1 liter of water and drinking this while at work. I'm not a water drinker so I rarely finish the whole bottle and don't do it consistently (4 days on and 3 days off) as Ted recommended. Despite this, the eczema seems to be improving substantially. It is no longer itchy and seems to be fading away after about 6 weeks.

I was diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors in January 2003 and have been avoiding surgery. In 2006, a reproductive endocrinologist advised me that the fibroids had expanded my uterus to the size of someone who was 6 months pregnant. He scheduled me for a myeomectomy (abdominal versus vaginal) which I later cancelled. I wasn't comfortable with the doctor nor did I want to spend 2 months recovering. In 2007, I was also diagnosed with a meningioma on my right optic nerve close to where it intersects with the left optic nerve. Because of the location surgery wasn't possible so I did the recommended 6 weeks of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy. This apparently has stopped the tumor growth but triggered a whole host of other problems (loss of taste sensation, more eczema, hair loss, exhaustion, black spots on my tongue, etc., etc) which is what led me to the website.

Thanks to Ted and the other contributors to this site, I have found out that my body is acidic (5.9ph) which might explain why I had such a bad reaction to the radiation. In the meantime, I have been trying a few of the remedies with enough success to make me realize that modern medicine isn't always best for every health condition.

I have been taking Blackstrap Molasses since I first stumbled on the website about 5 months ago along with ACV and Baking Soda. I'm not very good at taking them daily since I forget, I have increased my intake of vitamins and supplements. I take a multi-vitamin (after breakfast of instant oatmeal) every workday with the ACV/BS in glass of water(before eating). My GYN prescribed Ponstal to contol the unbelievable bleading during my periods which come about every 21-24 days from the onset of one. I'm still in the phase where I only have about 5 days a month with no bleeding or discharge but I think this is improving. I went through some sort of healing crisis last November and thought I might have to be rushed to the hospital due to the uncontrollable bleeding but since then it has improved. The Ponstal must be taken with food every 6 hours so I generally do that for the first 4 days of every period. In addition, I take about 1-2 tablespoons of BSM in the morning before work and 1 after dinner at night while I'm taking the Ponstal. I seems to be reducing the bleeding and shortening my heavy flow days from 7 to about 4. It is difficult for me to say for sure that the BSM is the reason for my improvement since I'm doing a lot of cures at once. I'm also taking a garlic tincture that someone made for me which is supposed to help dissolve the fibroids (this is garlic cloves with vodka which sits refrigerated for 2-3 weeks, drained and then taken orally with a dropper). I also don't take that consistently either. You are supposed to take 25 drops 3 times a day (after the 1st month where the # of drops vary). I generally only take it in the morning and occassionally at night. To avoid smelling like garlic all day, I brush my teeth with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and floride-free toothpaste, then drink water with a teaspoon of chlorophyl. I ususally do this every morning before work but have reached the point where it seems to give me gas later on during the day so I'm currently taking a break from the garlic tincture (2 weeks so far) until my stomach can handle it again.

I would really like to know what Ted thinks of my remedy experiments to see if they should be modified in any way. If any of your readers have suggestions, I would appreciate those as well.

Thank you,

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Posted by Sophia (Canada) on 12/01/2014

[YEA]  Please try a homeopathic cream using calendula. It seems to have healed the ezcema on my lips, eyelids and cheeks. I was recommended to take a liver support natural supplement; the one I'm taking has milk thistle.

Best of luck.

Replied by Larry
Fairfax, Va
Hi Sophia, Glad to hear your eczema cleared.

Can you be more specific as to the homeopathic that contained calendula cream that you used? Were you using the natural liver cleanse (milk thistle) at the same time or just started it after the healing? Thanks. - Larry

Replied by Sophia
[YEA]   Hi Larry, unfortunately the Jar has no details on content. It is in a white jar with a typed label saying Calendulis cream so very much a homepathic concoction.

I started the milk thistle ("Hepamed - Hepatic Regenerator") a few days after the cream and it's been a week today. I would say though that the cream is truly the real and more immediate help. So far so good - amazing actually (fingers crossed). Good luck to you.

Carrot Juice
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Posted by Nikki (Oakland, NJ) on 01/03/2009

[NAY]  My son who is 7 years old is been suffering from mild eczema since he was a baby. Recently, about three months ago, his condition has taken the worst turn. His ecaema started to get worse. I recently bought a book on line which says to give him apple and carrot juice. I give him a glass a day and his eczema spread on his stomach, thights, arms, back, and side of his face. I don't know if this is related to the juice or not. I would like to give him ACV and know what amount. Thanks in advance for help.

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Auckland, Nz
I sometimes get 'hotter' after drinking apple juice - I also drink carrot juice which I seem to be fine with. But ACV is working wonders on my skin - drying it out from red weeping itching prickly mess. I just pour it into capful, dip my fingers in cap and rub that on skin - I rub it all over and use as much as needed to get a thin film of it over skin. It stings so if on child maybe do a little bit on one patch so it gets used to idea that it will sting. It takes away itching in minutes. I leave mine to dry after - no creams or oil as they make it itch and heat up again.

Castor Oil
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Posted by Beatrix (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/01/2012

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  i have suffered from eczema for more than 5 years. I had chinese medicine (herbal tea of a kind) and my skin healed completely for about 4 months. Then winter came and my eczema got really bad. First it was the front of my neck then it spread all the way around. I tried using olive oil to moisturise the skin and it didnt really work. Then, a family friend whose son also suffered from eczema, recommended castor oil. I went and bought some from the chemist and applied it to my neck.

the next day I applied it to my neck when I woke up and when it dried up. I had to sleep with a towel on my pillow otherwise my pillow would soak up the oil. it worked within 2 days. my skin got softer (when my eczema was bad it would be hard), more moist, and it healed, but not completely.

the biggest setback was when I would scratch in my sleep without knowing and find blood on my pjs and hands. I found that the dead skin on my bed probably didnt help so I moved to sleep on the floor. this helped alot.

hoped this helped

Posted by E (Ny) on 11/03/2011

[NAY]  I used the castor oil on some eczema and skin got very tender and swollen. It happened twice. I don't know if it was the particular brand I got off of Ebay or if castor oil is not good for eczema.

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Posted by Silvermist (Downeast, Maine, Usa) on 07/17/2012

[YEA]  I have been having my child soak in the ocean this summer and her eczema was improving, but we were still giving her hydroxyzine every night for the itching (it's like benadryl). Anyway, I picked some cattails and rubbed the gel that's found by peeling the base of the stalk onto her worst patch and it was COMPLETELY healed the next day- no sign of eczema at all and she slept through the night w/ no itching for the first time in her life! I am going to pick some more cattails and do the other areas.

The other thing I found, after the cattails, was this post on in the coconut oil section:

My grandmother Guffys skin was as soft and smooth as a babys butt till the day she died at 94. One day, when I was a younger woman constantly on the go, she noticed how dry and ashy my skin was and elected to tell me about her method of bathing. It was the only thing she said she did to keep her body clean and soft. First, she never took long baths (and NO, she did not smell). She said bathing dried out skin. Second, she never used hot water on her skin. Third, she never needed lotions. I listened; yet, despite the evidence before me, I did not take her advise. Hot showers were invigorating, I exclaimed. Who ever heard of not bathing, I secretly thought. Why do not the young listen! For years now I have suffered with extremely dry and itchy skin. FINALLY! I recalled my grandmother Guffys bathing method for clean, itch-less, soft, ageless skin. Here it is:

1) Massage 2-3 tablespoons of (antibacterial, anti-fungal) coconut oil over your entire dry, naked body, but not your face. Be sure to include your private areas and feet - get utterly greasy with it! Let it soak 5 minutes

2) Take a clean, white, DRY bath cloth, folded in fours and scrub your entire body. When one side of the cloth gets cruddy, refold to a clean side of the same cloth. Don't forget private areas

3) Shower/rinse in very lukewarm to cold water and ONLY wash your private areas with diluted baking soda and water or an organic non-soap or as I sometimes do, diluted ACV Get out of the shower and barely pat dry.

Chamomile Tea
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Posted by Barbara (Cape Town, South Africa) on 03/16/2007

[YEA]  I battled with eczema on both my hands for years - my hands were constantly raw and bleeding from all the scratching. Then I read somewhere that chamomile tea would help. I soaked my hands in a strong brew of chamomile tea every day for about 10 minutes. It's now completely gone. I also make a point of avoiding all soap. We have a fantastic ointment here called Epizone E which can be used as a soap and a moisturiser. Hope this bit of info can help someone out there!

Coconut Oil and Turmeric
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Posted by Jen (Brooklyn, NY) on 11/06/2014

[YEA]  I love coconut oil!! I swallow a spoonful on an empty stomach in the morning and at night to keep my body healthy and to stave off infections. I have a little remedy I like to do for dry, flaky skin with organic ground turmeric powder and organic virgin coconut oil. Around my mouth was constantly itchy, irritated, flakey, and cracked (in the corners of my mouth) and I made this paste out of the coconut oil and turmeric powder and put it on the effected areas. It cleared up super fast... within a weeks time! I would use this paste again on any annoying, dry and flakey spots!


Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
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Posted by LB (Reigate, Surrey, UK) on 02/18/2009


I found that mixing VCO with Tea Tree Oil and applying it to the patch of excema several times daily (6 or 7) cleared my discoid eczema within 7-10 days rather that the 8-10 weeks it usually took to clear. Discoid eczema patches are usually roundish in shape. They are very itchy to begin with, and then become very sore as they form several tiny heads which weep. The patch then becomes very hard and thick and normally takes weeks to heal leaving a mark where it had once been.

I have also made a connection with eating citrus and flare ups.

Cod Liver Oil
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Posted by Jenna (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 08/06/2013

[YEA]  After years of doctors, dermatologists etc etc not to mention $$$ a naturopath put me on to high doses of Cod liver Oil for my eczema /dermatitis - in 2 weeks it was completely gone. Please please please try this for 2 weeks - say a capsule every meal ie 3 or 4 capsules a day and in 2 weeks it will be gone. She explained we need to moisturise from the inside out, Cod liver oil has Vit D and I also take Evening Primrose Oil which has Omega 6 - which fish oil doesn't have - Fish oil is not enough - just Google cod liver oil and eczema to see the results - How did I go so long when it was so simple!

Posted by Macky (New Iberia, La) on 09/12/2009

[YEA]  My son had severe eczema from the time he was a few months old. I took him to 3 doctors and was given prescriptions that didn't cure him.He scratched til he bled. One day after fasting I read that a deficiency in vitamin A will cause dry, itchy bumps especially on the legs.

I gave him cod liver oil in a cup of juice with a top on it (sippy cup) because of the smell. The next week he did not have one spot on him and he is 18 years old now and never had that again.

Replied by Diane
Ottumwa, Ia
Skin Update. Fatty Acid Metabolism Disorder.

Supplement with Borage, or Evening Promrose and Flax Seed Oil and Carnitine.

Totally Cured.

Eczema and dermatitis can be confused and be misdiagnosed, so forgive me for posting this here. This may help someone.

Symptoms: red, flaky skin, lifting off in very large flakes with white pustules like small cysts, forming rapidly under the skin. I did not have just the redness and broken veins that some people have.

It was diagnosed by my Dr. As "perioral dermatitis". It was a mess, and I had it for approximately 8-9 months before I figured out what it was.

This is for people who have tried everything. Believe me. I tried everything listed on this website and more.

I treated it as: a pathogen (like a bacteria like strep or staph), a fungus, mites, (yes, I drank the damn borax), scabies, leishmania, malessezzia, (seborrhea), acne, I tried three different antibiotic gels from the Dr, (metrogel, ciclopirox, clindamycin). I would get excited, because some things seemed to work for a few days, or a week but the condition always returned and got progressively worse. A fatty acid metabolism disorder will mimc the symptoms of Dermatitis with few other noticeable symptoms. My only clue came after I took a big dosage of Cod Liver Oil and I saw what looked like chicken skin under my eyes the next day. I knew something was really wrong. Started Flax, and Borage Oil capsules the next day. Took L-Carnitine on an empty stomach, (just happened to have it, and knew it was good for fatty acid metabolism disorder from a study I saw on the web regarding Acidura and Carnitine). The Acidura, (a condition of acidity in the body) interferes with fatty acid metabolism processes in the body. This, combined with a genetic predisposion called kryptopyluria and six cups of coffee a day meant I was not able to process fish oil of any type. This also explains why some of the other remedies like vinegar and baking soda, alkalinizing the body, liver cleanses, and the digestive enzymes seem to work for some people also. You will know within three days if this will work for you.

I saw healing within one day, the flakes stopped in three days and the redness went away in a week. My skin is perfectly clear and has been for two months. I still continue with the Carnitine, Flax and Borage only because I'm afraid to stop. Please note: I did topical applications of Sulfur, (sublimed pwder mixed into mayonese as a carrier) and bought MMS, (chlorine dioxide) previous to trying the Flax, Carnitine and Borage. The sulfur may have lessened the white pustules, but I still had the red, flaky skin. If the pustules don't go away, you made want to try the sulfur or the MMS.

Best Wishes.

Replied by Sp
Murfreesboro, Tn
Wow Diane, Thank you so much for sharing. I have dermatitis. I have just started taking the flaxseed oil, and evening primrose. I will add the carnitine and see if this will work on me also.
Replied by Maggie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi. I find this posting most interesting. I have been battling chicken skin for 2-3 years now. I do not have the red flaky skin but have been told I have rosacea. I am wondering if this could possibly be helpful as I have tried everything as well. I currently take evening primrose oil capsules irregularly and put a 1/2 tsp of flaxseed in my oatmeal each am. But I take a lot of omegas and am wondering if this is inadvisable. I take cod liver oil capsules; omega and fish oil capsules and seabuckthorn capsules on a rotating basis. My skin is wonderfully soft from these oils but wondering if it is also too much.

Also please note I did not take all these supplements until after a long time trying to experiment with things to try and get rid of this chicken skin/rosacea type condition. I would like to try just your supplement recommendations and stop all the others temporarily to see if it would clear up my condition - which to clarify is only on my face. I had actually come to the point of giving up trying to remedy my problem because I have worked so hard at it and never seen an improvement over the last few years other than they seem to be less prominent now then other times. I really could never figure out what it was that made them better or worse. I have been told I have candida; I was told by a dermatologist it was a hormone imbalance; so always a mass confusion and a constant process of experimentation.

I am 51 years old and have recently gone through menopause. Again, the symptom of these pustules, white bumps whatever you would call them have never actually left - even for a day. I have had times last summer where a couple picked off but none have come to the surface lately. I could never figure out what it was that happened at that time to cause the slight improvement at that time.

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Maggie (fellow Calgarian) - I wonder if you have keratosis pilaris. While it seems most people get it on their arms or legs, some do get it on their face.

There are a number of cures here on Earth Clinic, including a homemade mixture of organic coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and lecithin (emulsifier). You might want to add a few drops of lavender - it sounds like it is quite whiffy!

Here's the link:

Although you are taking quite a few oils, are you eating enough water-filled vegetables (like in green smoothies)? Supposedly that is the best way to get water into our cells.

A humidifier is a must here in Calgary. Exfoliate your skin very gently and rinse thoroughly before patting on a moisturizer (or coconut oil). Some people even put a 50/50 coconut oil and castor oil blend on their face at night (too heavy for the day).

Also, I believe there are a few forums on the Internet for people with facial keratosis pilaris but I think most of them opt for prescriptions and heavy-duty lotions filled with rather toxic ingredients.

Good luck Maggie! Cheers, Bess