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MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Started by Fleur
Posted: August 19, 2011 at 23:38
My boyfriend recently contracted a MRSA staph infection and was in the hospital for
four days fighting it. I contracted the staph infection on my leg a few months ago
and was prescribed an antibiotic to combat it. About three weeks ago I noticed a
large uncomfortable lump on my scalp. After going to the doctor and telling her the
history of MRSA, she again prescribed me an antibiotic without taking a culture. The
MRSA, similar to other cases, was on the skin and produced a large, infected (pus,
blood, etc), bump on my scalp. As it began to heal it scabbed over in a thin almost
white scab. For the past two weeks I have noticed that the area that was swollen was
slowly dropping hair. I now have a large half dollar sized portion on my scalp with
absolutely no hair and the entire area itches. Is this normal??? Will my hair grow
back? I am quite concerned as this area is easily visible and on the front of my scalp.
Has anyone else experienced something like this??? Do you have any suggestions?
I'm a bit freaked out and concerned at the moment.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #1 by ladyk
Posted: August 25, 2011 at 16:53
Fleur -

You mentioned ["After going to the doctor and telling her the
history of MRSA, she again prescribed me an antibiotic without taking a culture."]

This would indicate to me you are aware of the implications of not having culture. You might consider seeing a (specialist) dermatologist, and insist on culture. Anything other than culture is speculation, and skin conditions are often difficult to diagnose. Therefore, rather than relying on one’s speculation… you would find me in a specialist’s office whose diagnostic testing (namely C&S/culture & susceptibility) backs up professional opinion. Especially in light of boyfriend’s known MRSA infection, the ease in which MRSA is cross contaminated, and your ingestion of antibiotics ‘twice’ without culture for undetermined condition.

Bacterial infection which to a large extent affects the scalp is called follliculitus. Staphylococcus bacteria is known to cause scalp infections in many cases. Sometimes folliculitus infection is superficial and it heals quickly with ‘appropriate treatments’ But if the infection is deep in the hair follicles, the damage to the skin can be more severe and the treatments become complicated. Additional concern is if condition is found to be caused by a pathogenic contagion like MRSA, drainage is easily cross contaminated to other sites about your body - and others as well.

In my opinion… seek a professional who obliges your request for culture in order to identify culprit, followed by ‘appropriate susceptible’ treatment. Once you learn identity (if in fact anomaly is infection caused by MRSA) - seek an adept Infectious Disease specialist for opinion, treatment options, and follow up. Don’t let this go. The site of your infection (head) is not a casual matter.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #2 by Bob Anderson
Posted: August 26, 2011 at 04:15
Fleur -

It is my opinion that your condition could be easily and inexpensively treated with crushed raw natural garlic (crg) and a full cure realized in a relatively short time.

The allicin in crg kills all bacteria on contact, including MRSA and MRSA cannot become resistant to it like it has antibiotics because garlic's anti-microbial action kills in a different way.

when you let crg set for a while and then add it to water, the water all becomes highly antimicrobial and long soaks in garlic water baths kills all MRSA on the surface and it soaks into the skin and gets into the bloodstream and lymphatic system and cleanses deeply. Complete submersion often during the bath kills MRSA in the hair and scalp and your hair should start growing back soon.

I'm not a doctor so I cannot advise you to do any of these things, I can only discuss the properties of garlic when used in different ways and let people decide for themselves what to do, if anything. It's your life and health and it's your choice what to do about it, if anything.

I suggest you read the many garlic threads in this forum and you will come away with a whole new respect for the humble, smelly pungent bulb. If you grow your own garlic it's pretty cheap medicine. Garlic has been called Russian Penicillin for a reason - it works better than penicillin because bacteria cannot become immune to it.

Good luck to you.

Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #3 by Tana
Posted: August 31, 2011 at 16:16
I find this to be an interesting subject as I have been diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of 48 and it is an autoimmune disorder.I also fought the battle od Mrsa for 3 years with tons of antibiotics until the last 2 available were not working Zyvox and Cubicin.My immune system was shot and Garlic and diet changes have made me free of Mrsa infections now for 2 years.Within a year of my last infection my hair started falling out in patches.I have been treated with steroid injections for 8 months and hair grew back,but still thinning everywhere.I think my hair loss was triggered by Mrsa but have no proof.It may or may not be from actually having Mrsa,but maybe from Heavy antibiotic use over 3 years.The fact that Alopecia is an autoimmune disease and my immune system had been in such poor shape makes me think there is some connection.Just a thought,what do you think?
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #4 by Kay
Posted: June 21, 2013 at 19:26
On my 2nd dermatoligist He only did a culture because my rhematologist called him. Today received my diagnosis of MRSA. I have a large bald spot. Yipee!

I've been dealing with this crap since November 2012.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #5 by Carolyn
Posted: February 10, 2014 at 15:07
Just like you, I got MRSA on my scalp. Hard lumps, intense itching, swollen back of head and neck, swollen lymph glands, intense itching and then an area on the back of my head, seemed to split open (the scalp of course) and ooze. It was horrid. I too lost a quarter sized area of hair and it is permanent but easily covered. NO garlic did not cure me (wouldn't try it with an infection of this magnitude, seriousness etc.) two months of Doxycyline is what did it. And then another 6 week follow up when it seemed to return.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #6 by Beth
Posted: March 27, 2014 at 05:01
I first had MRSA on my leg and then under my arm. Both were drained
and I took Clindimyacin and both went away. I now have it on my scalp.
One large spot and another smaller spot. I am taking some left over
Clindimyacin and have not went to the doctor yet. The large spot has
split and been draining for 3 days, but keeps building up more pus,
unlike my other 2 infections, which both were drained and started
healing immediately. Those were cut and drained by doctors and this
one split and started draining on its own. I know I need to see the
doctor and I will. I was just wondering if anyone else had a severe
head and neck ache with their MRSA scalp infection? I also have a
slight fever and feel achy all over. I am scared it could be
Meningitis. Does anyone know if MRSA scalp infection causing
Meningitis is common? I've found stuff on MRSA and Meningitis but not
specificly MRSA scalp infection and Meningitis. Any thoughts,
experiences, or knowledge would be appreciated.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #7 by Bob Anderson
Posted: March 28, 2014 at 01:28
Beth -

Welcome to the forum.

I would suggest you read the "Garlic and staph' thread and see if you find there the answers you seek.

It may sound strange but the allicin in crushed raw non-irradiated garlic does indeed kill all bacteria, including MRSA, on contact and MRSA cannot become resistant to allicin because it kills in more direct way.

When one soaks in a tub of garlic water, including the hair and scalp, the allicin soaks into the skin and gets into the circulation system and goes everywhere in the body the bloodstream takes it and wherever it goes it kills MRSA internally as well as externally.

Garlic is not an approved protocol and I am not a doctor so I can't recommend anything.

Good luck to you.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #8 by Gene
Posted: June 23, 2014 at 23:15
I have had the scalp itch, swelling, blisters, but never any pus for the past ten years. When the infection would flare up, my hair would be very limp and greasy. I tried all types of shampoo to try and get rid of the grease, but nothing would removed it, until I found Suave Citrus Body wash. I figured I would have some chance of minimizing reinfection. I had the crusty, hard, itchy, scabs that were there for years. After numerous courses of antibiotics, to be honest, I have lost count. I would clear up for a few weeks but then I would have a massive outbreak again, which only added to the frustration.
I tried the tree tea oil, the Lavender, the Geranium, Peppermint, and Oregano oil. The only one that immediate stopped the itching and reduced the swelling was the Oregano. But once stopped, the infection came back full force. I was interested in a cure and not a treatment.

I noticed I had the worse outbreaks in summer, after I was outdoors and had perspired on my scalp from the summer heat.

I figured the problem why the antibiotics didn't work was it was only effective where the blood supply was and not on the surface of the scalp or the individual hair shafts.

Out of pure frustration, I grabbed some Epsom Salt about 2 tps and mixed it with some water (just enough to barely dissolve the salt) while in the shower. Slapped on my damp hair, ensure I rubbed it into the scabs etc. I left it on, while I shaved, and then I got some of the above body wash and washed my hair, then a 2nd shampoo to ensure I got all of the salt off. To my amazement, the swelling reduced after a few hours and the itching was diminished. Finally I had something to treat the problem, but whether I have a cure or not, only time would tell.

I decided, that I would make up a small solution prior to going to bed and decided to paint the remaining sore and scabs with this solution. The water in the solution evaporated from the body heat of the scalp but the salt it remained. Over a few days, the scabs were slowly getting smaller and oil and greasy hair disappeared.

The doctor told me you can have a reaction to an infection from 2 hours to 4 days. So at the first sign of an itchy scalp, I will wash my hair with the Epsom salt solution to prevent and outbreak, or if I do have a new lesion, I will paint the salt solution on it. It seems to stop any further infection from the leaking infected fluid.

Hopefully this might help others even if it is just dealing with the miserable condition that modern medicine can't seem to cure or effectively manage.

Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #9 by Bob Anderson
Posted: June 24, 2014 at 15:07
Gene -

If it works, use it.

Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #10 by Deanna Wiley
Posted: September 28, 2014 at 08:20
How long does it take your hair to grow back after losing it? Losing
all my hair or just not patches?
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #11 by Roxanne Jenkins
Posted: May 7, 2015 at 09:43
It took about 4
months for the
largest patch to
grow back. The
said the small
1_2cm of scar
tissue from the
boil hair would
not grow. It
didn't. Ihad
multiple boils my
hair hasn't been
able to fully grow
back and never
will be the same.
That was a yr
ago now I have
the same
problem about
pustules that is
mrsa flare up.
Back to
diseases Dr.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #12 by steve lord
Posted: May 8, 2015 at 06:49
Fleur ALthough not suitable for my mrsa problem because it includes a
third of my body, the websites claim the king of the MRSA killers is
oregano oil, so I tried it on several lesions, they shrunk in half in
several hours. Quite remarkable actually. Use that on your itching
area which may still be infected, dilute one drop of oregan with 3
perts olive oil or it will be too burning. Then after you totally kill
off the mrsa there, maybe it will grow back the hair. Steve
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #13 by Steve Lord
Posted: May 8, 2015 at 07:00
Fleur a couple of days later I repeated the oregano treatment I just
posted and it had the same effect, but in between the lesion regrew,
thus to cure it you would have to keep after it, multiple times per
perhaps, maybe try 3 times a day, but you dont want to irritate the
skin by overdoing it so that it loses immunity so play it by ear.
DOnt get any sun get on it and get enough sleep and eliminate the
sugar and fruit drinks, all those 3 make regrowth faster for me, very
obviously. Steve PS itching for me has always meant the lesion is
growing, in your case tho, if its not red, maybe that isnt the
reason. I bet your hair grows back though. Maybe see if oregano oil
as I described relieves the itching, Thats probably what I would do.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #14 by Steve Lord
Posted: May 8, 2015 at 07:17
PS FLeur, look up the hair loss disease, aleata areata, all the hair is
lost at least in spots , its an inflammatory autoimmune diease and
all of it grows backafter the disease is cured, not that you have that
but as evidence yours will probably grow back. Steve
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #15 by patty
Posted: July 11, 2015 at 15:54
I have been using listerine on my scalp for my staph infection and it cleared it up but two months later the little bumps and itching have come back so im doing the listerine on my scalp once again,, the bumps go away the next day after spraying listerine full strenght on my scalp, I use the yellow colored listerine mouth wash for this. I also use oregano oil 10 drops per teaspoon of coconut or almond oil,all organic and extra virgin.I put drops of this oil all over my scalp with a medicine dropper and put a shower cap (turned inside out ) over my hair and then put a thin towle over the cap and wear this all day then wash out in the evenings. I will keep using this protocol until I have no more breakouts and hopefully I can kill it soon,, I am also taking colidial silver 1 tablespoon 4xdaily for 7-10 days and use it like an antibiotic and then go down to the regular dosing as listed on the bottle. I do hope this will end my staph infection and hair loss on my scalp.
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #16 by Jwalker
Posted: October 2, 2015 at 03:26
Did your hair grow back? I see this was 4 years ago and I'm dealing with the exact
issue. I am worried my hair won't ever grow back. So ironic to find this question
bc I have the same problem now. In 2015
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #17 by Jen
Posted: October 11, 2015 at 22:46
2 years ago I have a staph infection on my scalp which left a bald spot. I would
say 75% grew back but the hair is a completely different texture. It's extremely
wirey. I'm am not sure if this is because the hair follicle is damaged, if it's is
permanent or not. It feels like what has been described as "scab hair". Any
advice or treatment would be helpful as this condition drives me crw😟
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #18 by Amanda
Posted: January 10, 2016 at 17:58
I am trying to find out if I can get
ROF it without antibiotics. I'm is so
much pain. And it truthfully is so
Re: MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Reply #19 by Bob Anderson
Posted: January 10, 2016 at 19:31
Hello Amanda -

Yes, there is a way to get rid of it without antibiotics and that is with garlic water that contains allicin.

I am not a doctor of any kind and I cannot give anyone any medical advice; all I can di is discuss the properties of natural garlic and how they change depending on how it is processed and used in herbal folk remedies and let people and their doctors make of it what they will.

Natural (non-irradiated) garlic produces allicin when crushed and allicin is a very powerful antimicrobial which kills all bacteria on contact, regardless of how resistant any strain is and so it is not affected by antibiotic resistance which affects all commercial antibiotics these days.

Not being a doctor, I cannot recommend anything so many people have taken it upon themselves to try the garlic water herbal treatments and have claimed positive results. Knowing how and why it works, I don't doubt them.

If you want to know more about garlic and how and why it works, go back to the list of topics and search for garlic in this forum. There will be many in-depth discussions you can read.

A brief summary is that you have to get the right kind of garlic as irradiated garlic won't work. When natural garlic is crushed, allicin is formed and the allicin can mix with water and get into circulation in the bloodstream and it kills bacteria everywhere it goes in the body and when one ducks the head and scalp underwater, the scalp is inundated with allicin and it kills bacteria everywhere it comes into contact with.

Please read the posts for the details as there are a lot of details.

Good luck to you.

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