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Scalp Infection Hair Loss
I have this scalp infection on top of my head, it's round and comes and goes usually from sweat. Hair loss and tender skin around it. What is it?
Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more
Can a fungal infection on scalp cause hair loss? I saw derm but just said stress. I suspect fungal infection, what exact test do I ask for?
Go back to your derm: Ask for culture, KOH prep & trial of Ketaconizole shampoo, tho a weaker strength is avail over the counter ...Read more
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
Health good no scalp infection, illness. Did excessive ejaculation of sperm fr 2 yrs increase testosterone level very high cause baldness at age20?
No: So testosterone (t) is converted into dihydrotestosterone (dht) which is can cause hair loss. Therefore, higher t might lead to higher dht. But those w/normal t can have relatively higher dht, too. Don't forget that genetics has a big factor in hair loss (think male pattern baldness) so look at your dad, his brothers (your uncles), your dad's dad, etc, & your brothers. Medications can lower dht. ...Read more
Possibly but...: The chances of regrowth depend on a lot of factors. The amount of area involved, the type of infection (i.e fungal), the duration of infection, and the treatment used/needed. A dermatologist should probably be consulted in case scalp injections can help to stimulate hair regrowth. Time may be of the essence in getting evaluated/treated, so please followup promptly. ...Read more
Treat the infection: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more
What is the pattern of hair loss/thinning if there were a fungal infection on scalp? Would the hair be thinning in specific places only?
Why do you ask?: The skin looks different if it is fungal infected. ...Read more
My scalp was infected with fungal infection with hair loss. But now infection got away. But how to recover hair loss?? Plz suggest me
Is scalp fungal infection obvious in physical exam by derm? Have hair loss- not itchy, scalp clean. See alot fuzz on brush- should I ask for a culture?
Hair loss, but no specific patches. Can u have a fungal infection on scalp without redness, itching, or typical signs/patterns?
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Hair loss, suspect might be fungal infection of scalp. Derm took sample of my hairs from brush for culture. Will culture show if it's in fact fungal?
Maybe: A biopsy scraping culture fluorescent light exam combined were some of these will usually diagnose scalp infection ...Read more
What medications treat hair & scalp fungal infection from candida albicans? Cbc positive for candida albicans, had oral thrush, now pain in scalp, hair loss with visible budding yeast & pseudohyphae.
Depends: It depends on the type of infection. See your doctor for proper examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Refer to tx: Avoid using his comb since it can be transmitted to. Other humans or animals. ...Read more
Chronic Scalp infection with hairfall & lymphoplamacytes infiltrate in subepithlial stroma. Which infection is it? Please tell?
See a dermatologist: Do not assume an infection. There are various diagnoses, including but not exclusive to infections. An exam and possibly tests may illuminate the cause and thus lead to a cure. ...Read more
Dr presc. Ketoconazole for scalp infection, but my scalp is still itchy and it burns. Why hasn't it gone away & how can I cure this?
Not sure, but...: It could be that the medication is not potent enough - may require an additional agent. Or could be that the diagnosis is incorrect. You need to talk to your prescribing doc to figure this out. ...Read more
I think I have scalp infection. Have rashes, pimples, Extreme dandruff, lymph nodes back of neck. How to confirm it and get rid off it?
You should see a dermatologist, in the meantime applied a shampoo
which will be useful for fungal and bacterial infections.
It also will be useful, if you could have your hair cut Short.
As you have lymph nodes in your neck is quite possible that you have
an ongoing infection, you will require culture and sensitivity of the organism
and started on antibiotics ...Read more
Sir I got cervical lymph nodes. 67% lymphocytes in blood and 25% neutrophiles. And 1~2 lymph nodes on my back head. My doctor said it is due to dandruff and scalp infection. Pls help me..
Do not worry: Your age, the size and locations of the lymph nodes are suggesting a benign reaction protected by a normal immune response. Please do not worry and just wait sometime And resume contact later with your MD if nodes and relative percent of lymphocytes persist more than 3 months. My sense is you are in good shape and normally react to local infection. If you have other symptoms, pls see a doc now. ...Read more
Vancomycin IV- 10 days/bacteremia, had hair loss before taking it, I attributed to infection-now more. Can vanco cause hair loss and will it subside?
Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more
Hair loss infection: Given these symptoms you may have a thyroid problem. I would see an endocrinologist to be sure. ...Read more
Yes.: Hair "turns over" (sheds and regrows) faster than anything else in the body; so anything, especially a severe infection, can cause that turnover to accelerate. It's called a "telogen effluvium", and your hair will regrow once the infection is treated successfully. But it will take awhile, usually weeks to months. ...Read more
Really no: Tinea capitis is very familiar. Although selenium sulfide dandruff shampoos can slow it down, it's best treated by systemic anti-fungal medicines that a physician needs to prescribe, as they are themselves toxic. There's a great medscape review: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1091351-overview. ...Read more
Blood positive for streptococcus pneumoniae, treated with meds, but wonder if this infection could have been cause of any hair loss?
Had major infection, treated w/ meds, ok now. IF this was cause of my recent hair loss- how long for it to stop falling and regrow now that im ok?
Had bacteremia from sinuses. Hair loss for 5 months and worst right before diagnosis. Can my bad sinus infection then bacteremia relate to my hair loss?
Probably not: 98% of sinusitis is viral not bacterial. That is why the standard of care is to wait for 2 was before taking antibiotics. Viral infections don't respond to antibiotics though they do seem to respond to tincture of time. One of my great attendings at Columbia on rounds used to say "Don't just do something. Stand here and wait." Still wise advise. See a dermatologist about your hair loss. ...Read more
Hair loss, F- derm said telogen effluvium- bloodwork ok, no other med probs, no fam history of hair loss-no fungal infection. How long can it last?
Ask the derm: The DR who determined you have telogen effluvium should discuss it in detail. Be sure she answers all your questions. What is the specific cause of your problem? There are many possible. This is very important. Typical telogen lasts about 3 months. If present less than 6 months it is acute. If over 6 months it is chronic. The circumstances causing it determine the duration. ...Read more
Severe muscle aches recur infections nausea hair loss malaise for 9 months ANA pos WBC norm married 5 years, could it be HIV from before marriage?
Recent hair loss, F. Thyroid, hormones, iron, zinc, vitamins OK. Derm did exam, looked under microscope, no fungal infection. Just wait it out? Worried
Elevated liver enzymes elevated platelets positive ANA fatigue hair loss muscle weakness joint pain frequent infections docs say idiopathic?
See Rheumatologist: I would recommend that you see a rheumatologist for a consultation. ...Read more
I have psoriasis on my scalp, can that cause hair loss/female pattern baldness? My father has psoriasis.
Possibly: Consult a dermatologist and get checked for autoimmune illness. ...Read more
I'm 31m begining to show first signs of hair loss s@ back of my scalp. Does rogain or minoxidil really workk?
Yes, they may: Although, they may work for you, i'd recommend to rule out other possible causes of hair loss such as thyroid disease and/or anemia. If there is none of those, and you exhibit male baldness pattern, you may try rogaine (minoxidil). I'd not go for Minoxidil (oral) as it does have a higher incidence of side effects. ...Read more
Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more