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Coconut Oil   7  0   

Posted by Donna (Tunnel Hill, GA) on 02/11/2007

[YEA]  The rash I had lasted for almost two years--tryed everything--natural--I do not like the medical field at all--so a friend of mine who is very much so into alternative medicine started researching about skin--well needless to say she came across and Idia site that said mix tomato juice(organic) and coconut oil(organic) to the rash--the rash was all over my body--I was in so much pain from the rash I was crying--so I mixed it in the blender--put towels down in my bathtub--so as not to make a mess--my husband bless his heart--took a big cooking spoon and pored it on me--as he was pouring I was rubbing it in--yes it had a very much so tingling effect--but we didn't stop--we did this for about 15 minutes--then I didn't wash it off we just kind off blotted it--put on some clothes I didn't mind messing up--the next morning the rash was almost gone--I did the treatment one more time--as of this day which has been about a year--I have seen no signs of the rash--hope this will help someone else--Donna

Coconut Oil, Cayenne Pepper   3  0   

Posted by Dave (Tokyo, Japan) on 12/03/2007

[YEA]  I had a rash on my chest and i was getting redder and more itichy every day. It was also creaping and aboutt to go on my face. I was about to go to the doctors--something I only do when really desperate. So, being a fan of cayenne pepper and coconut oil, I mised them on and applied to just part of my chest. Within two days and with two applications, the rash was gone only where I had put the mixture. Has anyone tried putting these two things together?

Replied by Believer
Boston, Ma Usa
[YEA]   Dave~ I've had a rash on my leg for about a month; about 4x7 inches. It literally appeared overnight was very itchy. I tried ACV and also tried Coconut oil with no luck. I finally went to the Doctor and he prescribed "nystatin - Triamcinolone Acetonide" ointment. That was two weeks ago and I just renewed the prescription. The itching is considerably better but the rash is still very red and ugly. I'm going on a cruise next week and I'd given up all hope of being able to wear shorts. Perhaps out of desperation, I tried your cayene pepper and coconut oil paste last night. I applied it to the rash and put a large gauze pad loosley over it. When I woke this morning, there is absolutely no itchng and the rash is about 50% GONE. I'll try another application today. THANK YOU
Replied by Lori
Broussard, La, Usa
[YEA]   Wow. This is great stuff. I had an allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide. I had used this as a treatment on my face (my entire face) for a couple of days, then broke out into a dry, itchy, red, swollen, hot, bumpy rash. My 1st thought was benadryl & aloe & moisturizer, but they didn't help much.

I came across this post & finally decided to give it a shot (rather than go to a Dr.& have him give me a cortisone shot or some type of meds with possible side effects. I had ACV at home already, so I decided to use that too after I bought the CO & Cayenne. I washed my face with a bar of 'H20plus' soap then blotted on ACV (burned like.... ), then used a mixture of CO & Cayenne on my entire face (putting plain CO around & over my eyes). I woke up this morning & the rash is 75% gone! (1nite, 1application! ) It even cleared up the acne that I was trying to get rid of with the Benzoyl Peroxide. I am amazed. This really works... & fast too!

Replied by Mamad
Sauk Rapids, Mn
Do you have a ratio of pepper to oil? And it sounds like it would burn with the pepper...does it?

Coconut Oil, Turmeric   1  0   

Posted by Martha (Prentiss Twp, Maine) on 05/22/2013

[YEA]  A dear friend has a horrible rash on her legs, with high fevers and pain. No doctors know the cause. Pictures have been sent to Johns Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic. I started rubbing her legs with warmed coconut oil. She was immediately better. Even more so when I added turmeric. Biopsies show inflammation only. Her legs when broken out look like untreated Relapse Fever. It is not well known in the US but is in the west and southwest. South American disease. My son diagnosed her when he was in nursing school from information out of his microbiology book. She has been tested for Relapse Fever and it has not shown up in blood tests. But, coconut oil works for her.

Colloidal Silver   2  0   

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, US) on 08/04/2014

[YEA]  My 8 year old son had a spot on his earlobe that was weepy and red. Likely it was a bug bite that he scratched and it got infected with staph or impetigo (which is a staph infection). Whatever it was, it was infected in some way. I began to spray Colloidal Silver on it 2-3 times a day. In 24 hours I could see that it was improving. It has been a few days and now it looks all healed up. I used 20 ppm Colloidal Silver because that was what was in a little spray mister. I would have used a stronger ppm, but the 20 was just sitting there waiting to be used and it worked well. I will spray once a day for a few more days just in case.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Gabi (TORONTO, CANADA) on 02/04/2008

[YEA]  Hi. I didn't try turmeric when I was in boils. I use Colloidal Silver Water. Apply a drop or two on top of boil (acne too!). After 1-2 hr it stops hurting, stops "growing". Up to 3 days it subsides to red spot. You can use small hair spry bottle (with very fine mist like spry). If you have acne or boils more then one and you expect more to show up spray it on your skin just once and let it dry. Nothing will break out! I suffered for almost 30 years from something what doctor called "diaper rush" (!). The pic of my "diaper rush" was always during summer months. After using once single spray of Colloidal Silver Water I am free of this skin condition. I will get 1 tiny pimple time to time but who hasn't have it during hot summer days?

Cow Udder Cream   1  0   

Posted by Jon (Casa Grande, Arizona) on 07/16/2009

[YEA]  With the extreme heat here in southern Arizona I develop some pretty bad rashes from sweating in my crotch area. A common over the counter remedy that works wonders overnight is used on cow udders.....I'm sure from that you can guess what the product least I hope so....It works SUPER!!!

Replied by Kathy
Stanwood, Wa
[WARNING!]   I wouldn't use that...the main ingredient in ____ is petroleum jelly.
Replied by Pet
Fishkill, Ny
What is wrong with Petroleum jelly? It's great for rashes derm actually suggested it instead of antibiotics last year for a skin rash on my face..went away almost overnight..instead of using steroids!

Diet   2  0   

Posted by Abitcrunchy (Winder, Ga Usa) on 07/15/2011

[YEA]  You that have rashes and your hair thinning you need to know - the way to correct those problems is from the inside out. Diet, not shampoo or soap, is what you need.

Also those talking about ascorbic acid should be aware that it often comes from corn. The majority of corn in this country is genetically modified. If you want grandchildren then do not use that stuff on your kids. If you want to get through life without having organ damage then you should avoid it too.

Replied by Sasha
Portland, US
[YEA]   I was sick for over a year, had many tests and even a food allergy test scratch test and blood test and then my ND told me those tests were only 50% accurate, I had a rash off and on and just general itchy skin, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea weight loss, brain fog fatigue, weakness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and wheezing, I thought I was on my way out in fast order, The elimination diet was suggested and I did it, Elimination diet is just rice, chicken, turkey lamb, all vegetable except night shades, I was also allowed onions and garlic, of course water and olive oil blueberries and pear that is all I ate for two weeks then I reintroduce one food at a time wheat for 1/2 day and see how I feel then back on the diet for 3 1/2 days then soy 1/2 of day, then back on diet for 3 1/2 days then dairy, corn , sugar, citrus etc...this diet helped so much to figure out the cause of all my symptoms an it is best to stop all gluten for at least six months to really see a turn around . I also did a long term gentle parasite cleanse with colonics. These things all turned my life around . I would suggest elimination diet to anyone suffering with rashes.

Eliminate Steroid Cream, Ice Packs   1  0   

Posted by Diane (Riverside Ca., United States) on 02/12/2013

[YEA]  Thank you Earth Clinic! I was suffering from "Red Man Syndrome" due to using the Steriod cream Triamcinolone Acetonide! The horrible rash was on both feet and traveling up both legs! I was extremely depressed! I felt like I had leprosy! The condition was blood red in color! A poster posted a "heads up" regarding this skin problem and the use of the steroid creams and I was able to identify with his post. I stopped using the Steroid cream and left my rash ALONE. Ice Packs really helped the problem for me. My Red man Syndrome is nearly healed competely! Thank you poster and thank you EARTH CLINIC! This rash can take a month to peak so be patient. Leave it alone, sun bathe and use ice packs. (My condition healed almost immediately after leaving it alone)

Replied by Gert
Someplace, In The South
My husband has had a rash since the tornadoes of 2011--we thought it was a reaction to that dust. He also got a lung infection, so dr put him on antibiotics--rash appeared then. So, onto steroids, rash got worse. He's tried every inhaler for copd, everything give him/exacerbates the rash. Pharmacist said redman syndrome. Poor guy, he's so miserable. Any suggestions? Oh, he won't take any supplements. Just won't. So, I have to prepare foods that will fix it, or lotions, etc. Thanks.
Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
I went to look and it said redman syndrome is from a reaction to a certain antibiotic and even children get it, causes a rash, chills, fever, pain , and redness around neck. It talked about high dose IV of Benadryl which is an anti histamine, that would stop an allergic response.

Maybe baking soda would help, it stops allergic reactions. I use to take it when I was freaking out from something I breathed or ate or touched.

Replied by Sp
Wb, Nj, USA
Hi Gert from Someplace, please go to and read about topical steroids and steroid inhalers and red skin syndrome. From your post it sounded like your husband's problem started before he used any steroids and the steroids made him worse. I hope he is not using any still. For some people they cause an eczema-like reaction and the only thing you can do is stop using them and allow your body to naturally detox and heal. If the antibiotics caused problems then look into probiotic foods - yogurt and fermented vegetables. Good luck!

Epsom Salts   1  0   

Posted by Colton (North Lauderdale, Florida) on 09/20/2008

[YEA]  i'm allergic to a plant down here and unknowingly got in contact with it. i broke out in a really nasty rash on my arm and neck. A trainer at my gym told me to use epsom salt. He said it'll dry it out and kill the bacteria in it. i did and my rash cleared up in a few days and gott noticably better after each treatment. Mind you i tried all kinds of creams and allergy pills that had no effect what so ever.

Ginger Root   1  0   

Posted by Markel (Springfield, Missouri) on 03/20/2007

[YEA]  I use ginger to prevent this horrific rash. I juice a pound of root into a couple dozen mini ice cubes and plop them into my teas, soups, sauces, stews, etc. I am curious that only the yellow ginger root works and not the brown ginger. Would appreciate feedback on the difference between the two types. I've had the rash for over ten years. Just discovered the ginger remedy over a year ago. I have appr. twenty pounds(pre-juice weight) of frozen ginger cubes in my freezer because I am such a strong believer in it's power to keep my horrific rash in check.

Goldenseal   1  0   

Posted by Twila (Alexandria, Virginia Usa) on 09/29/2009

[YEA]  My father had boils, i.e., cysts, appear on his arms for years. I found that Goldenseal Root is a GREAT herb with 'drawing' powers. I convinced him to try my paste, let it dry, then wash it off. Not only did the cyst go away fast, but has not returned! I have used Goldenseal Root to 'draw' infection out of cuts, sores, etc., and even cure athletes foot. You only need a small amount of the powder and a tiny amount of water. Stir into a paste quickly and spread it on the affected area. Let it dry. Rinse off. You have to be quick as it begins to work as soon as water hits it. Be careful, a tiny amount of water goes a long way! My mom had a rash on the back of her hand - all the prescription creams made it go away but as soon as she stopped using, the rash would reappear. Used the Goldenseal Root past method on the rash. It went away in 2 days and never returned.

Honey   1  0   

Posted by Tanya (Bellingham, WA) on 02/18/2007

[YEA]  Raw Honey for diaper rashes: my grandfather used to raise honey bees, and sell the honey. my mother used the raw honey on diaper rashes. it was all that ever touched the bums of my three younger sisters. she had a small container of it in the diaper bag, and some q-tips to apply it. i love telling people about this. they don't believe me, but a few have tried it.

Ice Pack   1  0   

Posted by Violetto (Atlanta, Ga, United States) on 07/06/2012

[YEA]  I've tried coconut oil and acv, none worked. Then I filled a bag with ice and placed it on where my rash appears. I did it when I was watching an hour long tv show. By the end of it, gone!

Itchy Rash on Foot Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Lori (Denver, CO) on 07/04/2014

[YEA]  I have an itchy rash on top of my foot for past few months. Initially I thought it was poison ivy but when it didn't go away, I researched on the net and decided maybe it was athlete's foot. I tried soaking my foot in a bleach and water solution every 3-4 days. Did not help. I then tried wiping turpentine on the rash twice a day after reading it was effective for fungal conditions. Unfortunately, the turpentine made the rash spread to the bottom of my foot! Finally I showed it to a friend who said it looked like psoriasis to him. I applied a coal tar formula from the pharmacy yesterday and the rash is disappearing in a few hours.

Joyce's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 02/10/2010

For all who are troubled with those dratted rashes - I can tell you that when faced with a patient with a rash of prolonged duration - how well I can remember what I thought when first viewing it "Oh how I wish I could have seen this before all the scratching and applying all the stuff that probably made it worse" because that does make trying to determine the cause more difficult.

For all of you who have a rash and wondering why: First ask yourself what have you been in contact with that may have caused it? This can be anything to bath soap, lotions, sun screens, cosmetics, plants such as poison ivy/oak/sumac. Where is it located? On areas that made contact with some specific substance or plant? Is it itching? Raised? flat? When in doubt as to what caused it, especially if it is generalized or all over - try the simplest thing first that doesn't add something else that might make it worse.

My simple solution to any unidentifiable rash is to put 2 or more cups of apple cider vinegar in a tub of warm bath water and using a l00% cotton wash cloth (no soaps, oils, lotions, etc.) take a relaxed leisurely bath. This removes all soaps or other things from the skin that might have caused it, it also helps to soothe itching, it restores the protective acid mantle that our skins are supposed to have. Something as simple as this can sometimes stop the problem & can be repeated several times per day if necessary.

If you are one of the unfortunate allergic people, you are probably very aware that rashes can be triggered by anything you are allergic to, including foods/drinks/medicines as well as direct contact to your skin. If you are in this category, you probably already have benadryl (diphenhydramine) or other antihistamine on hand for those occasions, and you are probably already well aware that if the rash is accompanied with difficulty breathing, severe nausea, rapid heart beats, etc. take the antihistamine first & head for the doctor second because severe anaphylactic reactions can be triggered by any of the above, including inhalant allergies (perfumes, colognes, aftershaves,hairsprays, paint odors, etc.). Always look for the obvious, instead of zebras, because that is more likely where the problem is.

I recall one little 2 or 3 year old girl brought in for a rash, off and on for several weeks, but mostly always on the same cheek. Fortunately daddy came along with mommy and his daughter. Observation otherwise wouldn't have helped much. First off, little girl was very comfortable and snuggled on daddy's shoulder. Aha, we have here a daddy's girl don't we? Mom and Dad both smiled & nodded yes. Next question was is this the arm she usually sits on and is she usually leaning on the same shoulder and snuggled against your same cheek? Again daddy smiled & nodded yes. My next action was to feel daddy's cheek and smell in the same direction. Of course I had already looked at the child's cheek initially which did not include a diagnosis written on it. Daddy's cheek felt as it looked, freshly clean shaven. It smelled of after shave or cologne. By now you have all probably seen the obvious here. I told Mom and Dad that the rash being on the same cheek and this being the usual position that put that cheek against daddy's cheek, that the rash would most likely be either a reaction to the product I smelled on his cheek or from the looks of it might be from daddy's stubble of beard when he snuggled with her when he wasn't freshly shaved or even a combination of both. We talked of leaving off the smelly stuff and using a buffer between daughter's cheek and daddy's to see if this solved the problem. If it didn't to bring her back in one week. Must have solved the problem since she didn't return.

An alternative doctor that I have a lot of respect for (Dr. Jonathan Wright) expressed an opinion that when you turn up with skin problems, look to the digestive tract, and I would think more along this line, especially in an older person with gastrointestinal complaints. His theory is that our stomachs become less efficient at producing hydrochloric acid to digest our foods and suggested a supplement to aid the digestion or increase the stomachs production of the needed acid. Logic tells me that since people who don't produce enough are often treated with B12 injections, a good B complex won't hurt anyone (there are some B12 products available now that are absorbed orally). When reduced production of hydrochloric acid is the problem, a couple drops of Lugol's solution or SSKI a day should aid the stomach to work properly also. Especially look for subtle vitamin and mineral deficiencies if you have cracks & lesions at the corners of your mouth. Some generalized rashes can accompany infections. The childhood diseases of rubeola, rubella, chicken pox, scarlet fever are the most common ones. Another one that comes to mind is the second stage generalized syphilis rash (one of the few that involves the palms) but the first stage syphilis chancre lesion usually sends one to the doctor for treatment before the second stage rash occurs.

Hope this helps some of you solve those rash problems. Remember to listen, to yourself and others, because the one with the rash is the one that can tell you anything they have changed recently before the rash started, anything they might have eaten, drank or were exposed to that might have triggered the offending rash.

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