Problems with Doxycycline

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   Posted 5/23/2013 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else experienced an itchy scalp that felt like it was on fire while on Doxycycline? I was diagnosed with Lyme several weeks ago and started on Doxy two weeks ago. Over the last week my scalp has been very sensitive, and the itching and heat finally became intolerable. I also experienced some hair loss. I called my doctor today but she's on vacation, so another doctor in the practice told me to stop using the antibiotic until I see my usual doctor next week.  
I was wondering if anyone else experienced scalp symptoms with Doxy. I actually have some areas that are peeling now.

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   Posted 5/23/2013 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
If I were you, I'd get organic coconut oil and apply to your scalp... This may be a fungal infection on your scalp (fungus is what causes seborrheac dermatitis, aka dandruff).
And I'd get some biotin.  Biotin helps prevent or treat some causes of hair loss, and has an added bonus of being good for helping to get rid of fungal infections (prevents the fungus from forming spores, which are much harder to kill).
Make sure you are taking a good quality probiotic daily.

Antibiotics can make fungal infections worse.

And this also could be an allergic reaction to the med, or a die off reaction from the Lyme getting killed.

Or a combination...

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   Posted 5/24/2013 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
It could also be from sun exposure. Have you gone outside without a hat on? When I was on doxy I had extreme pain and heat on my hands. The same could happen to your scalp if exposed to the sun.

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   Posted 5/24/2013 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking doxy for about a year with alot of little troubles, all to wich the doctor said "no know problems exsist"

guess its just us.


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   Posted 5/24/2013 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Razzle....thanks for the info. It's funny, I just recently heard about organic coconut oil and the benefit for hair/scalp and skin. I was intending to go to the whole foods store to buy some this weekend. Now I'm definitely going to. I also looked up Biotin, after your suggestion, and read about the benefit for brittle nails and well as hair. So, that's on my list too.
I didn't take the Doxy on Wed night or on Thurs morning...and the firey pain and itching subsided a bit...especially the heat in my scalp. Just to be sure that it was the drug, I took the dose last night...and within an hour the fire, pain and itch was back with a vengeance. This time I also developed a rash. So it has to be an allergic reaction.

Razzle...I noticed that we also have a few other things in common...I have Lupus and Gastroparesis as well.

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   Posted 5/24/2013 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, not sun burn. I haven't been in the sun. I have had scalp sun burn in the past though and it wasn't fun. Thanks for the input!, I'm prepared. I searched the internet today and found numerous sites where folks have complained about scalp itch/rash with hair loss while on Doxy.

I'm new to this site. I feel lucky to have found it and am thankful to you guys for being so helpful.

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   Posted 5/25/2013 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
rash and itch sound like allergy. switch to a new protocol for antibiotics, thats what id do
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