Hair not growing back on itchy skin
by Wei Ling
April 2015 Whole body
Dear Dr Tillman,
Hope everything is well for you. I need to seek your help for Xuan Xuan again. Everything has been well for her for the past 3 years though the hair in areas such as the base of her tail, under armpit and back of her ankles never really grew hair. Once in a while, she will scratch the area around her eyes, one patch on her lips etc and the area will be red and without hair for a while but the hair eventually grows back.
However, last august she had a outbreak where she scratches till the entire body is a quite inflamed though not till it bleeds and is swollen. I brought her down to a vet that my other adopted dog is currently seeing which is a conventional vet who is also trained in holistic medicine. She has seen this vet in September 2013 as I wanted her to go through the Bioresonance Allergy Test that my other young adopted dog went through. The vet recommended her current diet with supplements and suggested I continue to monitor her skin situation. But this time the vet gave a dose of steroid (prednisolone) for a week waned off over another week. It clears the outbreak and Xuan Xuan is back to her original condition after a month or so.
I don’t know whether it is related. My other dog who is a 2 year old mongrel had a demodex outbreak in December. He nearly passed away at 3 months and has a very weak immune system since. I applied and massage tea tree oil in every alternate day and moisturize with shea butter to my mongrel. It cleared in about a month. This is not the first time he had it. Previously, it does not seems to affect Xuan Xuan.
However, in January this year, Xuan Xuan who is 8 years old by now, scratches her body and bites her feet. On the scale of 10, I would say her itch level is about 5. Not very very high and not non-stop scratching. However, her hair
does not seems to grow back.
By February, her hair is patchy. So in March, I decided to shave her so that I can apply Coconut oil evenly and bathe her more often. However, since shaving her about 4 weeks ago, the hair doesn’t seems to grow back very fast. I am at a loss what to do next.
Her skin is still generally quite cool and not hot like I start consulting you 4-5 years ago. The area that she scratches turns red but is ok after a while. When she scratches, the area is a little damp. But she is not scratching, the skin is relatively dry. She still doesn’t smell too bad after a week of bathing although I try to bath her every few days these few weeks.
Current diet and Supplement
She is still on home-cooked food – beef, potato and vege in 1/3 proportion twice a day. She is on the following supplements:
1. Natural Calcium Powder (Red Seaweed)
2. Skin and Coat Supplement (Recommended by the vet)
3. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
I have stopped immuplex and antronex (which the bioresonance test shows intolerant) two years ago.
Alternative Medicine and Oil and Shampoo
1. Tea Tree Oil (50% dilution with Fractionated Coconut Oil). She stopped scratching immediately when it is applied to her hotspot when she is scratching. But I dare not apply too often or too much as it dries her skin and I make sure I apply coconut oil at the same time. I use tea tree oil to manage her skin these few years.
2. I tried different essential oil these few month – Myrrh, lavender, bug off (mix) but none seems to smoothen her skin
3. She is now on Epi-smooth Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner
I tried giving Xuan Xuan Sulphur 1m in feb and mar, a month apart. But didn’t see much effect – neither improvement or aggrevation. Maybe also because it has expired?
Please do advice what I can do. There really isn’t any holistic vet in Singapore I really can rely on.
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