Reaction to Antibiotics

Posted by VN on 03/31/2008

Hi Ted,

I've been reading Earthclinic and your responses for several months now. Several of your suggestions have worked for us.

I have a question for you. Whenever my wife takes some antibiotics, she gets severe itching after a few days of using the drugs. It starts as rashes and ends up with itchiness all over the body. The main problem areas being back, stomach and legs. The doctor prescribed some corticosteroids/prednisone, which helps reducing the rashes, but the itching continues for several days. She is allergic to penicilin (rashes is the allergic reaction), but I believe these drugs do not contain penicilin.

We do try some remedies like ACV + Baking soda in Water, bath with ACV, using Lavender oil, Coconut oil, Olive oil + Oregano spirits + tree tea oil, over the counter & prescription anti-itch creams, Vitamin E capsules, Flax seed oil capsules etc. But these seem to give temporary relief only.

The itching is constant and so severe that she bruises the skin. We would like to know what is the root cause of this problem. The doctors do not seem to know what is the cause, they are treating the symptoms. Any ideas what is causing it and what we can do to get rid of it? Is sodium molybdate an answer and how does it work? Any input you can give would be highly appreciated.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Dear VN: Generally speaking antibiotics seem to encourage fungus growth as they are made from fungus, and prevents competing bacteria growth, hence it's a antibiotic ability. The other thing is antibiotics promotes accumulation of heavy metals and fungus seem to like to grow in a higher heavy metals environment. Finally, antibiotics causes the body to be acidic, and acidic is a condition by which fungus also grows naturally in a decaying matter. Unfortunately if it grows on a human that is suffering metabolic acidosis, its very much like its encouraging further decay of the cells.

In the long run, antibiotics never has helped me. I managed to stay away from antibiotics, for about more than 10 years now. In between that time, I did used it, but it was totally useless. So I had no choice but to find my own antibiotics. The best antibiotics for me is zinc acetate (or zinc gluconate), alkalization, mannose, and magnesium chloride if it is to be taken internally.

There are a couple of anti-fungal remedies that helped, which required alkalization, such as a mild dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken three times a day. However, this remedy is generally to mild to alkalize the extremities, such as the feet and arms. Therefore, a newer alkalization remedy I have used is what the scientist called the carbicarb remedy, where I improvised into a home remedy as follows

1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda) plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken at least 2 times a day, and perhaps, in the long run a 3 times a day maybe more ideal. The alkalizing effect should reduce the itchinesses in the extremities.

A more immediate relief, on basis of your feedback seems to be fungal in nature, so aspirin in my opinion dissolved in a full glass of water may help. I wouldn't try any other pain relievers, they are too dangerous as it damages the liver, while aspirin may cause stomach problems. But there is a way around this. If aspirin is DILUTED in a full glass of water, its concentrated effect (much like a magnifying glass focusing on the sun rays) is reduced from the water. It is anti-inflammatory that way, but the salicylic acid of the aspirin has anti fungal properties.

Long term antibiotics leads to the vitamin Bs deficiency and molybdenum, which is why those I would take to reduce the inflammatory response from long term antibiotics use. The form of molybdenum I used is sodium molybdate, 50 mg, taken only a couple of days. Iodine may be non existent in some people who drink tap water filled with chlorine and fluorine. This is important since they reduce the immune system, and encourages fungus growth. Hence, a dechlorinator added to a drinking water helps. Strangely, the fish aquarium has all the luck and this is where I might by a dechlorinator, but it has to be clearly labeled, sodium thiosulfate, no food coloring, and a dechlorinator, regardless of the brand if it is in a solution can be anywhere between 5-20% which are generally acceptable, no need to be precise on this issue.

A topical solution of preferably ammonium bicarbonate (maybe found in a local bakery supply store) or ammonium chloride (only found in chemical supply store) dissolve with 50 80% water is applied to reduce the itchiness from fungus. Inflammation effects of antibiotics, may not work except quite possibly from the aspirin and alkalization.

Long term extreme itching at least by me is alkalization and borax remedy. Alkalization is already mentioned above, so the borax remedy might be 1/4 teaspoon in one liter of drinking water. The other long term solution that might be worth trying since antibiotics deplete vitamin B complex in general, and molybdenum that seems to be important. However the ability of the body to fight off fungus, besides alkalization sometimes needs selenium, chromium, and vanadium. Selenium is antifungal, chromium reduces blood sugar, but so does vanadium. Manganese may be helpful if mood problem is noticed after taking vitamin B complex since manganese controls mood issue. Interestingly fluoridated water and dangerous aspartame (found in xylitol gums, diet coke, diet pepsi, and other sugar free) also causes the itchiness to be severe enough that they the skin don't heal. It works by causing the body to be in an extreme acidosis and the negative effects of aspartame lasts for weeks before the baking soda and sodium citrate or sodium carbonate can tame the acidic effects, as noticed in the urinary pH. Artificial sweeteners causes acidic urine to be below 6, almost instantly and the effects lasts for over a week with just one ingestion of aspartame even, just 10 mg of the thing. Interestingly it causes much more negative effects of antibiotics if they are taken.

Copper and sulfur are also antifungal in nature. Copper is found in cocoa drinks, and sulfur is found in yellow liquid egg yolk in partially cooked eggs.

Generally speaking, the global remedies I used to stop itchiness is usually the newer carbicarb remedy, plus topical application of ammonium carbonate. In the long run, I need to take b complex (usually b50) and sodium molybdate, if I can find them! A borax is helpful for long term itching and I will take them internally, as it discourages itchiness.

A very simple remedy, if I am outside the house has got to be either the lavender oil or peppermint oil, with some dilutions with coconut oil applied to the area. Sometimes I mixed them in some extra virgin olive oil.

Sometimes drinking green tea reduce some itchiness as the tannins found denatures them. So a green tea or even a weak solution of tannic acid applied to the leg might help.

Long term taking of antibiotics may also cause auto toxification, which results in itchy skins. To reduce auto-toxification, a hydrogen peroxide remedy will detox nearly 90% of chemicals that recirculates and accumulates in the body. Therefore, 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in one glass or two glasses of water, taken only once or twice a day for a week should reduce the toxic overload of the liver to a more manageable levels. But also magnesium supplements can also reduce the effects of heavy metal toxicity that might cause skin problems just the same, but likely I will start with the my own hydrogen peroxide liver cleansing remedy first.

Most antibiotics uses causes severe rashes. I had a friend of mind who nearly died of the rashes. Redness all over her body, and kidney damages to boot. She was cured, simply enough with a couple of things:

1. Magnesium chloride 250 mg in one glass of water taken only three doses

2. Skin detoxification with bentonite clay bath.

Ted's skin clay detoxification:

The bentonite clay baths works this way: get the body wet. Mixed some clays (could even be mud packs) dissolved in water). The solution should be fairly thick not too thick, but pudding thickness. It is then applied on the skin. Get a fan and dry on the skin. The drying effect of bentonite will suck from the skin the antibiotic poisons. It is then rinsed. Repeat this up to 5 times in one bath and can be repeated as often as necessary until the redness goes away.

Ted's Peroxide skin detoxification:

In case the clay is not available, this method has been popular with the Chinese for thousands of years, but they use a cup to suck the air in the skin over a small area to increase oxygen detoxification. I found this to be very limited in nature and time consuming, and revised the Traditional Chinese Remedy of cupping by preparing a hydrogen peroxide 1% applied to the skin using a wet towel on the skin and leave it long enough. I always used a hydrogen peroxide food grade in this instances. It is than rinse after a minute or two and then reapplied and the redness and rashness should reduce.

I can't possibly cover the universe of skin rashness of antibiotics, but my guess appears to be one of side effects of antibiotics overuse and the body is full of toxic substance, so I guess the magnesium chloride (or magnesium gluconate) plus the bentonite clay or the hydrogen peroxide skin detoxification might be the way to go.

If the above improved, chances are the liver is detox and perhaps I might try just 1/2-1 teaspoon of 3% H2O2 in one glass of water or more of the plain water. To quickly detox it. In case there is lingering effects.

Overall, I must avoid aspartame, fluorine, chlorine of drinking water as these three things stand out in reduction of the immune system, and further cause increase toxicity to the body. It relates this way: if the immune system is reduced, the pathogens are higher. If pathogens are higher, they produce more toxic substances that the body becomes allergic to it, and hence the rash.

Replied by VN

Thanks for the detailed and quick response. We have already started with Baking Soda + water remedy. Can we also start with the Asprin dissolved in water remedy even though she is taking Prednisone? I hope it will not be a problem. Stopping the medication is not an option at the moment because it is the only one giving relief. I hope i will be able to find the remaining items you suggested in stores here. Thanks.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Any relief is fine and using any medication depends on the user. I used the aspirin more like antibiotics but this is not a priority.

Just yesterday I have tested out a new remedy, which works excellent in eliminating the itchiness. A 1-5% Ammonium Chloride solution dissolved in water, or 1-5% Ammonium bicarbonate solution is quite helpful with recurring conditions as it is strongly anti-fungal. Interestingly the remedy works much better with the addition of 1% borax added to the solution. Both ammonium and borax compounds are anti-fungal. Interestingly, I used this solution to test for the presence of fungus. A person without fungus feels nothing with this solution. A person with a fungus, will feel small stinging pain, and then the itchiness goes away completely, even after one application in some cases. Interestingly I don't know why pharmaceuticals and alternative medicine don't have much remedies on fungus, as this is one of the causes of eczema, itchiness, candida and a variety of conditions. Antibiotics are antibacterial. Antifungals kill fungus and antivirals kill virus. Most of our sickness relates more to virus and fungus, including osteoporosis.

It should be noted that most itchiness problems are one fungus issue. Alkalization will slow reduce the condition slowly, but a topical application will cause much more immediate relief, such as within 30 minutes.

I also used other anti-fungal remedies but the one I mentioned here are relatively easy to find. Ammonium bicarbonate might be available in a bakery supply store, but I got mine from a chemical supply store. Suitable ammonium compounds are ammonium carbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, ammonium chloride (my favorite).

Moldy house can commonly cause fungus. A newer solution I found is to use a 5% ammonium chloride with 1% borax in water to pump sprays on my clothes and sometimes apply on the skin and areas around the house, especially the bed since the bedsprings and the mattresses underneath have a huge mold counts because it is not possible to laundry it. Hence I spray them lightly and fan dry or hair dryer with the ammonium compounds. Many people who now have long term sickness (that last years) was traced to living previously in a moldy house previously. Of course, in the US it is relatively difficult to find any chemicals, hence if I am in that situation, I might buy a Bo-peep ammonia cleaner (AVOID FUMES!!) and mixed them with lots and lots of baking soda (50%) plus 50% Bo Peep to prepare myself an ammonium bicarbonate solution myself. I may keep adding more baking soda until there's no ammonia fumes.

The whole approach to this issue is to solve the cause this should be the best approach toward a cure. Calcium rich foods are not helpful for eczema.