Hyperkeratosis--Does any dermatologist anywhere help treat this disorder?
by Carol Harlow
(USA, Paradise, California)
I believe I have had hyperkeratosis of the scalp, primarily, but also affecting other parts of my body, for about a year and a half. I have seen five dermatologists, none of whom have given me that diagnosis. The various diagnoses I have received are as follows:
2. Folliculitis decalvans
3. Lichen planus
4. Lichen simplex chronicus
With the last diagnosis, I was told to stop using the preparations that I now believe I need the most--salicylic acid, test tree oil, not sure what else, but I am going to resume using those things and anything else that I believe will help me most. The symptoms are still troublesome but better than they were from about April of 2015 and fur following year.
Things that have seemed to help the most have been oral isotretinoin and steroid injections directly into the lesions.
The most recent two dermatologists have washed their hands of me and have denied me a second round of isotretinoin or any more scalp injections.
I seemed to be stabilizing, but there is more excess sebum now in my scalp and elsewhere than I have had for awhile.
So I am not sure what to do next. I have been bathing in Dead Sea salt water, which seems to help.
I Guess I need to do more of that. I wish there were a dermatologist out there who would listen to what I am trying to tell him or her, so that a coherent treatment plan can be developed and followed.
I am very tired of the discomfort, and other problems this has been causing me.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
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