Discomforts & Irritations

How Do You Get Rid Of A Skin Fungus & The Candida Problem At The Heart Of It?

Once I learned the truth about dandruff; that it is not really caused by numerous factors, such as dry skin, oily skin, too much or too little hair washing, hygiene, stress or diet; but was, in reality, a candida based fungus called Malassezia Globosa; I set about to find a natural cure.

But, my problem is not just curing the fungal issue. I typically seek out root causes for pain conditions; and although this was not something I’d typically classify as “painful,” it is uncomfortable and extremely irritating. Eventually, given sufficient time, a condition described with those adjectives will result in pain.

So let’s get to it. The first question is how can I control and eventually get rid of the irritating fungal condition in my skin?

At first, I was looking only for a way to directly treat my scalp. You have to sometimes view yourself as a farmer views his land. If the soil is not right, nothing is fertile, and he won’t get good crops. Now, I’m not saying you want crops of anything growing on your skin. Quite the contrary.

My point is, fungus on the body is like weeds in your grass. The reason weeds appear, is because the ph levels in the soil are not balanced. There is a nutritional deficit causing this imbalance in the soil. When the soil’s ph levels are rebalanced through proper nutrition; weeds cannot grow.

Likewise, when the ph levels are balanced by good nutrition in your body, fungus can’t grow either. And remember, cancer is a fungus. Therefore, I wasn’t looking for topical creams and lotions, but I wanted something that could help me to address the ph levels in my body, but of my scalp in particular.

The first references I discovered, said there were several ways to naturally treat it and balance out the ph levels. The first thing I tried was a salt scrub to get rid of excess dry skin prior to washing my hair. It’s probably not wise to do this if your scalp has already been scratched, is irritated, or has any broken skin. It might burn.

My scalp was only slightly irritated, but I knew the irritation would get worse if I scratched it, so I used the salt to scrub it instead. The article was not specific about what type of salt to use. I wanted to use my sea salt, which is not finely ground, but is in hard bits in a grinder bottle, but I could not get access to it, unless I ground it.

I choose instead, to use Epsom salt. As far as relieving the itch, it did help with that. Basically, you just pick up a small bit between your fingers, after parting your hair; and rub it on your scalp. You can massage your scalp with the salt, or use it to scrub your scalp, like I did.

Of course, you will have salt crystals to clean up when you are finished, and may even sleep with some in your hair. Just know that if you scrub your head like I did, your hair may get very tangled, and be difficult to comb out if not done while water is running through it; especially if you have fine, long, thick, curly hair like I do.

One technique involved adding Tea Tree oil to your shampoo. I had, a few years ago, tried washing with coal tar, and it was quite effective for a while, but it stunk like the dickens.

However, Tea Tree oil is known for its antifungal properties. Not only did I add it to my shampoo, but I also applied the oil liberally, to my scalp after I washed my hair. In fact, my hair was saturated with oil when I was done.

Prior to doing that, but after washing it, I also used a mixture of water and about ½ a cup of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. I mixed that in a clean bottle, and rinse my hair with it after I had rinsed all the shampoo out.

I let that mixture sit in my hair while I showered, then rinsed it out and applied my conditioner. I would have preferred to leave that rinse in, but my hair was so tangled, I had no choice but to condition it, so I could better fight to detangle it.

My scalp felt good for a few hours after this entire process was done, but began to itch again by the end of the night.

Another remedy suggested was raw lemon. I did consider a straight application of the Apple Cider Vinegar, but that smells so strong, and was the second reason why I conditioned after using that rinse.

The lemon, however, would not be a repulsively strong smell, so that is the next  direct remedy I want to try. Coconut and olive oils were also both recommended. I’ve used coconut oils in my hair and scalp before, but had not paid attention to the effect on my scalp irritations.

Baking soda and Aloe Vera was also mentioned, along with several other natural methods I had not heard of.

The next day, I did try the witch hazel and I did feel a difference; but bear in mind; I still had the Tea Tree oil in my hair; quite a bit of it. I used liberal amounts of the witch hazel and a cotton swab.

I parted my hair down the middle. Then on each side, I parted sections parallel to the middle part; soaked the cotton swab in a ziplock bag, and rubbed he witch hazel into my irritated scalp. Then I parted my hair divergently, and repeated the process.

I wanted to give it a good dousing of the witch hazel to hopefully affect the ph balance and rectify it somewhat. Plus, It had been itching all day, and I needed relief. There was a bit of stinging, but in a way, the stinging felt good as opposed to the itching.

I did get some relief, but I decided that I need to wash the Tea Tree oil out and then repeat the process to see the true effect. I also considered making a paste with baking soda and rubbing it into my scalp.

However, about an hour after using the witch hazel, I had total and complete relief. I intend to stop using the oils for the time being, and use the witch hazel and perhaps a baking soda paste, to see how much of the external condition is eased by means of these methods. 

Additionally, despite the fact that certain oils are beneficial, and antifungal; I think that these should be withheld for a while first, because they are still oils. As such, they can lock moisture in, and this yeast-related fungus feeds on hair oils.

I think the ph balance needs to be restored first, and the witch hazel seems to be a workable solution at this point. I also want to test the internal solutions that I think are factors of this condition. I’ve researched this, and I understand what my body is missing, so I want to examine how both factors play together, to help me get rid of this condition. Stay tuned.

You Wouldn’t Believe What I Learned About Dandruff!

For those who haven’t been around the block a few times; you may not have heard the term, dandruff. These days, it’s known as “dry scalp,” but I think that newer terminology is part of this condition’s evolution.

I’ve had this condition since I was about sixteen. That’s when I recall first noticing little tiny flakes occasionally dotting my shoulders after I had brushed or styled my hair.

I don’t remember ever really noticing commercials on this condition before that time, but that’s typical.

We usually don’t notice things that don’t apply to us. We may be exposed to it, but we dismiss it. However, Proctor and Gamble began advertising dandruff medicated shampoos since 1961.

When I began to notice these small flakes, I began purchasing Selsun Blue. I remember that was the specific brand my father used. I don’t know if anyone else in my family used it. It was not really discussed. It should have been. No one thought of it as hereditary thing at that time.

I don’t know why my father choose to use Selsun Blue. Proctor & Gamble’s Head and Shoulders products became hugely popular through an anxiety based marketing strategy that told us, “You never have a second chance to make a good first impression.”

Regardless of brand, these products all had Zinc Pyrithione as their main ingredient to control dandruff. Back then, the public at large was not that concerned about what was in our food our the products we used.

Knowing this, however, could have saved me years of seeking answers on the merry go round of trying to connect the dots to my health related symptoms. I am just now questioning this situation, which, years later, seems to have systemic implications.

You see, as I have aged, I noticed that what started out as a bit of itching and small flakes, has been changing. In the last several years, the bit of itching has turned into full blown irritation, and the flakes have gotten larger; not just for me, but apparently, the population at large. So much so, in fact, that the advertising and well-known name of the condition changed as well.

The name, in the advertising, went from “dandruff,” which sounds small, light and fluffy; to “dander,” which sounds heavier and bigger; to “dry scalp,” which sounds like it encompasses large segments or territory on your head; and finally, to “dry scalp flakes,” which sounds like the big segments are breaking off.

Considering that we know flakes (from our cereals) to be fairly large, that’s an unsettling thought. It’s also an unsettling experience to see such large flakes in your own, or someone else’s hair or scalp.

It’s not just bigger flakes. When scratched, it’s actually chunks coming off the scalp. I have seen this excessive flakiness before on old guys who look like they don’t clean around their ears. I’ve also seen it on women whose hair looks very greasy.

I can’t stand how that looks, so when I began to notice these big flakes or chunks of dry scalp (I call them crusties), if I scratched my head, I got concerned.

I’d pull them completely out of my hair if I scratched them up, but I noticed that despite regular washings, the irritation in certain areas of my scalp was getting worse, and I was scratching up the big flakes more. Sometimes, I wondered if it was scabs from so much scratching.

I started to research what was at the heart of this problem. What was kind of condition caused dry scalp? Somehow, after finding the answer, I felt that I should have known; because I’ve been fighting this battle most of my life, whether I recognized it or not.

Years ago, I went into Tunie’s because they had a natural doctor there that could look at you, ask a few questions about your family’s history, and tell you immediately what your body’s weaknesses were; what you were most susceptible to developing.

Everything he advised me to be careful of…the areas he said were potentially weak have indeed materialized. It was not because I believed it would happen. He was trained, and I now see that he had an eye to see patterns.

Once he got the General family picture, he could see a pattern of weakness systemically occurring, much like I can read patterns for pain in the body just by looking at my clients, or at one specific body part.

All things being related, I can now see that this is just another piece of the systemic battle I’ve had for years. Upon searching, I discovered that the irritation and resulting evolution of flakes in my scalp is the direct result of a fungus.

Fungus can grow in many areas of the body, particularly areas that tend to be more enclosed and subject to more moisture build up. In fact, larger people are more prone to these conditions due to more areas subjected to moisture, such as flesh folds or pockets. I’m not huge, but I’m no small potatoes either.

However, this affects all ages, from 0-60+. I was not overweight all my life, and, I was affected by this as a child with Tinnitus as the starting point. Tinnitus is an irritation in the ears due to candida yeast. I always had ear infections as a kid, and had colds or flus frequently up through my twenties; so this had early origins.

Areas of typical high susceptibility for fungus would be in between or under the toes (Athlete’s foot); in the crease between the legs and the groin, and generally in the groin area (Vaginal yeast infection); and orally in the mouth as a strange white rash, or a white coating on the tongue (Thrush).

Finally, it can show up on the skin and nails. For large breasted women, it can show up as a rash or irritation on, under and between the breasts.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, so basically, that means this fungus can show up anywhere on your body. Your scalp is no exception. In the scalp, the condition, which has been cited for years as being caused by numerous factors such as dry skin, oily skin, too much or too little hair washing, hygiene, stress or diet, has, I’m sure, confused many.

I too have heard all of these cited causes for years from the news and advertisers, but what it boils down to is Malassezia Globosa, which is a yeast-like fungus that lives on the scalp, feeding on skin oils. All of these conditions are fungal related, and are all part of the cycle of a systemic Candidiasis problem in the body.

So now, finally, I’ve found the truth. Now the question is, how can I naturally, effectively combat it? I’ve been fighting candida all of my life since I first became aware of it, and I’m still fighting it. I thought I was making progress, but apparently, not enough. How can I naturally get rid of the fungus and the candida problem that causes it?

See Part Two Here

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