For the past few months, I have been getting "pimples" all over my scalp. They start out red and sore, and end up with white/yellowish scabs. My scalp is getting very sore as the number/frequency of these pimples/sores/scabs keeps increasing.
I'm female, in my 30's, and have long, straight, very fine hair. I've also noticed my hair thinning quite a bit since these pimples started.
I've always had normal to oily hair, and have always shampood every day, sometimes twice a day. I have never had any adverse reaction or allergies or anything like that to any shampoos or products. I don't dye my hair, and I don't use any product or hairspray at all. I've never had dandruff. I've never had any other serious skin condition.
Since this started, I have tried several different shampoos/strategies. I've tried the nizoral and the head and shoulders. B/C of the oiliness, I've never used much conditioner...even so, I started trying different brands, and using less and less to the point that I've now completely stopped using conditioner. I've tried the neutrogena shampoo. I've even tried using a scrub brush when I shampoo! NONE of this has helped, and some of it has seemed to make it worse (particularly the h&s and nizoral).
What's happening to my head/hair??? Thank you so much for any advice or ideas you can give me!!!
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The scales/scabs sound like [I]scalp psoriasis[/I]. It can occur without any other skin involvement. Color can be slivery white to a sickly yellow. [I]Sebo-psoriasis[/I] is scalp psoriasis with scalp seborrhoeic dermatitis on top of it, the lesions tend to be more yellow and greasy in appearance. Do the lesions follow your hairline or behind your ears? Have you tried coal tar shampoos?
[I]Scalp acne[/I] is the mildest form of scalp folliculitis, an inflammatory condition of the hair follicles.
In your case it sounds like you been through the ringer trying everything, maybe it's time to see a Dermatologist for a firm diagnosis and Rx strength products. You don't want to wait till there's irreversible hair loss.
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I had similar symptoms like you, had the pimples then warts, got nitrogen treatment to removed them. This was in December.
Today went back to the derm since I have severe scalp itching and flaking with redness.
I got a diagnosis for Seborrhea Dermatitis and will use a lotion treatment of "Ketoconazole" ( I don't know the brand name).
My doc took a scalp flake sample and found out that the the fungus "Malassezia" is the main culprit in the reaction on my scalp. This particular fungus likes to live in oily scalps. If you sleep with your scalp wet and damp without blow drying or letting it throughly dry out, it will be a breeding ground for the fungus.
Use a scalp cleansing shampoo and see your dermatologist. Hope you will be better.
If the prescription shampoos dry out your hair or skin, try this:
I use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg's) for my seborrheic dermatitis and sensitive scalp. I typically take about 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/4 cup of water and mix it in a spray bottle (1 part to 1 part). I spray it directly on my scalp, by combing through the different sections. Then leave it on for at least 10-15 minutes. Then I rinse it out and use a mild shampoo & conditioner. The longer the better. Its best to do it on the weekends or at night because it does smell. (2-3 times week)The worse you have it the longer it will take to see results. I started using the ACV because the Nizoral shampoo started making my hair really dry and brittle and it started to break and fall out. I have pretty oily skin and I needed to wash my hair every day. For the face, take a cotton ball and dab the mixture on the spots.
hello everyone it is so nice to c im not suffrering alone iv had these scabs for 8 years no and it gets worse each year iv seen the dermo 3 times and tryed different shampoos,ointments,antibiotics,creams and im now on steroids for it in ointment form.my scabs start with a huge lump and my scalp is very sensative to touch then the scabs come and they weep and i cant help but pick wich has resulted in bald patches in my scalp.
Is anyone else got a solution to this proplem let me know coz its so depressing and its getting me down big time i just want to be normal.
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its a form of excema and its just one of those things that will take time to put it right.Charmin a.
iv started to put my hair up in bunches to enable air to get to them my glands tend to swell when the scabs are realy bad.I did say to the doc that i would shave my head and she said that if i did then it would be prone to infection coz they are exposed.i use t tree shampoo now with my steriod ointment so they starting to dry out slowely.
for how long i do not know.
iv had thrush on the scalp,boils,bad infections then they reffered me to the dermo who put me on steriods as a last resort.but its a form of excema as i suffer from blister,dry and this on the scalp
It could be seborrheic dermatitis, but you should go to the dermatologist and make sure itís not something else. My seborrheic got really bad and I had these patches of crusty yellow build up and some turned into sores. Nizoral shampoo works good, but it really dries out the hair and can cause breakage. I used the apple cider, above, but I started using the New Head & Shoulders intensive solutions for severe dandruff prevention and seborrheic dermatitis (Dark blue bottle) and it works good. I am about 90% free of scalp build up and flakes. And my hair doesnít seem as dried out, but I also use a good conditioner just in case.
finaly i have Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp and at present i have an infection on the scalp because of this and is now on antibiotics but if anyone was woundering this is what iv been dignosed with.
[QUOTE=zozzykid;3809384]finaly i have Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp and at present i have an infection on the scalp because of this and is now on antibiotics but if anyone was woundering this is what iv been dignosed with.[/QUOTE]
dermatitis just means "inflammation of the skin", I am suffering with this condition and have been for 3 years! it was triggered when I used some cheap shampoo ( a very well known brand! ) that contained plasticides which caused some allergic reaction, even though I now only use premier hair care products I still get the odd outbreak! Ive had various creams and lotions from the doctor but they only soothe the soreness, they do not prevent new outbreaks, I think Im stuck with this for life! I cant help but to pick at the scabs and I end up with mini bald patches where I have damaged the hair follicles!!
I have had these sympons for over 20 years. I contacted doctors and dermitoligists with no solution. T-gel left my scap tender. Head and Shoulder feed the pimples and made them worse. I noticed that when I swam in our pool during the summer, the pimples virtually disappear. I found that is the clorine in the pool, which is bleach and a cleaner was controlling the out breaks. I started dabbing clorox bleach with my finger on the area(s) prior to showering, wait 15 minutes and shampoo. The pimples are under control.
I am only 18 years old and I have multiple scabs on the left side of my head, which led to loosing hair in those spots!! Its irritating and flakes all the time. Sometimes its bright red and has honey like juice all around it and in my hair! Some areas of the head are raised. Which is making me think it might be Psoriasis because my grandpa had that but Im young for all that you'd think? So now i'm thinking it's exzema seeing as i've had it so many other places on my body. I've gone to the doctors and got many creams and expensive shampoos and even tried my own things and nothing works! I do use hair spray and teeze my hair everyday which could have something to do with it but it never goes anywhere near the effected area, and the rest of my head seems to be okay. I had really bad exzema when I was younger on my neck and arms and legs but it has gone away until this week. The sores on my head have been going on for months and months and months. Also at the very back of my neck I have a real bad rash thats been there for a verrry long time. I think its because I cant wear fake jewlerry because of my skin but I havent worn any since and it just gets worse and worse! Some days I get real bad pains under my left hip aswell that are shooting pains (but 100% not cramps) that come and go. Im not sure if they are all something different or similar, they seem very different. What started out to be a little cut has grown all over my head and im balding. What could it be?!
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