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Persistent Scalp Problem

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  • Posted By: Mr. Jones
  • August 18, 2009
  • 06:36 PM

It starts out itching like crazy, then pimples form, and then it gets really sore, and then pustules form and all the hair falls out around the pustules. These pustules will eventually pop and ooze out like a goo with the viscosity of snot. The hair will grow back.

When I was a teen I had acne on the scalp a bit, but after joining the service the condition worsened. The Military barber wouldn't even cut my hair because it covered such large area of my scalp. Military doctors tried everything from doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline, penicillin, and even the gonorrhea shot ( I'm not sure what that was)... all of which if they did work, only worked while I took them, and it only took days after I stopped using them that it would come back.

I expirimented with the condition in some ways as to pinpoint the cause, but am still stumped... some things I tried were:

-No hot water on my scalp (maybe the pores would open, and let in the bacteria, then when the scalp cooled they closed, trapping the bacteria in)

-I would wash my head twice a day with a brush and cold water.

-I would wash my head twice a day with a brush and hot water.

I also tried not touching my scalp ever, something that worked well with my facial acne.

I also noticed that there is a spot in which the acne always starts to come in first... it's right in the middle of my cowlick, then spreads downward.

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  • Pustules sounds a bit like ingrowing hairs that have gotten infected. To be honest I'm not sure what you could do about that.I do also get acne on my scalp that itch and turn into scabs. They can be large too I get a very itchy scalp too and I sued to use medicated shampoos for it, (polytar, nizorol etc.). None of them helped that much. Now I use E45 shampoo, because it hypoallergenic and un-perfumed so it doesnt irritate my scalp. It helps alot. It hasnt stopped acne outbreaks completely but when I get them they're not as bad because the shampoo doesnt irritate them. You could try E45 or any other hypoallergenic/un-perfumed shampoo.
    EstherDrabo 2 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 07:17 PM
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  • Thanks a lot, I will try E45.
    Mr. Jones 3 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 08:02 PM
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  • Have you ever been to a dermatologist ? Sounds like folliculitis or something to do with the hair follicles ?Samanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 09:48 PM
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  • Hi. I was wondering if you could help me out Mr. Jones? I saw that you had acne on your scalp when you went into the service. I'm going into the Air Force and I was wondering how it was during boot camp with scalp acne? Did they hold you back at all to treat you? I'm just worried about boot camp because they make the recruits shave there head.
    eman702 1 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
    • 03:10 PM
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  • Try colloidal silver.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
    • 05:08 PM
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  • Hi. I was wondering if you could help me out Mr. Jones? I saw that you had acne on your scalp when you went into the service. I'm going into the Air Force and I was wondering how it was during boot camp with scalp acne? Did they hold you back at all to treat you? I'm just worried about boot camp because they make the recruits shave there head.You'll find that the military won't seem to care much as to hold you back. They'll find a temporary solution and send you on your way. Unless it's severe. There was a guy who had to take prescription shots or his skin would rapidly regenerate for no reason under his already good skin. So pretty soon, his skin looked a lot like a ghoul from Fallout 3 (Video Game). It was red, crusty, peeling, and apparently it hurt like crap, but it covered his whole body, not just his scalp. You should be fine. As to previous responses to shampoos to try, I've tried the E-45 stuff and I've even tried many Special things with Coal Tar that's supposed to be good for your scalp... And am currently using Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo. None of these have affected my scalp at all.Just got back from Afghanistan, and I'm now out of the service... The Veterans Affairs will have to deal with me now... Either cure it, or hopefully give me some compensation.
    Mr. Jones 3 Replies
    • December 14, 2010
    • 10:39 PM
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  • Update.I've been dealing with the VA for some time now and they finally figured out what it is. Folliculitis Decalvans.Image reference below. Not my scalp, but exactly what it looks like when I stop taking meds.http://curezone.com/upload/_E_F_Forums/Folliculitis/Bredpitt/head3.jpgPretty much they told me there is no cure but have put me on Isotretinoin (Accutane/Amnesteem) 40mg once daily and Clindamycin 300mg three times daily.They told me they expect to keep me on it for a year, and I can hope for a 35% improvement. Anything is better at this point considering it's been 8 years since this started.I'll post another update when I'm off the meds and hopefully it's good news!
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