well we finally got a name for my son’s hair loss problems! he is a white male 19 yrs old. first developed a “cyst” in 2005. it was drained, and a bald spot developed.hair finally started to grow back.about 6months ago started having more. it would start with a bump,break open with nasty yellow drainage and hair loss around the area.after seeing several doctors, last month,we were told it was dissecting cellulitis of the scalp.he is taking solodyn 90 mg 1 x a day. a few hairs have started to grow in that spot. but now he has several more started, and several more bald spots. what can we do to help his hair not come out? and to stop these bumps? how did he develop this in the first place? is it an imbalance of something? could this turn out to be serious health problems?? he’s very embarrassed about all the bald spots. please share anything you know about this. thanks!
Dissecting cellulitis is a very virulent infection wherever it is found. This type of infection can be life threatening as the bacteria eats away on the tissues of the impacted area. In the days before penicillin, Streptococcus was the main cause of battlefield deaths through dissecting cellulitis, which invaded every organ of the body and eventually led to multi-organ failure. I saw a number of such cases in Vietnam, but with modern drugs, most of these cases were controlled. Usually a recurrent cellulitis has a history of how your body keeps it under control. I would hope that you and your son’s doctor have a good line of communication open. I would assume that you have already received a second opinion from an infectious disease specialist.