Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Uhmm? What is going on with my scalp?

Just writing this is making me itch…here we go

What's up Young Loves, so last week the weather was torture.  I mean almost a disgusting 90 and above degrees every day in NYC.  I’m chocolate, so you know I melt.  Anyway, two Sundays ago I was out for a lovely walk in park.  

Riverbank Park in Harlem, NYC Dress: XXI

WTH was I thinking right?  Not sure.  I started to feel my neck starting to itch furiously.  Once I got home I took my pony tail out and ran to the bathroom, sat on the toilet and scratched the hell out of my scalp.  I’m talking bout’ I used a comb, brush, pen, screw driver anything I could find.   OMG I swore I had lice, or got bit my something.  So, when I looked at my neck in the mirror

Be prepared for very descriptive details, but I need you to understand my suffering.

There were these huge, flaky, crusty, red blotches that were also bleeding on the back of my neck.  Have you ever seen a guy who recently cut his hair and then gets those bumps on the back of his neck (gag) it’s called “barbershop” infections but it’s medically term is folliculitis.  So wouldn’t you know that the Wednesday prior, I was preparing for my birthday (insert link) and my salon was closed once I got there because the AC was broken.  I was so desperate and went to a different hair salon nearby.  I should have known to avoid a salon where it’s completely empty! 

So here I was, staring at my scalp, cussing and screaming thinking I caught something from this salon.  The following Monday, I called my doctor’s office to see if I could come in because I could no longer sit at my desk scratching my scalp like some kind of mental patient with a flesh eating skin virus.  (I’m telling you I had all types of thoughts going through my mind)

The doctor basically diagnosed it as Seborrheic Dermatitis or folliculitis.  (Google and I been figured that out, but whatever I gave them my $15 co-pay anyway)

FYI: “Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin disorder affecting the scalp, face, and torso.  Typically, Seborrheic Dermatitis presents with scaly, flaky, itchy, and red skin.  Symptoms appear gradually and usually the first signs are flaky skin and scalp.”  (Source: Wikipedia)  In some cases inflammation and break outs can be brought on by the heat.  I’ve always had itchy scalp which I just attributed to just dandruff or dry scalp.  My current hair regimen includes Neutrogena T/gel and Sulfur 8 conditioner for that.

Oh and remember my hair loss incident.  Well I also learned that some people can experience mild redness, scaly skin lesions and in some cases hair loss.  #thestruggle

Anyway since I don’t always fully listen to doctors (because they don’t know me like that and who are they anyway?) I began using a variety of things including my RX to treat my scalp.

1- I wash my hair with a sulfate free shampoo as well as RX anti-fungal shampoo.
2- I allow my hair to air dry completely!  This is really important because if the hair is still wet it can become breeding ground for God knows what.
3- Once it was dries I condition my scalp with the Sulfur 8 hair conditioner and I conditioned the rest of my hair with ORS hair conditioner as well (according to the side effects of the shampoo it can actually change your hair texture so I wanted to make sure than my hair was still soft and manageable.
4- I treat the infected area with witch hazel and then apply a light coat of hydrocortisone ointment

So far so good, I’ll be back to update on my condition…oh and it’s not contagious
Thanks for reading- Ms. D

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  1. great article and very interesting

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read it, btw its much much better now


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