I'm a woman in her 50's and have had about 5 dime sized sores on the back of my scalp that will not heal. They have been there for at least 6 months and have stayed the same. I have tried many different ways of treating them and have had no luck so far. Weather has changed here to summer in the midwest and nothing has really changed. If I can't figure it out I'll go the the dermatologist but I would like to know if anyone has had any experience with this?
Go to see a doctor. I wouldn't wait any longer.
Are you still eating dairy? If so, stop immeduatelty. I had a similar issue and once I got off Greek yogurt, my big, red, angry patch on the back of my hed clered up almost immediately.
I don't think mine were as big as yours, but I had what felt like pimples on the back of my my scalp that came and went for a few years. They would feel very full/tight, but were nearly impossible to pop (Gross, I know) and were so painful that I couldn't leave them alone. If I brushed even a finger against them, there was a horrible shooting pain.
The only thing that made them go away was J.R. Liggett's shampoo bar with tea tree oil. I've used a few other shampoo bars in the last few years and this is the only one that keeps the scalp pimples away, and that also keep my head flake-free (I don't have dandruff, but my scalp become incredibly dry and sheds excessively). The other shampoo bars I've tried that didn't work have not had tea tree oil, so I'm inclined to say that that's what makes it work for me.
Regardless, if the sores are bacterial or fungal in nature, tea tree oil would probably nip it right in the bud, although I'd also recommend that you get them looked at by a dermatologist just in case.
See a dermatologist. There are probably many possibilities but I used to get awful bumps on the nape of my neck and scalp that seemed like pimples but they were big dermatitis herpetiformis bumps. I'd get discreet bumps like this more often than I would the large patches of multiple small blisters. Even after I went glutenfree I'd still get these, especially if I cheated (before I knew I was celiac) or got a little cross-contamination. Even if a person with DH is glutenfree a long time, the antibodies to gluten are still trapped under the skin and the rash can be activated with very small amounts of gluten or iodine (iodine is necessary to create the rash), too much sun exposure maybe. It can take up to ten years for the antibodies to clear up. Here's a nape of neck example - you can see how it would be easy to mistake this for pimples or something else... good luck!
Definitely. Go to the doctor (two months ago) AND stop dairy if you take it. Derm things, especially mysterious, un-healing derm things, should always be looked at by a doc. They spend their training looking at things so they can diagnose things. They diagnose things that others docs don't recognize.
It is hard to say since we don't know what they look like. A friend of mine had "pimples" on the back of her head - they turn out to be shingles. Look at Google images for shingles and see if they look familiar.
Good luck and find a very good dermatologist!
I had the same thing. Came after staying a couple nights in Cancun (Vacation nightmare because two hotels had the same name-the right one was in the Riveria). ND diagnosed it ringworm and apple cider vinegar undiluted killed it.
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