Itchy, painful, sores,and hair loss

by Deann Daniel
(Newark, DE)

I always wore brads in my hair.but now I'm wearing wigs because of the severe hair loss. I've wore braids about 27 years. Unitl, I noticed thinning in the crown of my head. Lately, it flares up with tiny bumps or soreness and is very painful in the top of my head. I was using some cream for the pain around my house called mentax,cortisone.peroxide, alcohol shampoos and conditioners It would stop the pain and heal the scalp, but the hair still broke off.and the flare up in my scalp would come back when ever. It has left a trail of breakage from the crown to the front of my head and down the sides. I decided to seek help at the Hair club but that did not stop my hair loss and they could not believe it. I made an appointment to a white dermatologist and she said come back when the head was inflammed. I m now seeking out a black dermatologist.Some of the stories I'm reading sound like my hair problem. You descirbe it as neurodermatitis. How do i help this problem or rid the inflammation to my scalp for good.

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Feb 16, 2009
Sore Itchy Scalp For Years in Delaware
by: Seymour M. Weaver, III, M.D.

Since you are continuing to have pain and irritation of your scalp in spite of your previous treatment, you still need help.

The bumps and pain that you describe are most often due to a bacterial infection, however a fungal scraping or culture may be appropritate to make sure that you do not have a ringworm infection of your scalp as well. It is possible to have more than one problem going on at the same time.

Neurodermatitis is associate with itching and sometimes soreness, but not bumps of the type you describe, unless there is a secondary bacterial infection present.

I am not sure if you are close to Michellsville, Maryland but if you are, then I would recommend that you make an appointment to see Dr. Valerie Callendar, M.D who practices there and get another evaluation done. If you are closer to Philadelphia then you can make an appointment to see Dr. Louis Brown, M.D. who practices in that area.

The sooner you get this problem taken care of, the better your quality of life will be.

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