03/11/2006: Ted from Bangkok writes: “This problem is already worldwide, but I don’t know why doctors are at a loss on this as it is a fungus like infection, or something resembling skin form of mycoplasma.
The simplest method that I can dream of that found to be of good use is the use of tea tree oil and lavender and applied continuously on the skin long enough so that it will be killed. There are variations of this method such as the use of acetone applied before the use of tea tree and lavender for example. For my mother, she uses a simple isopropyl alcohol before application. The alcohol will rid the body of bacteria while the tea tree and lavender are akin to antifungal and antiviral properties. Of course, it is the frequency of application which will work, such as at least 3 times a day for a month or so. The use of vinegar and ACV in conjunct with tea tree and lavender I have seen is also good, as well as hydrogen peroxide as well.
As you can see there are many ways in going about this treatment, but the foundation of treatment lies with tea tree and lavender. A pre-treatment of hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and apple cider vinegar is done for cleaning before the use of tea tree and lavender, I have found to be important.
Finally, alkalizing through the use of sodium bicarbonate plus citric acid at 1/4 teaspoon two times a day (morning and evening) mixed in 1/4 glass of water is important also to kill them from the inside out.”
1/30/2007: Ted from Bangkok writes: “Dear Maxine: When in doubt, use vinegar or apple cider vinegar to wash your head, but it is best to leave it overnight. If this is not gone, then it may likely be a demodex mites, which you need to obtain borax if you can find it. Borax are usually available in large drugstores, B.P. grade where you can mix this with a simple hydrogen peroxide. Since you will be doing this for external purposes only, try to get the hydrogen peroxide 3% and reduce this to 1% by adding 2 parts more of water, approximately. Then add baking soda until it can no longer dissolves itself. Apply this to the head for at least 15 minutes before rinsing. If you want it to go overnight to kill the demodex, I suggest using a more dilute hydrogen peroxide so it won’t effect the hair such as below 1%, with the borax and keep that overnight, before rinsing in the morning. Usually my observation is anytime the concentration is below 1.5% it won’t effect the skin and hair, but just to be on the safe side, make it below 1%, such as 0.75%.
If you have obtained a B.P. grade (medicine grade) borax, then a small pinch of borax (approximately 1/8 teaspoon of borax) taken only once a day on an empty stomach will do, but if only the above rinsing and other things are not working out as expected. This is done to prevent further problems of demodex. Ted”
Feedback From Readers on Ted’s Remedies for Scalp Infections
Tasha from IL writes Earth Clinic:
“… On June 3, 2006, after my son’s haircut, I noticed my son had a small, round, white patch in the middle of his scalp. Curious, I took note of this on my calendar to keep a close eye on it. As the weeks go by, the patch had spread to at least 3 or 4 more patches with hair loss. Not completely bald patches. I immediately confirmed this HAD to be ringworm in the scalp.
How could this happen when I keep the kids scalp and body clean with bathings? My kids like to play in the dirt outside and very well could have transferred hand to scalp during play. I don’t know for sure…just a guess. By June 30th, I began Ted’s recommedation of ACV (with the Mother) and Hydrogen Peroxide Shampoo along with the Tea Tree Oil and Lavender mixture.
I followed his recipe exactly. I would give my son (3years old) his bath and “shampoo” or saturate his hair with the ACV & Peroxide. Let it sit on his hair and scalp while I bathe him. After rinsing the soap off his body, I would rinse out the ACV & Peroxide from his hair.
My mixture: 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil, 1 drop of Lavender Oil diluted in 1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil. I used the Sweet Almond Oil because it absorbs and carries the essential oils well.
After drying him off, I immediately applied the Tea Tree Oil and Lavender mixture to his ENTIRE scalp (he had a low hair cut…much easier). I did make sure his hair and scalp was coated. I applied a Doo Rag (a scarf with 2 tails) and wrapped his head up. The tails help secure the base of the Doo Rag on his head. He wore the Doo Rag and Oil Mixture over night. I did not wash it out in the morning nor did I reapply the oil mixture during the day.
I applied this oil mixture every night at bath time for 6 weeks. However, I did not apply the ACV & Hydrogen Peroxide shampoo everyday. For some reason, after the second day, my son would literally scream “murder” at the sight of the ACV & Peroxide. I would calmly refer to it as water but he did not want that “water” near him. I can’t confirm if it burned his scalp or not. So, I have no clue as to if it burns. Oh, and I made sure not to get it in his eyes. Therefore, I shampooed with regular shampoo and followed with the oil mixture.
At the end of the 6 weeks, his hair had grown back in with no more white patches or hair loss. It is has been several months now and everything is still clear.
BTW, my son knew something wasn’t right because the other children did not have to wear the Doo Rag. Try to be comforting and reassuring during this difficult time with small children. The Doo Rag sort of acts as a protective measure from spreading (to the family) so you don’t want the child to take it off due to embarrassment or shame. The child can wear it during the day if he/she is a stay at home child like mine. Our family made him feel comfortable about the Doo Rag. We took pictures of him with his “shades” on and just had fun his first night. This way, you don’t have to fight or have an unhappy child every night for 6 weeks. BTW, I saw an oil recipe on a different website that is identical to Ted’s except the lady recommed using the oil mixture 3x’s a day. For those who work during the day or if the child is in school, this may not seem ideal although I believe it would work. Nevertheless, Ted’s overnight treatment was less work and with proven results.
I hope this helps someone.”
Benny from Anchorage writes Earth Clinic:
“I have had chronic scalp infections for around 25 years. My symptoms are very painful green puss filled pimples when it gets really bad, and primarily in the back part of my scalp. I didn’t do anything for it when I was a teen, because my parents wouldn’t pay for any medical treatments for it. As an adult I have regularly gone to the doctor for this problem and they always prescribe anti-biotics and some anti fungle cream. The anti-biotics worked for only a short time before I would get the condition back. The anti fungal cream didn’t seem to do anything but make me feel more uncomfortable. I took antibiotics around three months ago and was doing great until now. The infection came back with a vengence. My priority this morning was to try Ted’s approach and shop for the supplies: ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Epsom Salt, costing me just a few bucks. The directions for mixing Ted does give, as 1 part ACV, 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide, and 10 parts water. I made a solution of 1/2 cup Epsom salt and 1 quart water to clean and soften my scalp first. I also bought a turkey baster to apply the soltion to my scalp while in the tub, with the back of my head dipped in a plastic bag to hold the solution on my head. I kept the salt solution on as long as I could, then rinsed it off. Then I did the same with the ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide solution, but only for a couple minutes. It did not hurt or feel bad puting it on. Actually it was soothing. I must say that after this first try, my scalp really felt better, and most of the pain went away and became more tolerable, as the swelling went down. I did have my wife apply triple antibiotic ointment on the sores after I dried my hair. I also would like to say I did find a natural shampoo and conditioner (under ten bucks each)that includes both tea tree and lavender oil in it. The brand name is Desert Essence. It was located in the health food section of a regular grocery store. I will try using these to see if they do the trick. So far after the first try I feel better. Wish me luck. I hope this will prove to work as well as save money and trips to the Doctor.”
Mary from Newark NJ writes:
“Dear Earth Clinic, I just wanted to let you know that I think on Ted’s Posts it should say in bold at the beginning, or where it can’t be missed to read the recipes carefully. I had a small bald spot on my head, found this website, and read some things Ted wrote. I read something about hydrogen peroxide and acv for scalp problems and hair loss. It did not say how much to use in the blurb I read. I thought I would try it. Well I just made a solution up and put it on my head. Left it on overnight. Well, Now I am loosing all my hair!!! So this was not a remedy in the little problem I had, instead, it is causing all my hair to fall out. I would like to spare future readers from this, so please put a warning, and make sure people read Ted’s postings very carefully, and if they do not see a recipe, have them contact Ted before just making one up themselves. I know most people would be more careful, but there are us haphazard people out here you know. Thank you.”
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