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Steven

Frankston, TX

#1 Mar 18, 2008
Has anybody had any skin reactions to sulfur when they used it too often? Anything similar to scabies symptoms? I use sulfur a lot of the time, and I'm starting to notice the area's that I use the most sulfur, are the area's where I start to itch the most and get bumps at. Lately I've had a constant crawling feeling on my scalp and back of head, and I put a lot of sulfur in my hair when I use it. I'm starting to wonder if this could be something like the post perm reaction, but I haven't heard of anyone having this problem. In the last 5 days, I haven't used sulfur, other than to spot treat. My itching did start to get worse, but the bumps I've been getting are small and stop itching after a day or two and usually go away quickly. I really don't know if it's still scabies or not. I've been thinking about some strange things that happend when I was using the sulfur, like when I had it on for a week straight, 4 days into it, I started to feel crawling all over my whole body and intense itching. I didn't get how I could be breaking out with more scabies, if I had the sulfur on, and I had no itching the previous 3 days. I'm so confused right now. I'm afraid that if I stop treatment for a while, then I will find out I am still infested and I will have that many more mites too kill.
Steven

Frankston, TX

#2 Mar 18, 2008
btw, this is Steven from Tx. I don't know why it stopped showing up.
feduptothemax

Greenfield, IN

#3 Mar 18, 2008
Yes I experienced that as well, so I stopped using it about a month now, no sulfur, now I'm back to square one, could be reinfestation, from pillowcases, shoes, heavy clothing etc.
Steven

Frankston, TX

#4 Mar 18, 2008
feduptothemax wrote:
Yes I experienced that as well, so I stopped using it about a month now, no sulfur, now I'm back to square one, could be reinfestation, from pillowcases, shoes, heavy clothing etc.
so you started to get better for a while, then you got reinfested? or was it not the sulfur causing it?
feduptothemax

Greenfield, IN

#5 Mar 18, 2008
It wasn't the sulfur causing it.

Since: Jan 08

Chicago, Il

#6 Mar 19, 2008
Steven wrote:
Has anybody had any skin reactions to sulfur when they used it too often? Anything similar to scabies symptoms? I use sulfur a lot of the time, and I'm starting to notice the area's that I use the most sulfur, are the area's where I start to itch the most and get bumps at. Lately I've had a constant crawling feeling on my scalp and back of head, and I put a lot of sulfur in my hair when I use it. I'm starting to wonder if this could be something like the post perm reaction, but I haven't heard of anyone having this problem. In the last 5 days, I haven't used sulfur, other than to spot treat. My itching did start to get worse, but the bumps I've been getting are small and stop itching after a day or two and usually go away quickly. I really don't know if it's still scabies or not. I've been thinking about some strange things that happend when I was using the sulfur, like when I had it on for a week straight, 4 days into it, I started to feel crawling all over my whole body and intense itching. I didn't get how I could be breaking out with more scabies, if I had the sulfur on, and I had no itching the previous 3 days. I'm so confused right now. I'm afraid that if I stop treatment for a while, then I will find out I am still infested and I will have that many more mites too kill.
Hi Steven-
I had a reaction to sulfur, was using the pomada full body while I slept. Mostly it made my skin very dry and flakey, but I did notice, where I rubbed at my skin to flake it off, lots of bumps appeared. It scared me alot but I'm not entirely sure it was mites, tho the bumps looked similar to what I already had. If I didn't flake the skin off and just let it come off by itself- no bumps. I did have crawling during that time, not at all while the sulfur was on but once I rinsed it off, it kind of came back, not sure if it was related. I know this isn't exactly what you experienced but thought I'd let you know what I went through on sulfur. I still think it's a decent kill, but pretty harsh on the skin.
Steven

Frankston, TX

#7 Mar 19, 2008
I cant take this wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Steven-
I had a reaction to sulfur, was using the pomada full body while I slept. Mostly it made my skin very dry and flakey, but I did notice, where I rubbed at my skin to flake it off, lots of bumps appeared. It scared me alot but I'm not entirely sure it was mites, tho the bumps looked similar to what I already had. If I didn't flake the skin off and just let it come off by itself- no bumps. I did have crawling during that time, not at all while the sulfur was on but once I rinsed it off, it kind of came back, not sure if it was related. I know this isn't exactly what you experienced but thought I'd let you know what I went through on sulfur. I still think it's a decent kill, but pretty harsh on the skin.
Thanks. My skin did dry up a few times, and it's still pretty flaky. Also, most of the time I never felt crawling while the sulfur was on, until I took a shower. Then I would almost immediately start feeling itching and crawling in my eye brows, scalp, and a lot of other places. I think some it may be from the sulfur, but my itching is increasing as time goes by, instead of getting better, so I will probably use sulfur tonight. I am starting to get bumps on my face now, and I really don't want another outbreak that will be difficult to maintain again. Thanks for the help everyone.

Since: Mar 08

Pompano Beach, FL

#8 Mar 23, 2008
Steven wrote:
Has anybody had any skin reactions to sulfur when they used it too often? Anything similar to scabies symptoms? I use sulfur a lot of the time, and I'm starting to notice the area's that I use the most sulfur, are the area's where I start to itch the most and get bumps at. Lately I've had a constant crawling feeling on my scalp and back of head, and I put a lot of sulfur in my hair when I use it. I'm starting to wonder if this could be something like the post perm reaction, but I haven't heard of anyone having this problem. In the last 5 days, I haven't used sulfur, other than to spot treat. My itching did start to get worse, but the bumps I've been getting are small and stop itching after a day or two and usually go away quickly. I really don't know if it's still scabies or not. I've been thinking about some strange things that happend when I was using the sulfur, like when I had it on for a week straight, 4 days into it, I started to feel crawling all over my whole body and intense itching. I didn't get how I could be breaking out with more scabies, if I had the sulfur on, and I had no itching the previous 3 days. I'm so confused right now. I'm afraid that if I stop treatment for a while, then I will find out I am still infested and I will have that many more mites too kill.
I found reading the thread Progress from beginning to end was helpful in understanding scabies as a whole and helpful to understand the comments and responses in this whole forum on the subject has been a tremendous help to myself and my husband. Then read scabies is contagious and all the rest. You'll figure out what is best for you.
SleeplessInNY

Irvine, CA

#9 Mar 24, 2008
Steven -

Interesting. I am wondering the same thing. I have been using Sulfer on my body day in and day out for over 2 months now and Ive noticed a couple spots where i get more bumps now but I dont think they are Scabies because they don't keep me up at NIGHT. However, they still itch randomly during the day and disappear every couple days. This may be a reaction to the excess of Sulfer?? I dont think I still have the Mites but I still treat to be 100% sure...so maybe i'm over treating with Sulfer.
Steven

Frankston, TX

#10 Mar 25, 2008
SleeplessInNY wrote:
Steven -
Interesting. I am wondering the same thing. I have been using Sulfer on my body day in and day out for over 2 months now and Ive noticed a couple spots where i get more bumps now but I dont think they are Scabies because they don't keep me up at NIGHT. However, they still itch randomly during the day and disappear every couple days. This may be a reaction to the excess of Sulfer?? I dont think I still have the Mites but I still treat to be 100% sure...so maybe i'm over treating with Sulfer.
Yeah, I'm thinking the bumps that disappear in a couple of days are a result of too much sulfur, for extended periods of time. A lot of the itching is from my skin constantly flaking off, because of the dryness of the sulfur too. I'm not sure if this could cause the pinpricks though.

Since: May 07

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#11 Apr 10, 2008
I like to hear of other sulfur users. sleeplessinny I bet you are cured no matter how much itching may occur so long as you are being thorough in your environment.

Also I bet you smell like an alien.

Here are my thoughts on sulfur.

I started to get intense itching pin prick sensation from using 20-30 percent sulfur for a couple days. It was wild. The sensation initiated later after I had washed the stuff off so I think its normal to get bad itching after all this stuff destroys your skin.

I think if you use sulfer you may want to moisturize your skin with oil.
I mix my sulfur with oil, olive oil will do but I use neem. put in a small jar and shake it well and always shake before use.

I found it to be extremely messy with Vaseline and harder to wash off your body, is hard to mix the batch and when applied goes on uneven.

When mixed with oil it is just the opposite.

while you have this stuff on your body. Go to bed on a plastic surface. So it will not rub off(tape a garbage bag down . Use a light blanket that has little pressure. In heat a sheet would be ideal as a blanket.

when showering or bathing(in salt if you can) scrub hard and everywhere with a scrub pad.

Gods blessings

P.S If I had the money I would start a scabies research facility and eventually have a scabies cure center.

Aiwa

alhatesitchen

Oak Harbor, WA

#12 Apr 11, 2008
Oh here is the deal with sulfer. Yes if it is very strong it will make your skin crawl. You can get rashes from it. Also you have to understand the crawling sensations is not always scabies. The crawling sensation that you are experiencing is the skin is drying up with the mites(Hence Dying activity and mite debris and so on). You have to understand there are different kind of itching and pin prick feel is where your skin could be drying up. After you feel that wait a couple days and in that area you will have dry skin to flake off.

Since: Jan 08

Chicago, Il

#13 Apr 11, 2008
alhatesitchen wrote:
Oh here is the deal with sulfer. Yes if it is very strong it will make your skin crawl. You can get rashes from it. Also you have to understand the crawling sensations is not always scabies. The crawling sensation that you are experiencing is the skin is drying up with the mites(Hence Dying activity and mite debris and so on). You have to understand there are different kind of itching and pin prick feel is where your skin could be drying up. After you feel that wait a couple days and in that area you will have dry skin to flake off.
Thank you, thank you, Al! I used the pomada full body several weeks ago & it helped with the crawling tremendously...while it was on. Now that I am about 90/95% better after finally using perm (2x a week apart & 1x two weeks later) I am just spot treating the few small bumps I have on my shoulders that come & go. I was using TTO, then ByeBye Blemish which is 10% sulfur. It's kinda like calamine lotion with an oil. I ran out and can't find any, so I remembered I still had some pomada. Put it on last night as a spot/area treat, not full body, and though it helped some of the bumps somewhat (not as much as ByeBye) I feel lots of crawling on my shoulder area today! I was beside myself!! Until I read your post. I keep trying to tell myself that I'm pretty much the 'C' word and lots of what I feel may be post scabies/treatment reactions, but the crawling on my shoulders, that I just treated last night, threw me for a loop.
Thanks for helping calm my fears Al. I will continue on doing what I'm doing to treat body and environment, will probably keep doing it long after I feel no sensations, cuz I refuse to go back to where I was!!
alhatesitchen

Oak Harbor, WA

#14 Apr 11, 2008
I cant take this wrote:
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Thank you, thank you, Al! I used the pomada full body several weeks ago & it helped with the crawling tremendously...while it was on. Now that I am about 90/95% better after finally using perm (2x a week apart & 1x two weeks later) I am just spot treating the few small bumps I have on my shoulders that come & go. I was using TTO, then ByeBye Blemish which is 10% sulfur. It's kinda like calamine lotion with an oil. I ran out and can't find any, so I remembered I still had some pomada. Put it on last night as a spot/area treat, not full body, and though it helped some of the bumps somewhat (not as much as ByeBye) I feel lots of crawling on my shoulder area today! I was beside myself!! Until I read your post. I keep trying to tell myself that I'm pretty much the 'C' word and lots of what I feel may be post scabies/treatment reactions, but the crawling on my shoulders, that I just treated last night, threw me for a loop.
Thanks for helping calm my fears Al. I will continue on doing what I'm doing to treat body and environment, will probably keep doing it long after I feel no sensations, cuz I refuse to go back to where I was!!
Anytime. This is can be very confusing. Understanding what type of itch it is can really help. If you read the bulletin where it says "MIS." I posted directions on what to do to get rid of this. I just cant stand the folks on here fighting this and had this longer than me. I decided to post what I learned and know on my own. I have been free from this for couple month now and I check in on this forum to see how the old timers are doing. I would like to see Sam, MIS and you get rid of this. From my understanding you just got to do a routine. You just can't go out and oh this product works and that works. So I will try some. That just don't work. A plan is what help me get over this. Also POST scabies is very confusing once I got over that I am me again. GOOD luck and I am around here and there..

Al
Steven

Frankston, TX

#15 Apr 13, 2008
Thanks for the post Al. I haven't used sulfur in a few weeks now, and my itching hasn't really increased any. I'm down to 1 bump on my entire body. It's the bump I've never been able to get rid of for longer than a week or two. My legs seem to get red and irritated sometimes, and I even feel crawling, but it always goes away and I never break out in rashes there. I feel a lot of crawling on my scalp too, but I think that might still be from the sulfur, because I would use so much on my scalp. My skin's still drying up a lot of the time, but I expected that to happen after how much sulfur I used. I'm most likely going to treat again with sulfur tonight, and do a follow up 5 days from then and see how it goes. I couldn't believe it the other night, when I went to bed I didn't start itching worse and I got a full night of sleep without any crawling or anything. I really don't want to jinx it, but I think this might be coming close to an end for me.
SleeplessInNY

Irvine, CA

#16 Apr 14, 2008
Aiwa wrote:
I like to hear of other sulfur users. sleeplessinny I bet you are cured no matter how much itching may occur so long as you are being thorough in your environment.
Also I bet you smell like an alien.
Here are my thoughts on sulfur.
I started to get intense itching pin prick sensation from using 20-30 percent sulfur for a couple days. It was wild. The sensation initiated later after I had washed the stuff off so I think its normal to get bad itching after all this stuff destroys your skin.
I think if you use sulfer you may want to moisturize your skin with oil.
I mix my sulfur with oil, olive oil will do but I use neem. put in a small jar and shake it well and always shake before use.
I found it to be extremely messy with Vaseline and harder to wash off your body, is hard to mix the batch and when applied goes on uneven.
When mixed with oil it is just the opposite.
while you have this stuff on your body. Go to bed on a plastic surface. So it will not rub off(tape a garbage bag down . Use a light blanket that has little pressure. In heat a sheet would be ideal as a blanket.
when showering or bathing(in salt if you can) scrub hard and everywhere with a scrub pad.
Gods blessings
P.S If I had the money I would start a scabies research facility and eventually have a scabies cure center.
Aiwa
Aiwa -
I say as well that If I had the money I would also open some kind of detox center for everyone to go and cleanse their body of this.

The sulfur I have been using since the end of January is Magnesium Sulfate (from Epsom Salt use). I am not sure how that ranks in strength with the other sulfurs you have been talking about. Its crazy though - even to this day,I went one day yesterday without Epsom salt use, and I developed 3 Itchy tiny bumps in a row on my leg. Last night I put epsom salt mixed with water on them..used a hair dryer over it..and this morning they are barely visible. I don't get it. Now you see why i'm afraid to stop the salt after almost 3 months.
alhatesitchen

Oak Harbor, WA

#17 Apr 14, 2008
Steven wrote:
Thanks for the post Al. I haven't used sulfur in a few weeks now, and my itching hasn't really increased any. I'm down to 1 bump on my entire body. It's the bump I've never been able to get rid of for longer than a week or two. My legs seem to get red and irritated sometimes, and I even feel crawling, but it always goes away and I never break out in rashes there. I feel a lot of crawling on my scalp too, but I think that might still be from the sulfur, because I would use so much on my scalp. My skin's still drying up a lot of the time, but I expected that to happen after how much sulfur I used. I'm most likely going to treat again with sulfur tonight, and do a follow up 5 days from then and see how it goes. I couldn't believe it the other night, when I went to bed I didn't start itching worse and I got a full night of sleep without any crawling or anything. I really don't want to jinx it, but I think this might be coming close to an end for me.
That is good to hear.. Now if you only have that one bump. Try to hit it hard. That could be a post scabie bump. But if you are down to one bump on your entire body that is excellent!
Wendy

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Apr 14, 2008
I am glad to hear that I am not alone with this. I am the only one that caught it at work. Used the cream, 4xs and started getting sick....it doesn't even touch them. they just get pissed. Is there anyone who has been successful in treatment? I am staying at a hotel because its a workers comp case...taking a lot of hot baths or steaming in a sauna but that doesn't seem to help...I think i have to cancel my vacation. i am such a health nut, this is so ironic.
Itty Bitty Critters

Hollywood, FL

#19 Apr 14, 2008
Wendy wrote:
I am glad to hear that I am not alone with this. I am the only one that caught it at work. Used the cream, 4xs and started getting sick....it doesn't even touch them. they just get pissed. Is there anyone who has been successful in treatment? I am staying at a hotel because its a workers comp case...taking a lot of hot baths or steaming in a sauna but that doesn't seem to help...I think i have to cancel my vacation. i am such a health nut, this is so ironic.
There is a thread on here, called "I'm Cured." Check out this thread to get some ideas for a cure. Read as much as you can from this forum. the best treatment is ivermectin (stromectol) and permethrin cream and cleaning like a swedish housewife. Pay close attention to your car getting infested, too.
Sarcoptic Serial Killer

United States

#20 Apr 14, 2008
Wendy wrote:
I am glad to hear that I am not alone with this. I am the only one that caught it at work. Used the cream, 4xs and started getting sick....it doesn't even touch them. they just get pissed. Is there anyone who has been successful in treatment? I am staying at a hotel because its a workers comp case...taking a lot of hot baths or steaming in a sauna but that doesn't seem to help...I think i have to cancel my vacation. i am such a health nut, this is so ironic.
It doesn't matter how clean or fit you are. You can sweat all day, take several showers a day, eat health foods and still have scabies. This lifestyle is great and probably keeps a person's infestation from getting totally out of hand but without some heavy hitting miticides the scabies won't go away. And they live in the environment for 3 to 22 days, depending on the climate conditions. cool and moist being more favorable.

You need oral Ivermectin (stromectol) and try a different topical with it.

As we say on this forum: "good luck" cause you'll need luck to beat these suckers.

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