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03-04-2007, 04:02 PM
I did the big chop in July of 2006 and shortly afterward I noticed a small bump on my scalp. It later turned into a small open sore and today it is an all out mess. I went to my general physician in November and she told me it was a fungus, sort of like ringworm that kids get on the scalp. She prescribed an oral antibiotic and ketoconazole shampoo. The infection still has not gone away and in fact is getting much worse. My scalp is white and flaky with small bumps that ooze and smell when I wash my hair. It is embarassing and gross and it's keeping me from enjoying my natural hair. The doctor insists that I continue to use the shampoo, but it is NOT working!! I've also tried hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and lotrimen cream. Please Help!! I will try ANYTHING!

03-04-2007, 08:10 PM

It sounds like you have what is called a kerion. Although it is a type of ringworm infection, it responds better to antifungals taken by mouth. You might also benefit from a short course of corticosteroids. I recommend that you see a Dermatologist. He/she will at least do a biopsy or scraping and treat it. Your doctors first line treatment seems appropriate. However if the lesion is not getting better, you need to proceed to the next step. HTH.

03-05-2007, 09:57 AM
What kind of products are you putting on your hair and scalp?

03-05-2007, 11:59 AM
I think you should go to a dermatologist. A dermatologist would probably be more experienced with that type of infection that your general practitioner is. Also, make sure that you are keepin your scalp as dry as possible while the infection is healing. Keep us posted, I hope that this clears up soon.

03-05-2007, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the information and advice. I'm going to see my doctor and ask her to refer me to a dermatologist.

03-30-2007, 09:20 AM
I posted in another thread in this forum a couple of weeks ago about a small patch of breakage but now it has spread. I think I have an infection, I have an appt with my doc on Monday. The patch started out a circular ring, but now has expanded to the back of my head. It had one bump in Feb, but since then I haven't felt any bumps, soreness or irritation, it itches slightly....I am sooo UPSET....what if I have the kudees in my hair. I just want to cut the back of my hair ALL OFF!!

03-30-2007, 10:31 AM
i am dealing with the same thing

04-05-2007, 08:51 AM
get you some neem herb and boil it in water let it cool and rinise you scalp with it neem fights infection let me find the site i saw yesterday

here the link http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/11-2-2004-61097.asp

here the article
Herbs for Hair
Some ideas and insights into the upkeep of our crowning glory – the herbs way.
Our hair is actually protein matter called keratin. And news is- what we see on our head, the jungle of protein that we so passionately care about, is actually `dead’. The living part of the hair s below the surface of the scalp, called follicle, which supplies these dead cells to keep our mane flowing. At the base of the follicle is a cluster of living cells called the papilla, which eventually forms hair. Next to the follicle is the sebaceous gland that actually keeps the hair shiny and looking vibrant. Excessive sebum activity can make hair unduly oily while lack of sebum activity can make it dry and lifeless.

The hair follicle is fed by blood circulated around it, which is why a healthy body makes great looking hair. Anemia or a fall in blood count can affect the hair. In fact one can go to the extent of saying that an unhealthy body is first reflected in unhealthy hair.

This, in short is the geography of our hair. The most common complaints that every human faces some time in life are to do with hair loss, graying and lifeless hair. Irrespective of the color of your hair (decided by genetic predisposition, racial characteristics and of course, the color of the dye used), all of us face these problems in our lifetime.

The first thing that hair needs is a thorough oil massage which comes at a hefty price in hair specialists’ clinics but can be managed at a fraction of the cost at home. All you need is some authentic oils. Warm olive oil is one of the best alternatives since it nourishes as well as moisturizes the hair. Another good oil could be warmed coconut oil. The best, however, is one’s own oil, so a good brush every now and then is a great idea. However, oily hair can do without such vigorous handling of hair, so a fortnightly deep conditioning with warm oil is useful.

The remedies for other specific complaints are large in number and varied. What is however, common to all of them is, that they are all based on herbs, herbal extracts and are straight out of the kitchens of the East, but can be found in the Oriental and among exotic foods in western superstores too.

Let us take the problems one by one.

Lifeless hair can be easily remedied by a good oil massage and then perhaps, a regular henna conditioning. But graying and hair fall are graver. One has an option of taking drugs and harsh chemical treatments for these conditions, but a natural and herbal solution to the problem takes away the risk of undesirable after effects.

The first thing to know is that a certain number of hair shafts will fall everyday as a natural process. But if it exceeds about ten strands, there is cause for worry.

One of the most traditional and still very widely used treatments for promotion of hair growth naturally is henna. A herb that grows freely in the tropics, henna has been used since time immemorial to dye and condition hair as well as the skin. The court ladies in ancient India were known to dye their palms and fingernails red with crushed henna leaves, a practice that is still very much prevalent in India, during marriages and festivals. Henna, when made into a paste with other herbs and additives like gooseberry extract, maybe coffee and lemon juice, is an excellent cure for hair fall as well as lifeless hair. It also gives a auburn sheen to dark hair while tinting lighter color hair a rich deep red, with no counter effects of ammonia dyes.

In addition, one must continue the massage with warm oil routine. If fresh green coconut s available, try to massage in warm coconut milk in the hair and keep for about an hour and a half, wrapped in a towel. Then rinse with warm water. This can be done twice or thrice a week. For making hair still more soft and healthy, rub in Aloe Vera gel once a week and then rinse your hair. This should be done for at least two months for best results.

Sometimes, the reason for hair loss is some infection that is harming the follicle or the scalp and the best way to get rid of it is to wash air with water in which neem leaves have been boiled for about 5 minutes. Then this water is cooled, and used as a rinse for shampooed hair. Neem is a powerful disinfectant and completely harmless for the hair shaft. It also cures dandruff, (which again may be a cause for loss of hair).

Honey is another of nature’s gift to humankind, and is useful for solving almost every problem known to human body, both internal and external. Accordingly, a paste of warm olive oil with honey and a teaspoonful of cinnamon powder can be rubbed onto the scalp (not along hair), and left on for about 15 minutes before washing hair. It promotes hair growth and keeps hair soft and shiny. Alternately, a solution of extract of crushed olive leaves mixed with vinegar applied on hair, is also a great treatment for falling hair. A mixture of honey and egg yolk can also promote growth of hair, but leaves an unpleasant raw egg smell. This can be countered by the last rinse with lemon juice in warm water, which also acts as a conditioner.

Ayurveda recommends that one’s diet should be conducive to hair growth, a fact that modern medicine endorses. Accordingly, plenty of Vitamin A in the diet takes care of hair loss, so go for those green, leafy wonders like spinach, and tank up on salads, milk and sprouted beans. Proteins that promote hair growth could be buttermilk, wheat germ, Soya beans, whole grains and nuts. An interesting idea is to have a glass of water with one teaspoon of cider vinegar every day for two weeks.

Always remember, beautiful hair adds beauty to a personality and it is only a healthy body that can be capped with beautiful hair. So eat well, and make sure, no chemicals for your crowning glory. More on herbal remedies in the following articles.
By Kanika Goswami
Published: 11/3/2004

05-11-2007, 12:46 PM
Hey sweet tea I think i have the same thing u have. It made me loose some of my hair and my hairline. Since Ive been treating it my hairline has been growing back but its shorter than the rest of my hair and it dont look right. My husband doesnt even know I have it im so embarrased about it. It started out as a little bumpy scaly thing and then allof sudden its all over my head. It took me while to go to the doc because I was embarrased and trying to get rid of it on my own. Didnt work. When hubby went to Iraq I finally made an appointment. They gave me that same thing u got the Nizoral(ketoconazol) that didnt work. Then I was reffered to the derm. and he prescribed clobetasol, man that thing work so good, i think Im hooked on it. The downside is it comes in a tiny little bottle and in about a week its done. It gets my scalp back to normal, but after a week or so the stuff comes back! My derm told me that he has the condition too and whenever it flares up he uses the medication until it goes away. It seems I might be using this stuff forever, but I want it gone permamanently and to never come back. Even though I cant see it, he says the Nizoral(ket.shapmoo) is helping, so I use it just about everyday. He recently prescribed something called DermaSmooth for me. He said its not as strong as the clobetasol but Ill give it a try. This stuff is no fun.