Pimple like sores on back of scalp will not heal?

by (5) Updated June 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM Created May 23, 2012 at 3:07 AM

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?

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1855 · May 23, 2012 at 3:46 AM

Go to see a doctor. I wouldn't wait any longer.

742 · May 23, 2012 at 3:25 AM

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.

998 · November 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

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!

401 · May 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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.

646 · May 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Could it be a staph infection? I had similar spots that were persistent staph.

3029 · April 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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.

24412 · November 16, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Sounds like inflammatory ringworm, see your doctor or a dermatologist ASAP.

15380 · May 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

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!

823 · May 23, 2012 at 5:27 AM

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.

0 · June 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I have had this on and off for two years. It can be as simple as one to a handful. The seem to go away after a week or two and then the next month or two I can get them back. They are painful. Nothing but clear fluid comes out. It concerns me but there seems to be no answer. I think it is a heat rash and comes on with changing hormones. Anyone else having any luck with this? How do you treat it?

0 · May 08, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I had this problem for the last year, I tried anti dandruff shampoo, showering twice a day, changing my diet, etc. and no dice. Everything I read said the problem could be fungal, bacterial or other so I decided to just try a shampoo that was both antibacterial and antifungal, within a week they spots and lumps on my head cleared up - I'm well pleased and it turned out to be pretty cheap too (£8.20 for a very concentrated bottle), it's available from Amazon in the UK:

http://amzn.to/12UP0Ck (£8.20 for 150ml)

http://amzn.to/12UNMXG (£20.15 for 500ml) I'd recommend trying the smaller bottle first to see if it works

I tried to find it on the Amazon in the states but it doesn't seem to be for sale, I even tried to find a substitute based on the active ingredients but no luck so I suspect they aren't allow in the U.S. or use a different name.

Good luck

0 · April 20, 2013 at 5:53 AM

i have recntly come down with this painful and embarrasing condition too.it started out with just two or three.thy felt huge and full and tight,like thy needed to be popped.but i squeezed out only clear stuff,no stuff tht a pimple would have in it.pretty soon i ended up with like 20 or so of thm.thy are starting to hel,at least the older ones and i get new ones all the time.thy were all onmy scalp and in my hairline,and now i have a huge one on side o my neck,and it too wont pop,just clear stuff.this is so gross.i usually do get a couple year but never ths many and the oher ones i have been able to pop a few times,but not these.it hurts so bad,it even hurts to put my hair up becouse im scared of accedently pulling on the little hairs tht are in that same place the soars are.it hurts to pull my head forward,to move my neck at all,it just hurts so bad.if anybody rcognizes and has been thru it or something simular please let m know.thankyou,

0 · November 16, 2012 at 5:11 AM

I have had a similar problem since 2007. I started searching the internet for solutions and it seems very little progress has been made in resolving this problem. I saw all the specialist, both traditional and nontraditional. I got all kinds of answers ranging from bacteria, to fugus to toxins, etc. I was prescribed all kinds of oral medications, topicals, nutritional supplements, etc. But, in the meantime, I was pulling my hair out and had bald spots all over. And I went from long hair to hardly any hair at all. But, four months ago I started using a product that has tremendously helped with this annoying, embarrassing and painful problem. If you want to know more please email me at catarinarowley@gmail.com. If you want to see photos I will be glad to share them with you even though they are disgusting. I know how it feels to constantly try to conceal this embarrassing condition and I am more than willing to share what I have learned.

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