35 Year Old Man Suffering From Recurrent Seborrheic Dematitis
Question for Ted: I am a 35-year-old male, of slender build and no known major diseases. I've been suffering from recurrent seborrheic dermatitis on my face around my nose for years now. I control it with a mild cortisone and nizoral cream. Last May, the day after I returned from Hawaii, I noticed some sudden pimples on my face. They spread quiet rapidly. To make a long story short, a culture showed positive for staph. I'm now stuck with a recalcitrant folliculitis in the beard area which hasn't responded to 3 rounds of antibiotics or nasal bactroban (the western recipe). I've had to grow a beard to hide the unsightly lesions, but the hairs are falling out in the infected areas. I've tried the turmeric recipe on this site with no effect (perhaps folliculitis in the beard is different than boils). I wash with chlorihexidine solution to no effect. I do use some iodine on the lesions, and that does seem to wipe them out quickly, but they pop up elsewhere all the same. I've disinfected my home and nebulize the air with eucalyptus oil... My health is otherwise fine, and I assume the bacteria is on my skin affecting the hair follicles easily in the (formerly) shaven areas due due to years of dermabrasion from shaving. Would investigating my ph levels be useful for this? How about thyroid? I haven't had a blood or urine test yet... anything else I should be looking for? Does internal iodine have the same effect as topical iodine? I tend to have oily skin on the face (the seb derm) but no acne. The folliculitis is new, and stubborn. The only other possible indicator of health are my nails, which are ridged (but otherwise strong). I apologize for all the questions. I read your comments with great interest.