June 27, 2012 5:23am CST
I have been dealing with my psoriasis for some time now. Recently I had a patch break out on my scalp which has been difficult to treat with all the hair I had. I do have an ointment that my doctor gave me that really did the trick with the rash on my wrist but it is very greasy and, frankly, getting it to my scalp through all that hair was just not going to work, soooo... I shaved it all off today!!! That's right, folks, I now am sporting a buzz cut. She didn't quite get down to the scalp but at least I can get the ointment to the rash now and I can see what I'm applying it to. Of course, you can imagine all the flak I've been catching from friends and family now that the hair is gone but that's okay. Lots of folks have been shaving themselves bald to show support for cancer patients and other causes so why is shaving myself bald for health reasons less acceptable? Anyway, it isn't as if this is the first time I've sported a buzz cut. Last time was just before I got pregnant back in 1993. I came close in 2008 when I got a military flattop from the crown back and kept my bangs and "sideburns". Anyway, my hair grows pretty fast and it'll be much cooler for the summer this way. I actually wanted it completely gone but to get it that far gone I would have to use "Nair" or some other depilatory...which I may still do. Still, I have applied the ointment twice so far and already the itch has subsided a lot. I have to apply the ointment twice a day for two weeks to really get rid of the rash. Once it is gone, I can let the hair grow back. Wish me luck! I really wish there was a cure for this stuff! Oh, well. Have you ever gone this drastic in addressing a problem?
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7 Jul 12
dear alaskanray, my heart goes out to you cause I didnt know you battle psoriasis in addition to the other health issues I know of. Its so sad that your hair is gone but if shaving makes it easier to apply that ointment and the ointment helps thats more important than the hair. At least you know it will grow back well when the patch on your hnead has subsided. Which complete azzes make fun of you cause you are bald now? thats a shame let me come over and defend you. I never had to take such drastic measures up to now. Lots of hugs to you. Hope you have a great weekend.
• United States
7 Jul 12
It doesn't bother me to shave my head. Like I said, I've done it before when I was growing out a perm or haircolor I wanted to get rid of. This is the first time it's been for a medical reason. But my daughter and some of my friends tried to talk me out of it. I just could not stand the itch anymore and the hair was getting in the way of the ointment. I feel much better now after a week on the ointment. Next week I'll be able to discontinue the ointment and hopefully I won't have the patch on my head come back. The patch on my wrist has never returned after the ointment so here's hoping for my head! Thank you for being such a good friend.
• United States
28 Jun 12
NO! You are so much braver than I. I am so opposite from you on this issue that it isn't even funny! My mom was a hairdresser and I was her little guineau pig. I hated hated hated it! You have no idea what I went through. Every single night, my hair got put up in tight, tight pincurls. This started when I was just 3 or 4. In the morning it got vigorously and very painfully brushed out and styled into little Shirly Temple hairdo's. If I loosened the bobbie pins during the night...she was furious. I got picked on by the other kids at school to which she responded by telling me that they were just jealous....they were not. The only reprieve was in the summer when she just cut my hair off in an ugly boy cut. It looked stupid but I slept comfortably at night and mornings were painless. This went on until I was about 13 when I finally learned the art of rebellion. I grew my hair down to my butt and carefully chose who would trim it. You don't even know. My hair is now shoulder length and it took a lot to let a hairdresser who was also a good friend to come near me with the sissors. I could never do what you did. I admire you for having the guts to do that.
• United States
29 Jun 12
LOL...I sympathize with you! My sister was also a hairdresser who used me as her guinea pig. When I was five she gave me a very short cut and for months I had to deal with people calling me "little boy"! I hated it! When I got older I tried to go blond because the TV commercials told me blonds had more fun so I figured being blond would solve all my problems. It didn't. When my hair began to grow out and I had my dark roots showing, I cut off all the blond, no matter how short the roots were! I was already given such a hard time it really didn't make any difference what I did to my hair. Since then I've found occasion to shave it off a few times but this is the first time I've done it for health reasons. My hair was well below my shoulders, too, for the first time in many years, so I was able to donate it to a charity that made wigs for people. (Not Locks of Love, but a similar one.) Anyway, three days later and the psoriasis has begun to fade. Yay! Two more weeks and I'll be able to stop the ointment and just let the hair grow back. At least it'll be short for the hot summer months.