I am at a loss, and was hoping to get some direction from people that may have already overcome, or gone through more of the battle than I.
Last year around March, I got an ear infection and scalp infection at about the same time. I had to go to the doc for the ear infection though, and the scalp bumps came up in discussion - she said it was folliculitis. She said that the antibiotics she was giving me would cover both issues, which they did. I give this story not because of a specific correlation for sure, but interesting coincidence.
Ever since then, I really have no issues with ear infections (which I haven't before), but the infection on my head won't go away and stay away. I have spoke to my doctor about it, and he just kept prescribing more meds and more meds - which work, but 2 weeks after the dose stops its back again. I finally went in one time and asked about doing something more, at which point he referred me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist was eager to help. She asked for all the symptoms, which I told her -
Large (.25-.75 cm) bumps on head, pain, sometimes hot, pus in the bumps. Also, my lymph node was swollen (like 1-2 inches) on the back of my neck on the left side. All of this together results in pain and irritation all around.
I told her that I have had staph before (about 2 years before this for the first time ever), and this was exhibiting itself a lot like staph, but not as sharp and red hot pain as staph. Since it was responsive to antibiotics so well and would go away at least for some time and come back, she was prescribing more antibiotics, but doing a culture to see what bacterium it was so that we could target it. I was ecstatic that something was being done....
Then I got the bad/weird news - the culture was negative/no bacteria. This confused me a lot since the antibiotics work well (varying on the type used), and the lymph node is swollen. To me this sounds like infection from everything I know of medicine (though I am not a doctor). I finished that round of meds, but of course it came back - again.
I went back to her office, and she thought that it might be chronic. I said I find that weird since I NEVER had it before in my life until March of last year, and it responds to antibiotics. She did another bacterial culture, and a fungal culture to see if it could be either. Neither came back positive. She ended up getting me a refillable prescription for the antibiotics that are effective (at the current time at least) but I don't think she thinks theres anything more she can do, and at this point I don't know what either.
I have tried (know I didn't spell these correctly):
Fluocinoide (apply to hair/no real difference)
Clobetasol (apply to hari/no real difference)
Mupirocin (apply in nostril/no verifiable difference)
Hibiclens (used every day in shower for shampoo, even when not exhibiting/no difference)
(others I can't remember now but will if you tell me a name)
I hate taking all of these since I know they can hurt more than help, but at this point I don't know what to do. It can hurt to sleep because of the bumps so bad, which definitely encourages yourself to take the meds so they go away, even if for a moment.
If there is something Im missing or something I should try, please let me know. I am just so confused as to how my lymph node can be so swollen, and the folliculitis respond to antibiotics, but a negative on TWO bacterial cultures.
Edited by ihatedinosaurs, 16 June 2014 - 09:19 PM.