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Been battling severe folliculitis on back of head for 8 mo. I've taken Minocyline, Doxycycline and multiple topicals to no avail. Any suggestions?

Been battling severe folliculitis on back of head for 8 mo. I've taken Minocyline, Doxycycline and multiple topicals to no avail. Any suggestions?

Folliculitis: If you have a difficult to treat folliculitis, you probably should see a dermatologist to get help. Since you had no relief with the treatments you mentioned, another antibiotic choice would be Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Sometimes in difficult to treat cases you may have to take the antibiotic for a month or more. Good luck. ...Read more

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Folliculitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a ...Read more


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So I have 3 swollen nodes that hurt on neck and back of head seen doc says folliculitis and there just doing there job high anxiety is this normal?

So I have 3 swollen nodes that hurt on neck and back of head seen doc says folliculitis and there just doing there job high anxiety is this normal?

Many would: Have anxiety upon first discovery but anxiety after the doctor gave you the all clear might be out of control anxiety. Check with a psychologist if your anxiety persists or intensifies ...Read more

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I had been on isotretinoin (twice) and always had severe hair loss and folliculitis. Will the hair grow back or is it permanent loss?

I had been on isotretinoin (twice) and always had severe hair loss and folliculitis. Will the hair grow back or is it permanent loss?

Normally reversible: Isotretinoin induced hair loss is normally reversible if you stop using the drug. However you should have a full evaluation because it is possible that you have hair loss for some other reason. ...Read more

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For My 7 yrs boy, sticky dry hair falling found on crown of head getting bald past 5 months and it extends its area mostly downwards back of head, it is by hair problem or any internal and who to seek medical help?

For My 7 yrs boy, sticky dry hair falling found on crown of head getting bald past 5 months and it extends its area mostly downwards back of head, it is by hair problem or any internal and who to seek medical help?

Alopecia vs fungus: Child probably is developing alopecia. It would be important also to rule out a fungal infection of the scalp. Best would be to see a dermatologist who can do a Woods light examination and a KOH prep and tell you the diagnosis and treatment right away. If it is Alopecia he will also be able to guide you properly and reassure you. If required further work up can also be initiated. ...Read more

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4 y/o with bald spot on back of head. Scalp seems normal no itching at all but getting bigger. Causes? Pediatrician or Dermatology visit in order?

Bald spot: Many possible causes including simply being on his/her back too much. I would advise seeing the baby's pediatrician first, they should be able to determine the cause and generally you should be able to see your pediatrician a lot sooner than a dermatologist. Good luck ...Read more

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Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Folliculitis/acne: folliculitis and acne may both become infected by bacterial contamination. The benzoyl peroxide will help for acne; however, the folliculitis may require both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Hair loss on back of head with little red spots?

Hair loss on back of head with little red spots?

Scalp hair loss: If patchy, see a dermatologist. If generally thinned hair, get your hormone levels checked. Can also occur due to severe stress and rarely some medications. ...Read more

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Large painful, throbbing lump in back of head and neck, hair loss in same spot, and migraines everyday in the exact location.

Large painful, throbbing lump in back of head and neck, hair loss in same spot, and migraines everyday in the exact location.

It may be a cyst: In the skin of your scalp. If you have a mass there got checked out by your primary doctor, it could be as simple as a skin cyst that can be quickly removed. ...Read more

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My 8 year old son suffered from folliculitis. He now has had a patch in his head for the past 2 months. Will his hair ever grow back?

My 8 year old son suffered from folliculitis. He now has had a patch in his head for the past 2 months. Will his hair ever grow back?

Maybe: The hair bearing areas are tolerant to some localized disturbance & will often regrow hair after the inflammation settles down. If significant scarring occurs, it can leave a hairless patch. If bothersome to a kid as they grow older, the area can be cut out & the remaining scalp stretched & re-aligned to cover the defect. ...Read more

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My 10 yr old daughter suddenly has a bald patch on the back of her head. What would cause this? She is a normal healthy girl.

My 10 yr old daughter suddenly has a bald patch on the back of her head. What would cause this? She is a normal healthy girl.

The: The six main causes of patchy hair loss in an otherwise healthy child are:
1.) tinea capitus - which is ringworm on the scalp. It looks like scaly patched of hairloss, sometimes with black dots on the scalp. It's caused by a fungal infection and is treated by an oral anti-fungal medication called griseofulvin.
2.) alopecia areata - which is an area of hair loss thought to be caused by an immune reaction. The body mistakenly takes a hair follicle as a foreign object and fights it causing loss of hair in that area. 5% of people with this will progress to alopecia totalis which is loss of all the hair on the scalp. There is no cure, but treatment with steroids can help.
3.) trichotillomania - which is caused by picking or pulling the hair out in a specific area. It is usually caused by stress and improves with counseling.
4.) vitamin deficiency - less common since most kids in the us have a balanced diet. Zinc, biotin and iron deficiency can cause hair loss - more likely overall than patchy.
5.) telogen effluvium - a stressor such as a high fever, surgery, death of a loved one, or other stress can cause an interruption of the hair cycle and shedding all at once. Once the stressor goes away, the hair usually grows back normally.
6.) endocrine problems - such as low thyroid hormone which can cause thinning hair.

You should contact your child's doctor and have her examined. Her doctor may be able to diagnose why she is losing her hair and how to treat it. ...Read more

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My 11 week old daughter has a swelling on the back of her head, she has a bald patch where she lies but instead of it being flat its bulging?

My 11 week old daughter has a swelling on the back of her head, she has a bald patch where she lies but instead of it being flat its bulging?

Hairless patch: If it doesn't hurt her, and isn't red or irritated, then it probably isn't anything to be worried about. Kids turn their heads to track things all the time and they tend to lose hair in that are due to friction. It always comes black. ...Read more

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I have alopecia areata I had it for 3years im 19 years old, I have bald patches quarter sizes on the top and back of my head. The bald patches come and go they move around my head I wanna know what treatment to take to gain my full head of hair back, I

No specific med: In all forms of alopecia areata, the hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal. In all cases, hair regrowth may occur even without treatment and even after many years. There are no fda approved treatments specifically for alopecia areata, but you can try cortisone injection, topical monixidil, Anthralin cream. ...Read more

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Tiny bald patch above lip, mustache hair. From using trimmer? Or something else? Hair is not growing back

Tiny bald patch above lip, mustache hair. From using trimmer? Or something else? Hair is not growing back

Alopecia Areata: This sounds like it might be alopecia areata, which commonly presents as roundish bald patches in the scalp or other areas. This may be an auto-allergy to your own hair follicles. I'd recommend you see your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and discussion of treatment options. If it is alopecia areata, cortisone creams or properly done cortisone injections can stimulate regrowth of the hair. ...Read more

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I am having scalp folliculitis. My pimple on the head has lessen. I am having small white paches. What is the remedy for the hair to grow back?

I am having scalp folliculitis. My pimple on the head has lessen. I am having small white paches. What is the remedy for the hair to grow back?

If there is NO: Scarring at the site, you can try rogaine (minoxidil). Lumigan grows hair quite well too; however, lumigan/latisse is a crazy expensive way unless this is a very small spot. There are some other oral meds too out there, just ask your doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

Multiple answers: You really need to see a doctor to find out what is going on and get proper treatment, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I was 15 when I had a bald smooth spot ehich now all grown back. Now thinning all over my head. I'm 25 female and its been thinning for years.

Sounds like u had AA: Alopecia Areata can spontaneously regrow hair but if you are now noticing thinning all over I would go in to see a derm. We always worry about thyroid and iron deficiency, but AA can also be more extensive. Find a dermatologist and get some answers, they will likely order blood work and may consider a biopsy ...Read more

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I noticed my beard has a few bald patches on one side of my fave and also a bald patch on the right size of my head about 2x2cm. What to do? : (

I noticed my beard has a few bald patches on one side of my fave and also a bald patch on the right size of my head about 2x2cm. What to do? : (

Alopecia: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it w/medication. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why is it that I can pull my hair out so easily? When I wash my hair it falls out easily. The back of my head is balding now. What might be causing it

Why is it that I can pull my hair out so easily? When I wash my hair it falls out easily. The back of my head is balding now. What might be causing it

Alopecia: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it w/medication. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My child has a bald patch where he bumped his head, is this normal?

My child has a bald patch where he bumped his head, is this normal?

Coincidence: Only way to find out is to have your pediatrician take a look. For your own peace of mind make an appointment. ...Read more

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Does having a small hairless (not very visible) space at the top back of the head a sign of going bald? (Age 20)

Does having a small hairless (not very visible) space at the top back of the head a sign of going bald? (Age 20)

Ain't necessarily so: If your parents went bald at an early age that is a much stronger indicator. If it's in your genetic inheritance then it is. Anyhow you can get a workup and learn to deal with it. ...Read more

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I have a bald patch on the left side of my head about 3 inches in size, I have allways had it and so does my cousin. What can I do?

I have a bald patch on the left side of my head about 3 inches in size, I have allways had it and so does my cousin. What can I do?

Alopecia areata: Your dermatologist might have a way to help. Local injection of steroid, cream to irritate/stimulate/inflamme bald spots (called irritant contact dermatitis) or hair transplant all have been tried with some success. ...Read more

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Hi there I'm starting to get 2-3 different bald patches on my head some bigger than others I'm only 25 is this common for people my age?

Genetics: All depends on your genes. If you have other men in your family that are bald or balding then you likely are experiencing male patterned baldness. If you have other associated symptoms might be worth checking your thyroid level as well. Talk to your doctor about your concerns, there are products/procedures/medications that can limit hair loss if you catch it early enough ...Read more

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I suddenly have a 1.5" diameter patch of baldness on my head. It may have always been there but I have recently noticed it. Is that ok? I'm scared.

I suddenly have a 1.5" diameter patch of baldness on my head. It may have always been there but I have recently noticed it. Is that ok? I'm scared.

Called alopecia: It is a very common problem. Treatment is simple and almost always successful. Please see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Help my girlfriend has alopecia, bald patches on her head. Are there any remedies to this? Is there anything she could do or change to help stop this.

See a dermatologist: A dermatologist needs to see your girlfriend to examine what is going on. Discrete bald spots suggests alopecia areata. This can often resolve on its own but sometimes requires injection of the patches with a low concentration of a steroid. This can help reduce any inflammation that may be preventing the hair from growing. ...Read more

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