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Chronic Itchy Red Scalp Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Melina (Las Vegas, Nv) on 12/11/2013

If you have time to answer this bless you, I am at my wits end due to something some might consider trivial.

Since July 2013 I have had a chronic red and itchy scalp. I am not sure if there is a correlation, but this began right after I had my first colonic which was a terribly horrible and painful experience (I stopped the procedure and never went back).

My symptoms are redness, non-stop itching (I never itch though fearing infection, I just tap on my scalp) mild pain at times and light flaking (not really visible less you were looking at my scalp). I feel like I have been shedding more but I can't really tell as I never paid this kind of attention to my hair prior to July. I would say I lose around 70-100 hairs per day, with mid back length hair so this seems like it might be normal? I am 32 and very much into exercise, while I eat while it is neither organic nor daily/gluten free. Also, while I feel this on my whole head, it seems to concentrate more in my crown.

I have seen two derms and they both said seb derm. The second doctor did a biopsy and it came up negative for fungus but showing spongiosis, parakeratosis, exocytosis of lymphocytes and superficial perivascular lymphocytic infiltrate. Even with the diagnosis, I took a 3 day course of oral ketoconazole and it did nothing less make me feel ill. I have tried natural remedies (aloe, tea tree, acv, jojoba oil, coconut oil), not so natural remedies (i.e. dandruff shampoos) and nothing has stopped this. When I use any type of irritant (dandruff shampoos or even tea tree) I shed much more hair going from the amount listed above (70-100) to 150+/day, thus I try and stick with mild, non sulfate poos. I do have to wash daily though or the itching gets worse.

Any ideas? I am so desperate for something.

Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Melina from Las Vegas:

Sorry to hear your overwhelming problem. It is most likely mite infestation. Your description exactly fits what happened to me years ago to take years to rectify. I did not really know what to do, which I do now through EC posters, thank God. I now have had my head shaved and only then were visible three mite nests, round white spots.

I am using Ted's mange remedy daily as well as MMS and colloidal silver. Then I use moisturizer to balance the drying effect. MMS really attacked them in my face especially which brought on a burning itch like scabies which it isn't but it was mainly in and around the eyes, nose and jaw. This had not been visible. The delicate skin around the eyes became like paper but through moisturizing it is now as good as new. MMS can be sprayed into nose, eyes and ears which is invaluable. Borax is wonderful for skin and hair in combination with Dr. Bronner's lavender kastile shampoo, left on to dry. In between, especially at night, colloidal silver on a cotton ball works very well. It is always worse at night. It feels like a slight tickling and nothing is visible.

I have studied EC's site for hours and came up with these remedies and they work. The follow up will take as long as needed. I have stopped using pillows. I had very healthy hair but I used someone else's pillow and they jumped from there and disappeared in my face. Slowly but surely all that beauty disappeared and finally even produced rosacea. I have no more redness due to colloidal silver and the other remedies. I am indebted to Ted, God bless him, for his selfless assistance which also my pets are benefitting from very well indeed. Ted's instructions are very precise and repeated many times. One must take the time and read over and make notes till it becomes clear enough to follow rules. Many posts on EC are with questions which Ted has already answered.

I wish you good luck and "this, too, shall pass". Love Om

Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Melina, I just want to add to your comment on colonics. Long time ago I tried this and had the same awful, painful experience. The Ayurvedic system of eastern medicine states that colonics are not good for the body and use enemas (basti) instead. Om
Posted by Melina
Las Vegas, Nv
I forgot I wrote this until I was searching again and saw my name came up.

So I ended up doing a round of Bactrim and this made all my scalp pain/shedding disappear. While the shedding stayed down, about 2 weeks post antibiotics, the pain/itch comes right back. Again, there are no visible signs less a slight pink hue.

I also tried CS both internally and externally and it doesn't seem to do anything. Upon application with either aloe or lotion as a carrier, my shedding goes from 40-50 hairs to 200+ hairs (this just happened today).

Any ideas on why Bactrim would work and/or CS would cause this reaction? Do you still think this is a mite infestation? After my first round of bactrim my entire top layer of scalp skin shed off and I was able to wash my hair with no pain - I cried. Of course, it came back. I did a test for staph colonization and came up negative.

Posted by June
West Palm Beach, US
Dear Melina,

I read a post on Earth Clinic last week where she cured her perioral dermatitis after switching to shampoos and hair styling products that do not contain wheat (most of them do). Have you tried that? If not, maybe that would help. Another thing that comes to mind is that maybe you have a severe iodine deficiency.

Posted by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas
You may want to investigate that you have a bacterial infection (because your condition responded to the antibiotic) that is overlying a fungal infection, probably malassezia. The fungus makes the skin itchy and scratching it introduces bacteria into the open skin.

So if this is the problem, solving the fungal infection would be your best bet. Coconut oil, baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar may help.

Posted by Melina
Las Vegas, Nv
Per my biopsy they showed no evidence of fungus and I have never responded to any anti-fungal treatments (I went so far as to take oral Ketoconazole in addition to using it topically).

Thus far I have tried: Ketoconazole (internal and external), topical steroids, aloe, collodial silver (internal and external), ACV, listerine, borax, all OTC dandruff shampoos, Zeal dandruff shampoo, Jason's Dandruff shampoo, tea tree oil, conditioner washes, washing with only baking soda and ACV, liver cleanse, and bactrim. I have had all hormones, blood work and even a stool sample done with the only abnormality being a low-normal white blood cell count and high B vitamin levels. I do not supplement with b-vits. Aside from my scalp I feel great and live a very active lifestyle with no other skin problems. I also went gluten free many months ago as one more thing to try.

As mentioned, the only thing that ever gave me relief was topical steroids (sub par but it was something) and the Bactrim was amazing. I am thinking I want to do another round of bactrim and see if I can do maintenance dosing while healing my scalp (using aloe or err looking into other options). Not sure if this is best? I feel the bacteria causes low grade inflammation, while the bacteria is getting killed the skin is not healing thus it's just coming back. Does this sound reasonable? Also someone suggested I may be reacting positively to the sulfur in the bactrim and to take MSM.

Thank you thank you for all your help. This has been such a battle for me with time, effort, doctors and money (as many of you understand).

Posted by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas
Melina, the Bactrim sounds like a good lead into figuring out what's wrong--obviously something bacterial.

The sulphur in the MSM sounds like a good idea and you could also try some kind of iodine rinse.

You may also want to investigate the low white blood cell count. If your immune system is not working right, microbes that would normally get killed will be able to get a foot hold. The vitamin B in your blood may be a sign that they are mobilizing for defense more than there being an oversupply. Zinc and the B s are good for skin and immune function.

Best of luck with finding your answer!

Posted by Rico
3 Posts
Melina, If you haven't already, I encourage you to go back to your doctor for more Bactrim. The fact that an antibiotic cleared up your scalp indicates an unidentified bacterial skin infection, especially since so many antifungal agents have failed. You may need to continue the Bactrim for a couple weeks beyond the point that your scalp seems "normal" to ensure that it has been eradicated. Undertreating it just ensures that the tougher bugs remain and become harder to kill later.

A caveat: If the scalp infection is just a secondary issue of a different condition, then the scalp infection could keep recurring regardless of how many times you take Bactrim.

I also encourage you to explore the low normal white blood cell count further. It suggests a somewhat suppressed immune system. Doctors generally ignore a low normal because it's still "normal." I had a low normal IgG, IgM, and white blood cell counts when I was remarkably sick, and was later diagnosed with three different chronic tick borne infections, all of which are known to be immunosuppressive.

High B vitamin levels might indicate that your body isn't absorbing them for some reason. I've recently learned that my own hair loss and skin issues are directly related to inadequate B-vitamins, especially Biotin. I have been on long term antibiotics, some of which kill the gut bacteria that produce the B-vitamins.

I switched to a different antibiotic, increased my probiotic intake, started taking 5-10g of Biotin a day, and put an antifungal cream on the flaky red spots on my face near my hair line (2-3x/day for a month and it's still not quite gone).

So far, my scalp and skin issues have greatly improved, but I still have some redness, itching, and hair loss at my crown. I am going to try some of the remedies here to see if they help (specifically Borax and Apple Cider Vinegar - I have them both in the house already).

I think that your white blood cell count, scalp infection, and off balance B vitamin levels are subtle clues to some underlying issue in your body that could lead to more serious problems later. Since vitamin levels, body chemistry, and the immune system are so intertwined with gut health, I encourage you to find a good naturopath or even nutritionist who can explore other possibilities for you, such as Ph levels, celiac disease testing (you could think you're gluten free, but could still be consuming small amounts that you don't realize), food intolerances or allergies, low intrinsic factor,

Also, check out this quick description of why Sulfa drugs are not the same as sulfur.

I hope you find an answer soon!

Posted by Rico
Ca, US
3 Posts
Melina - I forgot to mention, you may also want to ask your doctor to run some tests on your liver, as well as on your red blood cell levels. High Vitamin B levels can indicate liver disease or a bone marrow issue.

I don't mean to be describing scary scenarious, but I always believe it's better to catch something early rather than waiting until it gets bad. While unlikely, it is possible that you could be in the earlier stages of a liver or blood disease that hasn't fully shown itself yet. Liver disease in particular can trigger some strange symptoms elsewhere in the body.

I once knew of a kid who had a persistent and unpleasant body odor, regardless of how often he bathed or what he ate. Otherwise, he seemed normal. Eventually, a new doctor discovered that he had a liver condition. The kid had had it for years with only the strange body odor as a symptom. Go figure!

Posted by Mary
Saskchewan, CA
Why don't you try MMS? It helps me soooo much with so many things!!! It is 100 times stronger and more effective than any antibiotic and bugs cannot become immune to it.

Coconut Oil   2  1   

Posted by Ali (Sumter, Sc) on 08/18/2010

I'm searching for an exact measurement of a solution to cure my scalp infection/odor. It started after leaving coconut oil on my scalp overnight which seemed to have fueled a fungus that may have already been present. I'm currently taking "fungal defense" by garden of life (2 pills, 3x daily), and drink 3 large glasses of lemon water(one fresh squeezed lemon in 24 oz of water). I've cut sugar and fruit to almost non-existent in my diet. An exact measurement of a solution to cure this scalp odor, itching, redness, and hairloss is needed. Hairloss is an overall even thinning. If you could include how much water(not "parts"), how often to apply, how long and how often to leave on scalp, and exactly how to apply (I have long curly hair) would be greatly appreciated. This scalp odor has greatly affected me and is beginning to be a source of depression. Please HELP! Thank you!

Posted by Shaun
York, Uk
25 Posts
Borax (dissolved in Apple Cider Vinegar) is good for getting rid of/controlling fungus generally, but I have found that a 1/4 cup of washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) dissolved in a pint of water, and rinsed thoroughly through the hair a couple of times a week, completely cleared up any scalp/hair odor. Basically, the washing soda seemed to work better for eradicating bacteria than fungus. I now routinely put washing soda (and occasionally borax and/or sodium bicarbonate) in the bath. A quick rinse with ACV afterwards will bring back a lustrous shine to the hair. A whole lemon juice rinse also can help the hair/scalp.

Posted by Chu (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 03/19/2007

[YEA]  hi, i haven't seen a remedy for smelly scalp, i use to have a foul smelling scalp, even though i showered everyday, i tried all kinds of shampoo, but the one thing that cured me of this embarrassing condition was applying virgin coconut oil to my scalp for an hour, i think it disappeared after two applications. i hope this helps others who suffer from this condition.

Posted by Atang
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
3 Posts
[NAY]   I tried the coconut oil for scalp odor and it just seemed to make it worse. I've been suffering since January, and would describe the smell as very bad. I would wash my hair in the morning and 3 hours later it already stunk! by the end of the day it was unbearable. I tried the following: coconut oil, pumpkin seed oil, ACV, medicated shampoo, all sorts of hair products, rubbing MSM in my scalp (for sulphur), hydrogen peroxide, yoghurt, white vinegar, borax. Finally in the past few weeks I've been making progess- I bought grapefruit seed extract and bergamot essence oil. this helped alot but not 100%. I then bought CITRONELLA oil at the pharmacy- success! I think it should also be available at health stores in the oil/essences section. Rub it in every night for 3 nights (do it over the weekend or when you won't be going out bcos it smells quite strong, not bad just strong). wash it out in the morning. This did the trick. I was able to go a week without washing my hair and there still was ZERO odor!! hope this helps someone because this smelly scalp is very debilitating socially.
Posted by Elsie
Chicago, Illinois, Usa
Atang, I have scalp odor, too, and have tried everything. I am going to get the citronella oil today, but can you tell me what your odor smelled like? Mine is yeasty/cheesy (sorry if that's TMI! ). Just thinking that the type of odor might be an indication of the cause. Thank you!
Posted by Teresa
Seattle, Wa
[YEA]   It may not be so "natural, " but regular antibacterial liquid soap cured my scalp odor.
Posted by Shaun
York, Uk
25 Posts
Just wash your hair with sodium carbonate (washing soda). It will clear up any odour ASAP!
Posted by Atang
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
3 Posts
To Elsie from Chicago, Illinois, Usa. I had different smells- the smell was yeasty and muggy if I hadnt washed my hair in at least 2 days and it was sharp/pungent if I had washed my hair that morning. I was also confused as to whether it was a fungal or bacterial infection. I still don't know. Another thing that helped tremendously was washing the hair LESS, weird I know. I think that because of the odor I was washing my hair too much, this was drying my scalp causing my scalp to overproduce oil. The fungus/bacteria then fed off this excess oil causing more odor so it was all one vicious cycle. I made myself wash my hair every 7 days (as opposed to everyday like before) and I found that on the 2nd and 3rd day I might have some odor but after that nothing. A side note: I have coarse African hair that doesn't need to be washed so often, I'm not sure how this would work on other types of hair.
Posted by Joe
Oswego, Il
Are you sure your using Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and not Organic Coconut Oil? The latter is refined and I had problems with this kind on my scalp.
Posted by Coregon
Medford, Or
28 Posts
My friend's 7 year old daughter had smelly scalp and she tried everything (shampoos, etc.), but nothing helped. I suggested she take her to my acupuncturist. She did and the acupuncturist tested her daughter for food allergy and determined it was MILK that was causing the scalp odor. She took her daughter off dairy and within a week all odor was gone and didn't return.

Coconut Oil, Flower Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Pahoboye (Durham, England) on 01/21/2010

[YEA]  itchy scalp

i recently developed an intensly itchy dry scalp...and i been rubbing coconut oil in...but that did not help.... so i tried... a jar of five flower cream..i have sitting for years now.... and its all gone today...i feel great...i was going crazy yesterday... it took 2 days of rubbing it in each time it was unbearable... just a thought... not an advert!

EC: For those who don't know, five flower cream refers to the Bach Flower "Rescue Remedy"

Corn Meal   0  0   

Posted by Piper (Toronto, On) on 09/18/2010

I had a very itch scalp. I ruled out dandruff and lice. No bumps, or sores, just an itchy scalp all the time. After reading online, I thought it might be fungal. Tried several things but found this provided relief- cornmeal. First tried a paste of cornmeal and water. Applied to my hair and then rinsed in the bath. Over the day, I stood in the tub and poured the corn meal water over my hair (3 times). Now I just add cornmeal to a bath. About 1/4 to 1/3 cup.

Epsom Salts and Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by Joyce (Joelton) on 11/09/2007

[YEA]  Epsom salts will pull out infection from wounds. I mixed it about 1/2 cup to 1 quart of hot water. Submerge infected area in solution 4 times a day. If unable to submerge area, just use washcloth to dip in solution and apply over infected are (hot compress method) 4 times a day. I have seen this cure infection after red streak was running up arm (indicative of blood poisoning). No antibiotics were needed. I have many times bathed in 1-2 cups epsom salts in hot bath when muscles or nerves said "help".You really feel relaxed. I have used a saturated solution of ACV - epsom salts to clear up deep infected ulcers in scalp; No antibiotics were needed. Swab ulcers.

Grapefruit Seed Extract   1  0   

Posted by Mike (Wellfleet, MA) on 12/25/2008

[YEA]  I had recurring problems with scalp fungus. It wasn't too bad in summer, when I was out in the sun and swimming in salt water, but come late fall and winter I would get large pieces of scalp flaking off and my hair would be greasy. My hair was thinning out and my scalp was itchy.

I tried GSE (grapefruit seed extract) by putting a few drops in my shampoo. I mixed them together in the palm of my hand each time I shampooed, which was every other day.I left the lather in for two minutes or so. The results were immediate, now I just have a slight touch of dandruff, no itch and my hair seems to be getting a little thicker. My hair and scalp definitely look better as well.

Iodine Rinse   1  0   

Posted by Kate (Maidenhead, Berkshire, England) on 01/16/2012

[YEA]  I've had an itchy scalp for over a year, lost over 3/4 of my hair. I've been through all the meds the recommendations offered by everyone, don't think there is anything I haven't tried.

Well anyhow, this is what worked for me and it may or may not work for you: In a plastic container add a quarter teaspoon of tincture of iodine (the brown liquid) and about a quarter cup of warm water, mix. Daily during your shower, wash hair with cool water without any shampoo or conditioner, then apply this mixture as a final rinse, whilst ensuring none of it gets in to the eyes. Immediately wrap a clean towel to the hair. Leave hair to dry naturally and before you know the hair feels softer and manageable - the plus factor 'No Itching".... Hurrah! I also use this mixture for my final rinse after my weekly shampoo and conditioner application. Initally I used this mixture for 4 days, had a break for a couple of days, the itching returned with a vengence. Good luck. Kate

Posted by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland
900 Posts
Hi Kate, my scalp doesn't itch normally speaking but I am interested in this rinse to make my hair feel softer without using a commercial rinse! Did you come up with the idea yourself or did you base it on some known method?
Posted by Kate
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Hi Francisca, I came up with this remedy myself. Initially I used to pour the iodine in a bowl and apply it to my scalp with my fingertips. As my hair roots were weak due to the fungus or whatever was causing the itching the iodine strength was too strong. I thought of the idea of diluting the iodine which has seemingly worked. I also steam my hair once a day to get rid of the calcium deposits. I wish you the best and hope something will help you with your hair. Good Luck.

Multiple Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Kelly (North Carolina) on 02/28/2014

Hi Ted. my hair started coming out by the handful. now my scalp is itchy, flaky and smelly. It smells like sweat and dirt, a few days after I have washed it. Sometimes if feels like pins and needle pain, sometimes it feels like something is crawling on my scalp and sometimes it is painful. I also have tiny bumps I my hair and I am getting these pimple looking bumps on my body. I have tried the tea tree oil. colloidal silver, drinking borax water, Apple Cider Vinegar and rinsing with peroxide. Antibiotics helped for a bit, but when I stopped taking them, it got worse. I have washed my hair with t-gel and selenium sulfite. This has been going on for years. I have bald spots, thin spots and broken hair. Thank goodness I had super thick hair, or I would be completely bald by now.

Posted by Judy J
Yakima, Wa
[YEA]   I had the same problem itchy dry scalp stop using shampoo the only shampoo you should use is free and clear shampoo and conditioner they have no harmfull stuff in it. I also had to change my diet as I was allergic to everything so I eat fruit vegys and meat. Great weight loss came with it also. I take a bath at night with baking soda and epson salt dunk my head a few times and let it dry in the am I rinse it out and use free and clear conditioner put a cap on and a towel for a 1/2 hr or so rinse out good I now have no dry itchy scalp. I have made shampoo also 1/2 c water 1/4 c liquid castile soap 2 tsp avocado oil 1 tesp vegetable glycerin 10 drops each peppermint oil tea tree oil jojoba oil rosemary oil and lavender oil. I have a dropper bottle I mix avocado oil and all those oils about 10 drops to it shake it and rub in the most itchiest spots hope this helps. I also notice my hair loss I got short little hairs growing back finally I thaught I was going bald.

Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 12/11/2010

I have had problems with my hair on and off for approx 20 years and I have just recently gotten it under control. I have started taking a formula made with Lactated Pepsin, Black Snake Root Extract, Essence of Wild Ginseng, Atomic Iodine, Extract of Liver, and Grain Alcohol. You can look that up and get it! I also use Pennsylvania crude oil and Vaseline on my scalp; I rub it in and then I use a small vibrator with a cup attachment for 20-30 minutes. I use this approx 3x a month. I also use Listerine on my scalp after I wash my hair, which I wash with an Olive Oil based shampoo and conditioner. I use Listerine about 1x per month. However, it will not hurt you to use it more! When I haven't drank any alcohol, I use the "Violet Ray" machine on my scalp for 2-3 minutes whenever I feel the need to use it. It may sound like a lot, and maybe it is, but I have done it for so long, it is second nature, the only thing I added recently was the formula.

Nail Polish, Prescription   1  0   

Posted by M@d X (Brooklyn, New York) on 11/06/2009

[YEA]  Tinea Capitis (Cure !!!)

this should be curable for ANY and EVERYONE who is suffering '' Tinea Capitis '' .... i had to deal with the infection for almost a year until i tried 2 things

1. '' CLEAR NAIL POLISH '' this is the main remedy
(as far as to MAKE THE HAIR GROW BACK) , apply either at night everynight and the next morning PEEL or SCRAPE the polish off (yes it may hurt) and u should start noticing hair growing back little by little within 3 days .... for FULL spot treatment it will take either a month or two depending on how often u use polish .... 2 coats a day should be faster
BUT you need to use remedy #2 1st for a month ,#2 below

2.because tinea capitis is a fungal infection UNDER your scalp the polish aides for the hair growth but as far as KILLING THE FUNGUS SPREAD u need to get a presciption pill called '' Grifulvin '' and u need to take one a day for a month BEFORE U START USING THE POLISH , you need to at least stop the fungus from living PERIOD (this pill has a dozen side effects one mainly being migraines ALL DAY so just try to withstand them all) .... try this out it worked for me i suffered with TC for a year .... my nightmare is OVER .... and so should yours .... god bless

Posted by Coregon
Medford, Or
28 Posts
I would hesitate to use a dangerous combination of chemicals (nail polish) on the scalp when it is so close to the brain. For the same reason that many won't use commercial shampoos with chemicals, I believe nail polish on scalp should be avoided. I believe the same applies to prescription anti fungal creams on the scalp. Of course these products will be absorbed by the body.. The skin transports to the body whatever we apply to it. (see below) I've used white vinegar/distilled water (50/50) to very effectively clear up scalp. (pour on as final rinse in shower, or use with q-tips on sore spots) White iodine combined with vodka for hair growth.

"(NaturalNews) Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a chemical used to keep nail polish from chipping, has been connected to cancer in lab animals as well as long-term fertility issues in newborn boys -- leaving the cosmetics industry in a heavy debate over whether to continue use of the ingredient. Environmental groups are calling for a ban on DBP in the United States, and some big name companies such as Estee Lauder have preemptively removed the chemical from their products, but other brands such as OPI, Essie and Sally Hansen continue to use it. While the FDA must approve nail polishes before they can be sold, there are no laws that require companies to prove their products are safe first.

Posted by Lookingforcure
Alpharetta, Ga
To Coregan: how much iodine and vodka do you use and how often?

Over the Counter   1  0   

Posted by User5293 (Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines) on 06/09/2012

[YEA]  Good day! This post is about the treatment of human demodex on scalp, first, I would like to tell you guys my story on having human demodex, several months ago I have had these redness and itchiness in my scalp accompanied by a foul odor, the condition threatened me enough so I scheduled a visit to a dermatologist immediately to prevent it from getting worse, the she told me it was human demodex caused by mites. I then asked for a treatment, cure or remedy for it, she gave me both these Shampoo D'modex and Hair n Scalp conditioner, they are to be used together for best results, both of them are used to eliminate the mites. After a few days, I already noticed obvious improvements, the foul odor was gone immediately, the itchiness and redness lessened. I hope this post would help people in the future for treatment of human demodex. Thank you!

Remedies Needed   2  0   

Posted by Kelly (North Carolina) on 03/17/2014

Scalp fungus?

This is a repost. I need help...

Hi Ted. my hair started coming out by the handful. now my scalp is itchy, flaky and smelly. It smells like sweat and dirt, a few days after I have washed it. Sometimes if feels like pins and needle pain, sometimes it feels like something is crawling on my scalp and sometimes it is painful. I also have tiny bumps I my hair and I am getting these pimple looking bumps on my body. I have tried the tea tree oil. colloidal silver, drinking borax water, Apple Cider Vinegar and rinsing with peroxide. Antibiotics helped for a bit, but when I stopped taking them, it got worse. I have washed my hair with t-gel and selenium sulfite. This has been going on for years. I have bald spots, thin spots and broken hair.

Posted by Man
Sojouring America
22 Posts
Have you tried DMSO? I didn't see DMSO on that list. I'm a big fan of DMSO. I didn't see Cayenne pepper, and neither did I see Turmeric and Extra virgin olive oil. Coconut oil has properties that may help you too.
Posted by Kt
336 Posts
Hi Kelly, Being careful not to scratch your scalp with your fingernails when you wash your hair could be a good start. It may take some time to heal IF this is what has happened. Use the pads of your fingertips.
Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
Try borax with hydrogen peroxide 1% as to wash the hair. It appears to a mange like conditions caused by demodectic mites under the skin. Must be done everyday for at least a week. Ted
Posted by Kelly
I don't know what DSMO is, but I have used coconut oil mixed with tea tree oil, on my scalp and I use regular coconut oil on my skin. I have tried turmeric, and olive oil, mixed with tea tree oil and lavender oil.
Posted by Kelly
Thanks, Ted. I have tried washing with borax and I have sprayed my hair with peroxide, but I have never tried it together.
Posted by Delfina
What is the ratio to mix water, borax and hydrogen peroxide? Thank you for the information.

Posted by Georgette (Florida) on 12/31/2013

I had head lice back in July, used many different products to get rid of these critters, finally in Ocotber they were gone, since then my scalp has been burning, itching. I noticed on the hair shafts close to the scalp I have build up sebum and now my scalp is all white and feels tight and dry. I have been to several dermatolist, one said it was soberrheic dermatitis another said I had some folliculitus. I have tried many different over the counter remedies, Selsum blue, Nuetrgena T/Gel, Ketozone, Head and Shoulders, nothing seems to take the itch away or the white film on my scalp, there is not flaking. Also I have used tropical steriods from the dermatologist.

Posted by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
715 Posts
Dear Georgette,

Well, I am sorry you have had so much trouble with this!

There are a lot of natural things you can try. I think the first thing I would try would be a mixture of castor oil and extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil. Mix equal parts together. Carefully massage it into your scalp and cover with a shower cap and towel and leave in a couple of hours or overnight. Be careful not to tangle the hair. You can coat all the hair, but especially the scalp. The castor oil and coconut oil are both gentle and nourishing to the skin of the scalp. After 2 hours, or the next day, wash hair. (Probably twice.) You could do this every few days or once a week.

Try to find a way to clean your hair as gently as possible. Maybe just use baking soda to wash. (Lots of posts about it on Earth Clinic.) This might not be enough though to get the castor/coconut oil out of your hair.

Also, you can take 4 capsules of turmeric twice a day. Take it with a glass of water. Turmeric is great for inflammation and for skin conditions (and lots of other stuff, too! ) It may sound strange that something internal would help your scalp, but I have seen turmeric do amazing things for skin inflammations in my family.

Let us know how it goes. I hope you are completely cured soon.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Nenny (Las Vagas, Usa) on 11/30/2012

pls I ve bin having scalp infection due fungi 4 five yrs now, at first I started having pain scalp, after sometime inflamation like tiny but very painful rashes coming out from scalp and now it has affected neck cos. I just noticed swelling on the left side of neck which is known as lymph node. pls what remedy should use scalp cos am in pain right now.

Posted by Neissha
El Paso, Tx
I contracted Collembola in my scalp and want ways to rid my self of the pestilence and fungus

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