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Posted by: Kritik | 2006/11/10

Allopecia

THe doctors diagnosed me with allopecia, the problem I have is that I have had this for 3 years. It starts with something like a boil growing under my scalp. After it grows to a certain size it stops growing, its very painful. Then when it loses size the hair starts to fall off. I am fine with the hair loss, what is going on with the lumps on my head, i have been two four doctors already. HELP

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Dear Kritik
I think you could be getting kerion, a fungal infection of the scalp - see http://dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu/derm/result.cfm?Diagnosis=850027489
It must be treated by an antifungal medicine called griseofulvine

A kerion is a boggy, oozing inflammation of the scalp caused by tinea capitis, that is ringworm of the scalp. It is apparently caused by an allergic reaction to the fungus. The scalp becomes swollen, mushy, and oozes a characteristic mixture of yellow fluid and pus, and there is considerable hair loss. The disease is much more common in patients of African-American descent.

Topical potions are of no help in treating a kerion. The patient must take oral medicine, most often griseofulvin (Grifulvin V® and other preparations), for quite a long time. About six weeks of treatment is usually needed. It is given once a day with a fatty meal (whole milk, cheese, french fries, etc.). Because of concerns about possible toxicity from such long term therapy, your doctor may get some blood work and a urine test about four weeks into treatment to check the blood, urinary system and liver functions. Sometimes oral steroids are given for severe kerion because the sore may leave some permanent scarring, loss or discoloration of the hair.
http://www.drhull.com/EncyMaster/K/kerion.html


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