Scalp Infection Cures

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Posted by Carrie (Bailey, Nc) on 08/15/2012

I have bumps on my scalp, now they have spread to my neck, back, upper arms and tummy. I have tried a lot of things mainly perscriptions. Nothing worked. The shampoo they prescribed made my hair fall out. Though, my hair is thinning out due to this scalp issue. Please tell me what I need to use to cure all of this and how long to use it for. Also, how long does it take to kill the infection completely? Please email this to me also. Thanks!

Posted by Carrie
Bailey, Nc
08/15/2012
How long will it take to get an answer? I have been dealing with this for about 6 mths. now.
Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
08/15/2012
704 Posts
Hi Carrie, Basically, what you have is severe candida. This is why it is spreading from your scalp to other parts of your body. It's source is internal. You have what is referred to as systemic candida. The worst thing you could do is take antibiotics which only help this condition to strengthen and often are the cause to begin this condition because they kill off the good bacteria in the gut which keep the candida, which we all have, in its proper place (the gut) and keep it from getting out of hand. When the balance of the inner ecology is thrown off the candida runs amuck and wreaks havoc on the system. It's symptoms are many and most doctors don't even acknowledge it! Instead, they treat the isolated condition with antibiotics exacerbating the whole problem. The symptoms are a whole laundry list that candida can be the root cause of.

To begin, you must change your diet to help the body. There is much on this site regarding this and protocols that can be followed. I have given protocols to follow many times on EC so I will not re-iterate but you can do a search and find them. Bill of Luzon, Philippines has done so as well. Start taking a strong probiotic and in addition, begin adding in fermented foods/ drinks such as real sauerkraut and/ or real pickles found only in the refrigerated section. For sure, you could find them at your health food store. It is imperative you begin cleaning up your inner ecosystem! Eliminate all processed food, flour products and sugar immediately.

I hope this beginning can help you. Again, do a search on candida and you will find lots of info. Best to you, Lisa

Posted by Carrie
Bailey, Nc
08/16/2012
7 Posts
I'm sorry but it is not systemic candida. My blood was drawn today along with 2 biopsies on my back for this rash. Doctor states that he thinks it is hormonal or thyroid but I know that it's neither. Both had been checked recently by my OB/GYN and my immunolgist.
Posted by Carrie
Bailey, Nc
08/16/2012
7 Posts
It is not candida. It is also not my thyroid or hormonal. Waiting for lab work to come back and biopsies of the rash. It will take about 2 weeks. The doctor told me to use dandruff shampoo to wash with but I see it like this, if it didn't work using it on the rash then what good will it do to use on my whole body. He also said he thinks it's horminal or thyroid but I know that's not the case. My OB/GYN checked hormones within the last 6 mths. And my immunologist checked my thyroid a few mths. ago. This dermitologist should just state that he is not sure and wait for the blood work and biopsies of the rash to come back. Until then, I really don't know what I can do. It's driving me batty!
Posted by Reader Of Ec
Los Angeles, Ca
08/16/2012
Im not so sure your condition is Candida as the previous post suggests. Though investigating the cause as bacterial, viral or as a mite infestation are logical possibilities that must be investigated.

Do you have pets? Are they experiencing more itching/scratching than usual. Recently visited someone with animals? Do you itch more so at night? This would indicate a mite presence. Sulfur soap and shampoo will help. Sulfur is very drying to the skin so test to see how your skin reacts 1st before using. The drying action kills mites.

In the event your condition is a mite infestation, one must consider all clothing, bedding, car and house seating a source of constant perpetuation of the condition unless, sanitiezed, cloths/bedding changed every day, laundered in extremely hot temperatures and Borox added to the wash.

Sulfur soaps and creams are also good remedies for bacterial and viral skin infections. They have been used for thousands of years.

Something is causing an inflammation response on your skin. Keep in mind that what ever solution you may try on your skin natural or pharmaceutical, may also trigger an immune response. It does not mean medicated creams or lotions, sulfur soaps are not working but that your skin is reacting to all foreign substances it deems a threat.

Lavender oil mixed with coconut oil is also very healing for viral and bacterial infections. If your skin is just too inflamed to do any topical remedies, I would recommend getting a juicer and juicing 3 times a day 10 organic carrots, one whole green apple (seeds and all) and one whole lemon, seeds, peel and all. You are getting live enzymes, thousands of times of vitamin C daily requirement, a few thousand times the vitamin A of daily required values to aid in the healing and reduction in inflammation of the skin. Do this for 21 days no matter how tiring it gets.

If bacterial or viral you will see your skin improve from the inside out and the texture and color will be visibly healthy.

If a mite infestation, take a look at the section on this site for help.

Posted by Carrie
Bailey, Nc
08/16/2012
7 Posts
I do have pets but they are always well bathed. They are not scratching or anything like that. I have dogs only. My rash is not itchy at all. It's gross to say but it is crusty. I will try the lavender and cocnut oil. Thank you for that advice. Seems like doctors just do not take the time to really look for the problem.
Posted by Janet
Kendal, U.K
08/17/2012
33 Posts
This sounds very much a fungal problem, often occurs in warm, moist areas. A friend of mine developed something similar on her feet. We washed them in anbacterial soap, one that is sold for handwashing. Just one time and it, s gone already.

Your sounds like cradle cap, common in babies. ACV in your rinsing water would also help I, m sure. Good Luck.

Posted by Reader Of EC
Los Angeles, Ca
08/17/2012
Glad to hear its not itchy. Try the sulfur soap to see if that works. Remember its very drying so use good lotion after showering. If it is a fungus or bacteria try to sit in the sun with the affected areas exposed for 20 mins every day. By the 3rd day you should see results.

My best friend had a skin issue that cleared up with sunlight. Her insurance refused to pay for medical UV treatments recammended by her doc.

I read on this site that a few people had similar skin issues that cleared up after swimming in the ocean for a few days.

Posted by Carrie
Bailey, NC
08/17/2012
7 Posts
I get a good amount of sunlight every day. I take vitamins daily and also 50,000 units of vitamin D every 2 weeks due to a mild form of Cystic Fibrosis. (I have a CF Gene and an SP Variant) I also take B-12 everyday in addition to the rest. I am now trying the ACV, it doesn't burn but it stinks reallly bad. Lol... I cannot take things internally due to my 2 heart conditions. It don't take much to trigger the one heart condition that I have which is Long QT Syndrome. All I can do is topical. Where can I get sulfur soap? I seen where some people on here stated that he had to be presrcibed due to mixture.
Posted by Tracy
San Augustine, Texas
08/19/2012
5 Posts
Fresh whey is also good for removing scalp infection, especially that known as "cradle cap". Whey is the liquid separated from the curds in milk when making cheese. You should be able to buy whey at a health food store or from a dairy if there is one in your area. Just apply the whey like you would your shampoo. Leave on overnight if you can, wearing a showercap to bed.
Posted by Kay
Destin, Fl
09/02/2012
28 Posts
Re: SULPHUR SHAMPOO & Soap: Can anyone reccomend any brands of shampoo (available in the USA) with sulphur; and where I might find it?

After trying most everything else, I am having some notable success with Mexican made sulphur soap on scalp & skin infection; but the soap leaves an unmanagable sticky/murky residue on my hair. I am also not able to find sulphur soap in the USA (my old bar is from Mexico and almost gone). Any help greatly appreciated!

Good Health & Blessings to All contributors here!

Posted by Lou
Tyler, Tx
10/09/2012
164 Posts
Try onion juice. Apply gently with a Q-Tip. Then put on a disposable shower cap (from the dollar store). Leave on 1/2 hour. Shampoo with tea tree oil shampoo. Condition with tea tree oil conditioner.
Posted by Francis
New Castle, Pennsylvania
03/14/2013
Carrie, from your description of bumps on the neck, back and upper arms it sounds like keratosis pilaris and perhaps actinic pilaris on the scalp. Keratin deposits build up under the skin. They are not pus filled, but filled with a hard white keratin substance. On your head, you may have grain like particles. The keratin builds up at the base of the hair follicle and blocks it from blood supply and nutrients. The hair becomes very dry. For the scalp lactic acid or uric acid desolve the build up. Though sometimes can dry the hair even more. As disgusting as it sounds, urine will disolve the build up, and damage the hair less. Morning urine is best. Pour on scalp; let stand for 1/2 hour before washing. Your scalp will improve quickly. Once a week until the problem is resolved. On your neck and shoulders--gently exfoliate follow by moisturizing. These steps will treat the symptoms and restore the balance. To treat the core problem, check your alkalinity. Your body may be too acidic. Adjust your diet to a more alkaline diet. Also consider going gluten free. Since most wheat is genetically modified it contains much larger amounts of gluten than in the past. It binds to the cilli of the small intestines and flattens them out, creating a barrier that makes it difficult to absorb the vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy hair. The remedies should show results within weeks; the gluten free diet may take six weeks before the situation is improved with absorption. Alkalinity can be tested with ph strips, either testing the inside of your mouth or your urine. Goo luck. Wish you the best
Posted by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
03/19/2013
215 Posts
I have two suggestions: vinegar, and coconut oil. Don't use them together but do this. Wet hair, and before normal shampoo and conditioning, pour 1 cup of white vinegar (I suppose you could use ACV but I use white vinegar for my scalp health and hair shine) over your head under a running shower. Keep eyes closed til vinegar is confidently rinsed out. You'll know because the whiff will be largely gone. A few days later, if no improvement, try a coconut oil scalp mask. Cover your scalp in organic coconut oil, and leave it for 20-30 minutes. It will take some effort (and hot water) to rinse it out, but coconut oil works wonders on infections and dandruff, etc. Alternate these every few days if needed.
Posted by Bili
Toronto
07/27/2014
Years ago, I used ACV for the dandruff, rubbing in the scalp and leave it for 30 min before the shower.

Lately, I have been noticing hair loss patches, and decided to apply castor oil on the scalp, and cover with shower cap for 1hour, which was OK for hair loss.

Since my hair also got dull and dry, no dandruff though, I remembered using ACV and applied it now after the castor oil, and left it there for 30 mins before shower. Soaking scalp in ACV helped greatly shower hair and rinsing the oil out. Easy for bathtub too, no oily slippery residue.

Posted by Connie (Grayslake, Il Usa) on 06/23/2012

Hello, help please! What is this strange thing happening in my scalp. On web many women seem to suffer with this itchy oily patch on our scalp. I have seen a clear glob a couple times while washing with borax and rinse with acv. Also have seen a couple times looks like black thread. I seem to be affected only on the left side of my scalp. I have been so stressed about this but I cant let this send me over the edge of sanity. I have spent alot of money going to differant Dr.They all tell me you dont have lice, this I already know. So far no one has helped. As many others I have tried many differant products. I have tried all of Teds treatments. Still no relief. What now?

Posted by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
06/23/2012
156 Posts
Hi Connie, Try your own best medicine, urine, it will solve your problem. Just put it on & leave for a while then rinse off. That is all.

Posted by Ola (Larisa, Greece) on 06/21/2012

Hi Ted! I'm 26 years old and now for three months I suffer from itchy, tingle and irritated scalp and I lose hair. This sensation is more in the crown of my head I had dandruff not much and oily scalp. Please help me I do not know what to do.

Posted by Anthony (Calgary, Alberta) on 01/14/2012

Hi I need help, I have had a smelly scalp for the past couple of months. Please tell me how to treat it, will the apple cider and hydrogen peroxide do it for me?

Posted by Helen (Austin, Tx, Usa) on 01/07/2012

My scalp has a very thick rough skin or crust plus bumps, sores. It is not red, does not itch nor does the crust flake off unless I pick (dig) it off (very hard to get off and bleeds when I do get it off, then comes right back. Derm says its not psoriasis. Might be folliculitis, but I took two months of antibiotics and it didn't work. Since it doesn't itch or flake, don't think it's dandruff or seborrheaic dermatitis or eczema. I have tried mixing the borax with apple cider vinegar, leaving it on for 30 minutes, then rinsing with the vinegar, leaving on coconut oil overnight, leaving on neem oil overnight, tamanu oil, tea tree oil, glycerin. I have tried each of these for 2 months before going on to the next. Nothing has worked. Any ideas about what it is and what to do?

Posted by Linda
New Haven, Connecticut
01/08/2012
Helen, although I don't know what is causing this problem for you I think you might give the coconut oil another try but take it internally instead of externally. I've read many posts here that indicate that internal use gets the "cure" where the body needs it, not where we think we need it.

Whatever is causing your scalp condition may be starting far from the top of your head & is simply a symptom of another underlying cause.

Try taking a tablespoon of pure unprocessed coconut oil two or three times a day. It is antiviral, antifungal (kills yeast too) and antibacterial.

Good luck!

Posted by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
01/08/2012
Two things that I have had good success with for skin issues are lugol's iodine and castor oil from the health food store. One or both of these things might help. I wish you luck.
Posted by Helen
Austin, Tx
01/08/2012
Thanks! I did try the white iodine and the castor oil 3 years ago when it started, with no results. I've been hesitant to use the Lugol's--I am 67 and have very white hair--since its all over my scalp, I'd have orange hair. Perhaps I'll try a tiny bit at the back.
Posted by Helen
Austin, Tx
01/08/2012
To Linda: Yes, I've considered that it may be internal and I have been taking 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil per day and have been for years, even before this started. I shall try to increase it now. Thanks for the reply!
Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
01/09/2012
Helen if you have white hair that means you have a copper deficiency. Google Joel Wallach. He has a great book. He says that copper deficiency will eventually lead to an anueryism. Farmers actually know that animals who lose the colour from their fur are copper deficient. I am not saying it is related to your scalp problem. Many pesticides used on our foods will actually deplete copper from the body.
Posted by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
01/09/2012
Helen, I think orange hair is in now, isn't it??!!!
Posted by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
01/10/2012
114 Posts
Hello Helen, Are you taking the lugol's internally as well as the coconut oil? Iodine is needed by your skin cells as well as many other organs. Maybe you could try a few drops internally before trying it on your hair:) I wouldn't want orange hair even if it is in right now:) But that's just me. Another thing you might try is Vit D3. Your skin needs it as well and right now during the winter months you could be deficient in it.

There are also some diseases that can cause "skin thickening." One of them has to do with your adrenal glands so you may want to get them checked out just in case. It may not be a skin issue at all but rather something hormonal. Another disease that causes skin thickening or Myxoderma in this case is Hypothyroidism. I would get your levels tested to see for sure. Then even if you decide to use natural treatments you will know what you are up against. Dermatologists don't know anything about hormonal issues so see your general practitioner, or a naturalpath to get a good diagnosis. Then go from there.

Posted by Helen
Austin, Tx
01/11/2012
Thanks, Jen I had my iodine levels checked and I'm ok there. And yes, I do have adrenal issues. I had one gland removed 17 years ago and take hydrocortisone daily as well as DHEA for replacement. And yes, I'm hypothyroid, too--take Armour Thyroid daily. Plus estrogen replacement in the form of compounded TriEst. Take 5000 IUs of Vitamin D. I've been taking all those for 17 years and get blood tests for all of those regularly. I never had a scalp condition until 2-3 years ago and I'm 67.

I will research the adrenal stuff more and see what I can find about skin thickening. All my other skin is great. I do go to a great family physician who is willing to try new things, especially hormones. The derm was less than useful.

Thank you!

Posted by Helen
Austin, Tx
01/11/2012
Maybe for young folks! Not for late 60's!
Posted by Helen
Austin, Tx
01/11/2012
Thanks, I'll check on it; I do take a 2 mg copper supplement each day.
Posted by Helen
Richmond, In
03/05/2012
I have had the same problem you have for at least 30 of my 58 years. I've tried everything to address this embarrassing problem. For entirely different reasons I gave up sugar completely, except for 2 fruits (not juice) a day about 4 weeks ago. My scalp has completely healed. No itching, bumps or smell. I will never eat sugar again. I can even use shampoo for normal hair! If only I had known this years ago.

Posted by Monsoon (Delhi, India) on 08/13/2011

I am girl in mid 20's. I have severe itching and small painful pimples on my scalp for d past 2 years. My hair is falling also after itching. I have been using Selinium Sulphide Shampoo(Selsun), which caused further hair loss but no cure to pimples and itching. What should I do? does shortening hair lower d lose of hair?even if I shorten it would it grow back under these circumstances?

Posted by Monnie
Kerala, India
08/14/2011
Why don't you see a dermatologist? Nizoral (2%) is a good shampoo but I am not sure if it's suitable for women.
Posted by Mecka
Seattle, Washington
08/15/2011
Try to use tea tree shampoo. Stay away from oily and sugary foods and drink lots of water.
Posted by Kate
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
01/18/2012
7 Posts
I was prescribed Nizoril by my GP, I noticed more hair loss with this & immediately stopped using it.

Posted by Dolphins7 (Youngstown, Ohio, United States) on 06/08/2011

I have been having Scalp issues for about 4 years. It started out with a cyst, but when that reduced bumps/pimples appeared near the base (so inbetween mid scalp and base). They eventually spread and went up the middle part of my scalp.

This problem has driven me crazy.. Through the years I have found techniques to help.. Sulfur 8 has helped clear up all the bumps that spread up my head... Whats left is what I began with. I feel like this area near the base is where I need to target. This area is also the most stubborn, ACV and Peroxide help on and off. Borax suprisingly helped a bunch, but the same 4 pop up in the same spot after awhile... I am a African American Male, I have cornrows (braided hair/long). I have a waterbed, and 2 Dogs (cocker Spaniels) I want to give you guys all the information I can give you. Again if anyone is having this issue try Sulfur 8.


I think the lower bumps/pimples do not clear because the fungus/bacteria is deeper in that region. I can get the inflimation down or even some to dissapear but when I wake up in the morning some will sprout up. Thank God for EarthClinic.. Can anybody help me? Do I need to continue to be diligent with the Apple Cider Vinegar and peroxide? Shampoo with Baking soda and borax? I have Tea tree but no lavender oil, is tea tree good alone? It has caused some slight hair loss at the base area I truly believe Im at the end of the race I just need some advice.. Some support. I stopped eating meat and im trying to alkalize.. Should I take supplements?

Posted by Julia
Hamilton, Ontario
06/08/2011
Hi, have you tryed Iodine solution? Medisca company produce pretty good Iodine and not expencive.
Posted by Dolphins7
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
06/09/2011
12 Posts
I recently bought some magnesium, zinc and iron pills.. I have turmeric as well.. Do you think iodine will be the final blow needed to defeat this monster? Has it helped with foliculitus before? I will give it a try thank you and God Bless.
Posted by Joyce
Dallas, Tx
06/09/2011
I suffered with Seborheic Dermatitis since I was eleven years old and on into adulthood. I just dealt with it and lived with it, basically got used to it...

Then about five years ago I read about losing weight with the Master Cleanse aka lemonade cleanse... And I did it for the full eleven days as required with the intention of losing weight, which I did but gained back... But the cool thing is that both my Exzema and Seb Dermatitis disappeared right after I did that cleanse!! I haven't had either one since and that is the only thing I did that made it disappear... So, I guess my body or my colon had been holding onto some toxin that could have been causing the skin outbreaks in the first place.

I had Seb Dermatitis since I was eleven years old and did the master cleanse at age 29.... It was like a huge relief!

Posted by Dolphins7
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
06/09/2011
12 Posts
Not eating for 10 days scares me... I know its good for you and I know I probably have many toxins in my body throughout the years but 10 days? O_o... I also dont wanna lose too much weight but I may give it a shot. Thanks for the tip.
Posted by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
06/11/2011
74 Posts
Chiming in: I've completed the Master Cleanse 3 times (full 10 days), and have completed 4 to 5 and 7 days of it throughout the years. Prior to find the Master Cleanse, I used to fast on weekends or during certain religious observance days. I'm in my 40's now, and the Master Cleanse isn't difficult if I'm prepared in advance -- having all of the supplies ready.

At the 3rd or 4th day of the Cleanse was the most challenging for me. That's when my body felt like it was 're-booting' -- the hunger pangs may show up then -- it's the hump to get over. Read up on fasting, cleansing and anything else you may want to know about it, especially if you have pre-conditions and want re-assurance.

Posted by Dolphins7
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
06/13/2011
12 Posts
[YEA]   I DO think I need to cleanse my body... But im unsure if this will actually cure it, and I know at this point if I try it and it doesnt im going to have a nervous break down lol... I have tried alot of things, the borax seems to be working, I dont know if mine is Seb dermatitus tho..
Posted by Lara
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa
06/26/2011
4 Posts
I am dealing with a similar issue, so I wanted to reach out for support.

I am beginning to wonder if this has to do with candida, so I went out and bought liquid pau d' arco--I have had great luck with it before--and making a tea by heating up a cupful of water and adding a dropper full of the tincture.

I am also going to take ACV (apple cider vinegar).

I will let you know how it goes.

Also, try reading all the posts for this condition-- there are many, many posts, so do some research.

Good luck and best wishes!

Lara

Posted by The Great Mr. Douglas
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
06/30/2011
12 Posts
Thanks Laura, as an update I think Ive found the final technique, and its extra virgin coconut oil, that plus the borax and Apple Cider Vinegar treatments and eating right (alkalization). Im not 100 but im close. I dont feel any bumps.. but some parts of my scalp are red, Im going to keep doing what Im doing, il pray for you and all the others who are going through this good luck.
Posted by Edi
Bangalore, India
09/14/2011
Dolphin7 so what did finally helped you?
Posted by The Great Mr. Douglas
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
09/17/2011
12 Posts
Edi, Teds Borax remedies, have helped, I put borax in a bottle with water and a lil peroxide and showered with it or just applied... I would then feel in the back of my scalp and feel like the bumps would flake off. I had something else sprout up that I don't think was folliculitus but using idodine, Colloidal Silver and coconut oil helped...

My final technique that helped alot was Yerba Mate, research it its a tea and I swear (idk how) applying it to the scalp when alkalized and applying coconut oil after reduced the hard bump to get rid of.. Also drinking it, it has cleansing effects and other benefits.... This bump drove me crazy all summer I was misdiagnosing it.. I still don't know what it was a cyst maybe??? idk Going through this made me learn so much but yeah. What I do is alkalize using Ted's methods shower using Apple Cider Vinegar and borax (I don;t combine I use seperate bottles). The Yerba Mate was the key in reducing the "cyst" type thing idk how it did it but it did.

My problem is I dont know exactly what I had so I can;t fully relate to your situation... These helped me.

(alkalized state)

1. Apple cider vinegar

2. Borax solutions

3. Yerba Mate

4. Coconut Oil

5. Colloidal Silver

6. Iodine (lugols)

Posted by Beth (Burntwood, Uk) on 06/06/2011

heya, i'm trying to do some homework does any1 know any infections that could affect your hair or scalp? please help!!!

Posted by Lavon (Dearborn, Michigan) on 05/06/2011

Hello Ted,

I have an itchy scalp. When I scratch I can feel little bumps. They're sometimes too sore to scratch. I may have folliculitis. What is a good natural remedy for this. I don't have the money to go to a dermatologist.

Posted by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada
05/06/2011
64 Posts
Lavon, an inexpensive remedy that should help you is organic coconut oil. Apply freely and massage into your hair and scalp before bed and wash out in morning. You should see improvement very quickly, within a few days.
Posted by Minkxy
Brooklyn, New York Usa
01/02/2013
Hi. Just wanted to say that a friend of mine is balding and had bumps on his head. After he would shower his scalp was bright red. I made him buy a vitamin c shower filter, which stopped the redness. I mean extremely red. Although his looks very healthy, I am sure he still has something, as not much of his hair grew back. Look into these filters if you think you may suffer from the chlorine and other additives of city water. Good living to all!

Posted by Debby (Portland, Oregon) on 11/27/2010

I am a 52 year old female and have been having scalp problems for over a year. It started out bright red and itchy and has resulted in hair loss and actual quarter size bald spots. My dermatologist initially said it was a staph infection, after doing a biopsy. He has had me on different antibiotics and anti fungals as well as steroid shots for overall inflammation and cortisone spray directly on my scalp for about a year. It has improved some, but the bald spots remain and there are crusty infected looking areas that appear swollen that just won't go away and he says if we don't get them under control I will lose more hair. There is some hair growth in the bald areas, but it is really bristly and has two or three hairs growing out of the same follicle. My dermatologist has labeled it unspecified alopecia and is now suggesting low dose chemo - that sounds pretty scary to me but, I don't know what else to do. I tried coconut, tea tree and other oils on my scalp and that made it more inflamed. I did try ACV briefly, but didn't notice a difference. I'm sure all of these antibiotics and steroids can't be doing my body much good. Any ideas would be most appreciated. Thank you. Debby

Posted by Linda
York County, Maine
11/28/2010
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Hi All - I've had itchy scalp and inner ear itchy/crusty stuff for a couple of years.... Have tried a lot of topical applications and am currently using a rinse of 1 cup water, 2 Tbsp ACV, 20 drops rosemary essential oil. I pour it on the affected area after washing & rinsing my hair - then massage it in a little and let it dry, I don't rinse it out. Along with that, I'm taking a sublingual Vitamin B complex. I've seen the most improvement since staring the Vitamin B. Good Luck to All as I know this is an annoying problem to have.
Posted by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, Usa
11/29/2010
127 Posts
I have also delt with an itchy spot on my head, and some itchy ears, mine is doing the best it ever has lately. I use iodine, the white clear one, but it stings the ears very, very bad, if you can't handle that use the Lugol's which I also take one drop of the 2% every day. I put iodine on my Itch's and they are doing a lot better. Then after a few days of iodine I switch and use coconut oil to moisten the areas and I use a cotton tip with some for my ears and then iodine, but they are healing, one day it will be healed. Merryanne in Central FL
Posted by Shaun
York, Olde England
11/29/2010
25 Posts
I have variously posted here before on this issue, and will do so here again, as I had this issue for nearly 40 years! An endless list of Doctors (some of who were also good friends) could not solve my problem. Anyway, for what it is worth, apple cider vinegar is great but it is just not strong enough to kill various yeasts (Malazessia spp. [check it out on Google).

What you need to do is dissolve 3 teaspoons of borax in half a cup of white vinegar. Pour this over your head (the yeasts begin their life-cycle here), and down upon your face and shoulders (and possibly your chest and outer ears canal), and then leave it on for about 20/30 Min's whilst having a bath. Do this for about 3 days running (... If you can), and about once a week for a month. After the vinegar treatment, rinse your head/hair with half a cup of washing soda in a mug of warm water. At the slightest sign of any trouble repeat the treatment. Don't go anywhere near Doctors. Most are just crap at what they do and will try to give you steroid cream or solution. As to the ear issue, its much the same. The solution is to get a syringe (with no needle!!! ), and fill with 50% ACV mix that has had a pinch of Borax dissolved in it, 25% (NOTE: 3% percent strength) Hydrogen peroxide, and 25% isopropyl alcohol. Pour this solution into the ear and leave for 5 mins. If you can do this 2/3 times for a few days. After a while you can adjust your own 'mix'. You may find that the ear begins to flake dramatically as the infused yeasts dies off. Remember that skin in the ear is directly attached to bone and does not have a fat buffer like skin does elsewhere on the body so try not to poke about. The yeasts get infused directly into the skin, and so the flaking can be quite dramatic! If the ear gets a little raw a rub of petroleum jelly can help.

Posted by Name
City, State
12/17/2010
Fresh garlic juice?
Posted by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
07/16/2011
58 Posts
[YEA]   Comment to Shaun. Your description of infused yeast die off explains what happened to me. I have had an itchy flakey left ear for some time and my right ear was starting to show signs of it as well.

Two weeks ago I used a urine therapy treatment for hair loss, . ( 4 day old urine massaged in and left on overnight under a shower cap, of course the ears get a good wetting as well. Rinsed off in morning, no shampoo! ). The second day after this I had a massive blob of dry crud in the front of my ear canal. This was very difficult to dislodge, seemingly glued to my earpassage. Over the course of a day I finally managed to clear it (picking at it mostly) since then NO itching or flaking at all. From the description in your posting I can see that it was a fungus problem after all. I read that urine therapy is effective against fungus, and now I have seen the proof.

Posted by Lou
Tyler, Tx
10/19/2011
164 Posts
Whose urine did you use? Just curious. This guy says to use cow's dung and urine for vitiligo (similar condition to scalp condition). It's kind of comical (what he's saying) and could double as a Saturday Night Live skit. Or, at least I thought so until reading your post.
Posted by Smoky
Central Pa, Pa
05/21/2012
Hi all, this comment is really for all of you who are suffering with scalp issues. I've been battling what I think is scalp ringworm. I can see it in my microscope but the lab says they see nothing with a biopsy! Amazing, huh? Anyway, I give up on doctors. I have been taking baths with baking soda, staying in as long as I can. Then just towel dry my hair and let is dry naturally, I don't even comb it so I avoid more hair loss. Next day I might use Selsun Blue and a deep conditioner. Most importantly I've been taking coconut oil 3X a day and two oregano oil capsules 3X a day. This is so important. Keep this up without fail and you may see a difference in a couple of weeks. Also, you may want to try UV light which is capable of penetrating the hair shaft. That's right, go to a tanning salon! You might be surprised at what you feel when the UV hits your scalp! Good luck all. I feel your pain, believe me.

Posted by Benbluerich (Dallas, Texas) on 11/19/2010

I got a hair cut years ago and discovered little bumps forming in the back of my head. I have tried diffrent antibotics and was wondering what should I do about this situation. Also the bumps kind of feel as if they are trying to spread on the sides of my head and also the top as well. PLEASE HELP!!!!

Posted by Metallic (Abuja, Nigeria) on 09/11/2010

I need your help. I always have serious itching on my scalp especially when I make my hair. This started 2 years back. Now I have to cut my hair since I can't bear the itching but I try to start again and I noticed the same itching

Posted by Candy
St George, Ks
09/13/2010
Add several drops of Tea Tree Oil to your shampoo.

Posted by Mrsinghnyc (New York City, New York, Usa) on 03/02/2010

I would first like to say how wonderful of a website it is and it really helps people out. God bless you for all your work.

The reason I am writing to you is because I have a scalp problem with alot of symptoms that I was hoping you could help me with. I am a 24 year old male who has been losing hair for the past 6 or 7 years slowly. I am losing my hair on top of the head faster than on the side. I've lost about 90% of my hair on top. My scalp also has dry skin which is hard and crusty like that falls off. I also have a few cysts on the back of my head. And I also breakout on my scalp, like pimples or just red bumps. I have been to the dermatologist. They tested my scalp for fungus, but it came out negative. But I truly believe I do have a fungus problem that has caused all these symptoms. My scalp is itchy as well.

I would like your advise on what I can do. I tried to look through the website and it was confusing, because there were parts that were opposite to what was said before. I would like to know what kind of dietary supplements I should take? How much? In powder or tablet form? Is there something I can put on my head directly? What kind of shampoo should I use? How many times a day/week? This information would help me out so much. Please find the time to help me out with this.

Posted by Pr
Houston, Texas
03/02/2010
72 Posts
Hi Mrsinghnyc, I am also having scalp problems and hair loss. I have been researching and will share with you what I have learned. Shampoos with SLS chemical in it is causing lots of folks to have scalp problems and hair loss. It seems they are having allergic reactions, itching, pain, flaking, and hair loss. It was also stated that the SLS feeds the fungus. I had started washing my hair with baking soda and rising with apple cider vinegar and my hair stop falling. Actually it was growing back. I thought I was better and went back to regular shampoo and this time it was worse than before.

I have also discovered I have fungus internally as well and I am now doing a candida fungus cleanse. You might want to address this yourself in case your scalp is reflecting what is inside.

I also found fungus test are not so accurate because there are so many kinds of fungus it is impossible to test for all of them. I know how you feel and hope this helps you some.

Posted by Stacey
G-boro, Nc
03/03/2010
I am female, but I have had severe problems with my scalp breaking out and losing hair. I have managed to treat, though not cure, scap breakouts (like itchy acne bumps) with pyrithione zinc shampoo plus condition combo. I use the name brand, which gets the problem under control. I have to use the name brand version everyday, and if I switch to another product, the acne comes back. The shampoo puls contitioner keeps it from getting too dry. If I get a really bad flare up from hormonal issues, I rub dry baking soda into my scalp before I go to bed, and the itch disappears nearly immediately. However, teh baking soda or borax wash frequently recommended is too drying, and will agravate teh condition even more.

In terms of hair loss, you might want to try applying a strong infusion of stinging nettles root to your scalp at night and after a shower. It's a DHT blocker, which may help your hair loss.

Posted by Jack
Toledo, Ohio
03/03/2010
10 Posts
MR Sing I have been experiencing hair loss myself for years and in the last few months my itchy scalp has gone away and I have very little hair loss now simply because I started using alberto V-05 shampoo and most importantly the same brand of "Cream rinse" after using the shampoo rinse and apply the cream rinse and keep it on yr head for a few minutes Then rinse it out and dry with cool air. I believe my using a brush as I do, and not using the cream rinse was causing my dry scalp and pulling my own hair out!! I think a lot of folks do this without knowing it as I did and are pulling their own hair out and causing dry scalp issues
Posted by Jules
Crofton, Md
03/04/2010
2 Posts
I'm new to this site and agree that it's a great find. I'm also in my mid-20's, but female. I was having lots of problems with my scalp. I'm still trying to figure it all out, but thought I would share what has at least given me some sweet relief. For the pimples and cysts I ended up using a mixture of Epsom salt (1 cup) and filtered water (1 gallon), mixed until the salt dissolved, and then put some into a spray bottle. While in the shower, I spray my scalp and massage for about 2 minutes. I then wait for about 3 more minutes before shampooing with Trader Joe's tea tree shampoo, which has peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus oils in it (which are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal). I also sometimes use the Epsom salt spray on my scalp before I go to bed and just leave it on. I've been reading that a magnesium deficiency can cause hair loss and poor skin. I think that's why the Epsom salt has been helping because it is magnesium sulfate which can absorb through the skin. I also suffer from adult acne, which has been clearing up since I started using the Epsom salt spray on my face and body, which I just spray on my skin after I get out of the shower (I don't rinse it off).

Next I'm going to try massaging some organic sesame oil to see if it will further help with my itchy scalp. I read that it also has anti-fungal properties.

I also want to mention that thyroid disease (hypothyroidism) can cause hair loss and dry skin. So you may want to get your thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) checked just to be on the safe side. I have a thyroid condition so I'm sure some of my skin problems are associated with it. I hope you find relief soon.

Posted by Jules
Crofton, Md
03/04/2010
Correction: 1 cup of Epsom salt to 1/2 gallon (8 cups) of filtered water for the Epsom salt spray solution.
Posted by Isaac
Warri, Nigeria, Delta State.
09/20/2012
please specify the kind of cup full of epsom salt you are talking about, I mean the quantity of the epsom salt.

Posted by Della (Toronto, Canada) on 10/27/2009

hi,my name is della.I have very itchy scalp the flakes i could hold with my fingers an peal off. the itching would usually start at the front of my hair linning. i have this for about 10 years, back in the tropical island it was not as severe as of the last 3 years i have been in canada.i decided to see a doctor as of last year,but unfortunately i got to know i was pregnant so i waited after i stop breast feeding and went back to the doctor.he prescribe lamasile,i took it for one month but after two weeks it was back,so i went back to him and he gave it to me again for six weeks.i have one more week of it to go and the fungus is still there.i have thought of shaving my head bald but at the same time i do not,i have my natural hair it is very very thick (coause hair)please i need a remedy.

Posted by B
Sr, Ca
08/29/2011
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Nobody mentioned that the vinegar, peroxide, water would lighten the hair. I mixed as direction stated and and used three days because I have had a itchy head for awhile. Everyone is saying your hair looks lighter.

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Posted by Anayo (Nigeria) on 10/25/2013

Scalp Fungal Infection. I am 33 years of age and I have had this ailment for the past 12 years. I will be glad if I can have any remedy for it. Thank you.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/25/2013
661 Posts
Hey Anayo!

This is from the scalp infections remedy page:

... Ted from Bangkok: "Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide are used as a shampoo to cure scalp infections. You can also mix chamomile, tea tree and lavender oils together and apply to the scalp as a shampoo. Do not take these remedies internally!

I have treated successful over 100 people with persistent scalp infections by preparing a shampoo made of just tea tree and lavender oil alone and have been successful... Continued here: http://earthclinic.com/cures/scalp_infections4.html#TEDS


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