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Friday, September 26, 2008 Pokie, Community Member, asks

Q: I have head sores break out in my head for 12 years, they call it anxiety, but nothing has worked

Dermatologist sent me to pyschiatrist cause he said it was anxiety.  Well, evidentlly the pyschiatrists do not know how to treat it.   I have suffered for 12 years.  It is severe pain when the bumps break out in my scalp.  They have given me every blood test possible and say it is just anxiety and just like people who have cancer, you have to deal with it.

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9/28/08 2:36pm

Pokie - That sounds very painful and very tiresome. I am curious about the medications that you have been prescribed; how often the bumps actually break out; what's going on in your life when that happens; and what behavioral therapies you have engaged in to help manage this "anxiety". Send a little more information and let's see if there might be some help for this.

 

Rick Wirtz

 

Rick Wirtz is a Psychologist, not a Psychiatrist. Although the majority of Psychologists are not authorized to prescribe medications or give you specific advice about them, they typically have experience working with patients who take a variety of medications. The response above is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own physician.

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lakshmigauhri, Community Member
9/12/12 12:27pm

I have htis for 28 years; and anitbacterials like clynimicin , and peanut oil, and zinc; and wellbutrin; but nothing helps; I am comoodity trader and lost 35k today; so really bad; but it is always there chronic since 1985.  I have tried every shampoo; and thought it fungal but it is not; it is affliction that will never go away, except suicide

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Cara, Community Member
11/ 6/08 3:17pm

I have them when I am stressed and when I am stressed I eat a high amount of carbohydrates.  I was successful by self-medicating.  I eat yogurt every day to balance yeast levels and only consume complex carbohydrates.  I also use Head and Shoulders for Oily Hair two to three times per week.  I hope this helps you :)

 

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KMK, Community Member
12/10/09 12:43pm

"I also use Head and Shoulders for Oily Hair two to three times per week."

Have you tried using a shampoo without sodium (Laureyl/Laureth) Sulfates?  This helped me.

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Linda, Community Member
11/18/13 9:46pm

the same thing happened to me and I am sure stress is related. I used T/plus tar -coal shampoo and it helps - until it reapears again .

 

 

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Paula, Community Member
1/ 1/09 9:17pm

I have had this same problem for about 6 months, and I too have seen a regular dr. as well as a dermatologist.  The dermotologist scraped the worst area on my head and it came back positive for staff infection.  I have tried 2 rounds of cipro antibiotics and they seem to help, but the problem just keeps coming back.  My dermatologist has suggested that it is anxiety (i am under a lot of stress) and has put me on antivam (sp.).  This is specifically for panic attacks (which I do not have) but I am very anxious most of the time, so I am willing to try it.  I will let you know if this helps.  You are right, this is very painful and no one else realizes what you go through unless you have it.  Also, I have very thin hair as well as being 4ft. 11 so I am very self conscious about my scalp.

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Darlene, Community Member
11/10/09 10:14pm

I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. In the past few years I have experienced sores in my head. I am continuously scratching and picking at them until they bleed. Anything that you can offer is very helpful. I keep my shoulder length hair in a pony tail at the top of my head - very tight. I haven't been to a salon in over 4 years. My hair is very thin and comes out when I shampoo. My anxiety and panic is so very bad that I haven't been to a doctor for this problem. I just sit @ night and pick at my head. I do not use illegal drugs; the doctor has prescribed paxil for my depression and anxiety; and other rx drugs for my other problems. Please respond. This condition is very annoying. Thanks so much..

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KarmicOoze, Community Member
11/ 9/12 1:40pm

I had this exact experience and it was EXTREMELY painful - I suspect this is what the OP has contracted.  Stress weakens the immune system which certainly doesn't help rid the body of an infection.  I too tried the antibiotics - they did nothing but make it worse.
It's important that your scalp is receiving an adequate blood-flow.  I found that after showing I would comb my hair.  As a man, I would normally just towel dry, gel and go.  I take some more time now to dry better and to comb, stimulating the hair folicles and scalp. 
I had suffered from this for approx. 15 years and it has finally cleared up.

Also, DON'T pick at them!  You can spread the infection to other parts of your body and this definitely makes it worse.  I would have to time my haircut appointments to times when the outbreak wasn't too bad - still, I've had barbers comment...oh, did you hit your head...did something bite you, etc.
The more you stress about it, the worse it gets.  Relax.

Also, I took antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications for years, WITH the problem...don't fall for this doctor's crutch.  They prescribe medications for EVERYTHING.  I wouldn't be surprised if they prescribed a pill for a hang-nail. If they don't feel like finding out what's wrong, they just give you some pill.  It's insanity.  Stop taking that crap, it didn't help me.  All it did was make the pharmacutical companies richer.

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chris, Community Member
1/ 4/09 11:51pm

dermatoligist put me on anti boticits 1workedfor a month and cleared it then i could not be on it any longer due to the health risks the doctor said so a day after treatment it started all coming back then they keep putting me on antibotics that were safe andthe sores just get worse this been going on for five years i think the doctor just try to suck your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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laura, Community Member
7/19/10 2:07am

have you tried dry vitamin A?  it completely healed the exema on my daughter's feet when nothing else would. As a young mom, I hurt for her at age 5, till an elderly lady in the health food store gave me the advice.  Thankyou Sylvia! Great advice, I have tried to pass the help on.

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notagain, Community Member
10/16/10 1:32am

Long time sufferer here as well. I have found that doxycycline works perfectly, IF I cut my fingers nails off and KEEP THEM OUT OF MY HAIR AND OFF MY SCALP! The sores come when the stress arrives, not necessarily negative stress (i.e. Christmas) just andreline gland assult. This throws off my pH and makes my scalp a perfect environment for the strep/staph bacteri to make my head feel like a giant golf ball! Thank God for my huge '80's hair. Doc and I think it's a type of impetigo, and because during certain times (seasons=stress+allerigan variations) our bodies don't fight back well. The bacteria lives in your sinuses and (this is gross part) when we cry, we blow our nose, when we sneeze, yep, blow our nose, nose itch, scratch it, and when we are stressed? We pick at the sores on our heads. We then transfer the hitch hiking bacteria to new areas, via our finger nails. I also thank God I don't bite my nails! But then again why would I when I am busy picking at my head! So my self awareness changes, making my keep my nails short and sometime I will put on fake nails so I dont have any sharp tools. Keeping the spot clean and dry is key. I will keep some alcohol wipes (the little packets) available to dab the areas if I catch myself touching, and clean my nails. If I mind my fingers, or keep them busy, and don't pick, they are usually gone in a week - 10 days. pH balance is also hard to balance if you have any type of blood sugar issues and/or eat rich sweet foods, and/or drink alcohol. Good luck to all out there who suffer, hope this will provide some reprieve.

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dfskier, Community Member
8/ 6/11 10:45am

Check out how your liver functions and make sure you eating right and taking care of your liver.  You will see a difference.

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NanaRCR, Community Member
5/14/12 4:06pm

All of the above is good advice. It is the zinc in the Head and Shoulders that aids in healing and zinc oxide is great for any rash and safe enough for a baby's diaper rash. Your painful blisters before itching and shedding sound like my excema. Then scratching exacerbates the issue and the area becomes inflamed, allowing the normal staph/strep bacteria that we carry naturally on our bodies to become overgrown and develop a secondary infection.  After years of managing excema on my hands, scalp and the rest of my body I've discovered something that helps the medicine work: I took up knitting. I can watch tv, listen to the radio, audio books and keep my hands occupied with a project at all times. Along with keeping my nails short, keeping my hands occupied is the single best treatment I've found.  I also like to occasionally wash my hair with pure olive oil soap available at online drugstores and healthfood stores - both olive oil and coconut oil help soothe irritation and balance the bacteria load. You might try carving, assembling models, anything you can do with your hands so they won't have a chance to be digging at your scalp. Of course keeping fingernails short goes without saying.  Good luck to you!

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WE78, Community Member
5/15/12 1:53pm

THIS IS A BUNCH OF BULL. THESE PEOPLE NEED TO GET A FUCKING LIFE!THANK YOU MY NAME PATIENCE BOOTYMEAT.SealedTongue out

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john, Community Member
10/23/12 8:45am

The same problem i have from last 9 years, i am agreed i had bad fase in my life in 2003. after that every thing has been sorted. but still i am getting sore scalp pain, anxious, uncomfort in work and pain getting worse after consumption of  alcohol. tried so many doctors, all are saying its anxiety, i dont know where is anxity and how to solve this.

i know this is very annoying condition whoever is suffering from this condition. because no body is believe on us including our friend. i had some excercise in july 2005 that time for some time i got relief from the pain.

lets hope we will have some better future.

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Raven, Community Member
3/ 9/13 10:39pm

I have had the same problem for years, I have did years of research and once I found what works I just had to come back and post this. I cut my hair REALLY short almost bald. After you cut it wash it and let it air dry. Get Tea Tree oil and neosporin from walmart both for less than $10. Rub the neosporin on the sores and bumps then the tea tree oil, I suggest doing this during the day and not at the night the oil will rub off on your pillow. I can HONESTLY say I was seeing results the next day. I applied both a couple times a day sometimes I would pick at them and when I felt the urge I would just rub more tea tree oil. I almost cried knowing I had found something to help me with a problem I have been having for years. If this works for you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE repost on other trends!

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Raven, Community Member
3/ 9/13 10:38pm

I have had the same problem for years, I have did years of research and once I found what works I just had to come back and post this. I cut my hair REALLY short almost bald. After you cut it wash it and let it air dry. Get Tea Tree oil and neosporin from walmart both for less than $10. Rub the neosporin on the sores and bumps then the tea tree oil, I suggest doing this during the day and not at the night the oil will rub off on your pillow. I can HONESTLY say I was seeing results the next day. I applied both a couple times a day sometimes I would pick at them and when I felt the urge I would just rub more tea tree oil. I almost cried knowing I had found something to help me with a problem I have been having for years. If this works for you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE repost on other trends!

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By Pokie, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/09/14, First Published: 09/26/08