Severe Itch On Scalp

by CJ
(Alachua, FL, USA)

My mom has an itch on her head but there is not a ring. What is it?

She spends hours itching it and once she got worms from it. She said they were half inch long and reddish in color. She says there is a slimy substance that oozes out.

It is scaly and when she itches it and the scales falls on other parts of her body it starts itching in that place.

She has tried hydro cortisone, tea tree oil and many other products but with no relief.

She lives in Canada and has gone to the doctors several times and they cannot diagnose what she has and therefore cannot treat it. Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated.


Hi CJ,

Sorry to hear about your mom's severe it on scalp and the subsequent worms, etc., she has had to deal with.

It would have been great if she could have kept some of the worms she was able to remove so that she could show them to a doctor or entomologist to try to identify the specific parasite she was dealing with.

Tea tree oil was a good suggestion, but it doesn't work for everyone. I wonder what else she may have tried.

Cortisone is designed to help the itching, but unfortunately it doesn't get rid of the underlying problem or kill parasites.

There are a couple of things she may want to try externally, if she hasn't already done so. The first is to rinse her head/scalp every day with raw organic apple cider vinegar. It has to be the apple cider vinegar that still has the 'mother' in it and hasn't been filtered.

should help with the severe itch on scalp and may even deal with the parasites as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. She could/should even add a tablespoon to a glass of water each day and drink it for additional help.

Another option to try is to coat the scalp thoroughly with olive oil and wrap it with a towel or something similar before going to bed. Yes, I know it's greasy, but it may serve to smother the little critters as it does for lice and some other parasites.

If she uses the oil, she can just use the cheapest brand and then wash her hair with a clarifying shampoo or even Dawn dish detergent to cut the oil a little easier.

I ALWAYS suggest that someone suffering from these types of symptoms should give themselves a good internal cleanse with anti-parasitic herbs. Herbal Fiberblend is a good choice and can be used safely for cleansing.

I also highly recommend that your mother start taking probiotics every day. Florafood contains 3 strains of probiotics that work together to help return the balance of power to the immune system and strengthen the body's ability to fight off parasites.

Finally, Barley Life is a nutritious whole food supplement powder made from freshly juiced young barley grass. The vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes help to improve the pH balance of the body and give it more resources to promote healing.

I hope your dear mother is able to be helped and find some relief from this severe itch on her scalp. I can imagine that it must be driving her mad. It would do that to me, I'm sure!


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Jun 27, 2016
severe itch and scaling from scalp NEW
by: Ed

I also scratch and small white scales fall from my head to my skin and starts to itch were they land and create acne like effect it worsen when I am on the computer or watch TV to close I also have worm like floaters inside my eyes and a crust the build around my eyelids all day making hard to see I thought I had blepharitis .

May 14, 2010
Lye Soap For Poison Ivy
by: Angie

Hi Don,

Thanks for sharing your interesting tips on using lye soap for poison ivy and the results you received treating your athlete's foot with lye soap.

I'm not sure how effective it would be on CJ's mom's head, but I don't think it would necessarily do her any harm.

My husband and I have both used lye soap for poison ivy in the past with pretty good success. It's not a 'quick fix' but as you mentioned, it does tend to help with the oils from poison ivy and to reduce spreading.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and personal experience. Love it!


May 14, 2010
Lye Soap
by: Don Lott

When we first retired to Mexico 3 years ago I
had a reoccuring atlete's foot problem. Through the years I tried a number of over the counter products but nothing would clear up the condition for good.

In Mexico I discovered you can still get the old time lye soap in your country grocery store. This stuff is strong but I can say that with regular
use it finally cleared up my athletes foot problem.

You might suggest that your mother try lye soap
if it is available in your area of Canada.

Lye soap will also cut the oil that carries the
irritant you get from poison ivy. If you take a hot shower and use the soap generously right after walking in high grass and weeds it will get rid of the chiggers.

All the Best,

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