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    Can you all help me with a problem? My ds has developed an itchy, weeping, reddened, crusty patch in his hair. It appears to be spreading, as there are new little reddish spots popping up here and there. He says it doesn't hurt but is very, very itchy. I've looked on the internet and I don't think it's ringworm.

    We went to the doctor today and he says, hmm, looks like dermatitis. Thanks, doc. He gave us a prescrip for antibacterial and steroidal cream, to address what he said was a secondary bacterial infection, and to calm down the itching and redness.

    I think this is going to be the kind of thing that could be chronic. It seems to respond to home treatments with coconut oil, tea tree oil, and grapefruit seed extract, but then it's right back again. Being a teenager, ds has been using "Axe" shampoo, and I've convinced him to switch to something milder. Hope that might help.

    The wikipedia article Seborrhoeic dermatitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia seems like it might be it.

    What I'd like to know is if you've had something like this, did becoming primal fix it? What home remedies did you try?

    Thanks a bunch!

  • #2
    Could it be guttate psoriasis? The pictures shown here are severe - but it can range from just a few spots to pretty major.

    Psoriasis - guttate - PubMed Health
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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    • #3
      Vinegar?
      In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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      • #4
        Couple ideas that might help.
        Stop using any soaps with Sodium lauryl sulphates, nothing that foams up. Same with shampoo and conditioner.
        Try a little sesame oil (not the toasted stuff, Can usually be found in an indian grocery store)
        Stop eating any wheat.
        avoid irritating clothing, wool/blends/poly
        Stop using fabric softener (sheets and liquids) Prob switch to a more natural detergent too.
        These worked wonders for my wife. She gets pretty bad Numular dermatitis. She does use the steroid cream now and then for the big flare ups.

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        • #5
          I'm glad your wife has found what works for her, erik. I wish I could convince ds not to eat wheat. But he's not listening.

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          • #6
            My brother-in-law had severe Seborrhoeic dermatitis and going gluten free has solved that.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by erikJ View Post
              Sodium lauryl sulphates
              This would be my first line of attack. It's surely in his Axe shampoo and is likely why it keeps recurring despite responding initially to the excellent CO. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a known skin irritant and is used to dissolve car engine grease, yet it's used to shampoo because it suds up so well.

              My friend and I are really sensitive to SLS in shampoos. Like your boy, it causes us both multiple itchy, crusty scabs on our scalps that don't hurt. It's quite a common reaction with that SLS crap.
              "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kbn1 View Post
                My brother-in-law had severe Seborrhoeic dermatitis and going gluten free has solved that.
                Why am I not surprised? I am glad to hear it confirmed out there in the real world. What kind of shampoo does he use?

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                • #9
                  Thanks, Tiger Lily. He's been using the Axe for months now. Not sure why all of a sudden this has happened. Maybe it's a cumulative thing. My scalp has been much happier with just baking soda and vinegar.

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                  • #10
                    Doesn't quite look like that, jammies. I think it's Seborrhoeic dermatitis, with secondary bacterial infection, as the doctor said. I wish he'd let me shave him bald. (Not the doctor, hee hee.) Thanks for the input. There are so many mystery skin problems out there.

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                    • #11
                      I used to have bad psoriasis when I used to study and stress, all while eating per CW. I would scratch and itch whenever I faced a stressful situation, even a mild one at work.
                      Has anything stress-related come up to trigger it?
                      Now that I don't eat grains and sugar and no shampoo, i have no more psoriasis.
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                      • #12
                        My wife reacts pretty strongly to SLS and many other preservative chemicals in shampoo and liquid soaps. She had a tendency to break out on her hands, but once we eliminated that stuff from the house the issue went away. Every now and then she would still break out from unknown sources, but it seems to have been better and less frequent since cutting back on grains.

                        This can be resolved with a skin allergy test to find out for sure.

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                        • #13
                          My dandruff also seems mostly to be caused by gluten and my allergy to sulfites. Once I started eating primal and avoiding sulfites, it cleared up, to the point that my dematologist was shocked.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sanas View Post
                            Why am I not surprised? I am glad to hear it confirmed out there in the real world. What kind of shampoo does he use?
                            Not sure on that. I could ask him.

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                            • #15
                              Apple cider vinegar - Bragg's specifically. I suffered from a variety of skin related issues before going primal. The vinegar was sooooo helpful. It is great for the hair, too.

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