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Scalp irritation and hair loss

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 23, 2007
  • 04:52 AM

For the past year I have had scalp irritation and patchy hair loss on the crown of my head. It is red and inflamed. I have seen two dermatologists and my primary care physician for a blood test to check for a bunch of stuff. The dermatologists put me on minocycline for 5 months which helped slightly initially and then plaquinol which didn't help. I also used Olux foam and loprox shampoo to no avail. I am a 31 year old woman and fear I will be bald if I can't figure out how to fix this. I have always had fine thin hair but this is terrible.
Thanks for any information.

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  • try Arbonne hairloss shampoo & conditioner, my mother-in-law had the same type of issue & it helped her. Or try sulfate-free shampoo.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 02:34 PM
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  • I had a very similar issue and the doctors threw a lot of the same prescriptions at it. The meds also worked for me, but only for a very short time.I was having other problems too, so I was looking for a broader answer and I found what was causing my itch. Its called dermatitis herpetiformis in my case, and for me it was being caused by a food intolerence. As soon as I stopped eating wheat/rye/barley the hair stopped falling out. Unfortunately, the itching is still there. Its not nearly as bad as it was but its definately still there. They say some itching can last up to 10 years after the new diet. They also gave people with DH poison ivy, and asked them which one itched worse. The test subjects said the DH was worse by far. This solution may or may not work for you - but I had to share the intensity of the itching so maybe you understand even if we have different causes I definately "feel" what you're going through.So, if you find symptoms in other places of the body and it seems unrelated, don't be so sure! Doctors like to focus in on one thing but they go blind from tunnel-vision and specialization. Make sure you discuss EVERYTHING with your doctor, and if there's absolutely nothing else, it could be tough to find a diagnosis :(
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 02:54 PM
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