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Scalp Folliculitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Join the conversation! Health Board's Privacy Policy. There was a problem adding your email Try again. All rights reserved. Do not copy or redistribute in any form! Subscribe To Skin Problems. Hello, My teenaged daughter has had folliculitis on her lower legs for over a year now. When she went to the doctor last April she was told to try antibacterial soap while shaving and no fragrance lotions. She followed the directions but nothing has seemed to make it completely go away.

It goes on and off but her legs are always scarred. Last week it was worse than it has ever been, possibly because of the high humidity? She had a lot of those "pustles" and it looked like a bad rash or acne but didn't itch. Other times the rash is not bad but itches a lot, especially at night. I've been reading that this is supposed to go away after a few weeks but since this seems to be chronic is it likely that this is from a fungal infection and will antibiotics will be needed?

I'm hoping to take her to the Dr this week but I'm just wondering what the treatment would be. Thank you, Kelly. Hi Kelly, I got folliculitis when I was around and it was on the tops of my legs.

I went to two different doctors that put me on different antibiotics and also I washed two or three times a day with hibiclens.It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences.

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Join the conversation! Health Board's Privacy Policy. There was a problem adding your email Try again. All rights reserved. Do not copy or redistribute in any form! So i just came back from the dermatologist, as I have been having some hair thinning for quite a while now.

I do have low iron last blood work came up as I have been thinking that i have androgenic alopecia due to my pcos One thing i can tell you for sure is that if your ferretin level is at 19 there is no way you will lose your hair by taking iron supplements.

The only time you would possibly lose hair is if you had iron overload and for that your figures for ferretin would have to be roughly over or there abouts.

My doctors both wanted my ferretin over and close to if i can. You don't simply take iron for ever and never get tested. You can take iron for a month, then get tested. That will indicate how much improvement has been made in one month. If the improvement isn't that big, then you can keep taking the iron and get retested in about 3 months. The hair loss can be as a result of the iron or due to some other reason.

Have you had everything else tested? If you eat a healthy diet which includes meat, then your iron loss is due to something else and it can sometimes be difficult to come off the iron supplements until you find out what is causing your iron loss. If the hair shedding is due to your low iron, it can take 3 - 6 months for your hair to begin correcting itself, but only after your iron has risen substantially. Different doctors have different so called 'magic' figures for ferretin.

Most are happy for you to be within the range that the lab sets, but other doctors believe getting at least to 70 and above is more beneficial for the body and for a proper hair growth cycle. If you need iron information you can get a lot of help over on the Anemia section of the boards and if you have thyroid results you can post them on the Thyroid section.

Sometimes with the thyroid doctors will say it's fine if you fall within range, but your thyroid can be out by a bit and you can suffer symptoms too. If you are low in iron you could be low in other things to. Did they check your B vitamins, vitamin D, zinc, magnesium and selenium? You also mentioned coming off the pill 5 - 6 mths ago, did the hair begin shedding a little after coming off the pill or while you were on the pill.

If you hormones are out of balance then that can lead to hair shedding also.

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The pill also depletes your B group vitamins. For some people the pill is fantastic, but for others it can actually mess up your hormone balance rather than correct. Have you had all your hormones tested incase it's hormonal hair shedding? Congratulations on your wedding and i can totally understand that you don't need this sort of stress leading up to your special day. All the best.

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Thanks for the informative reply! I am going to get my iron checked again to see where I am at. I hope that it has gone up!It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences.

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Join the conversation! Health Board's Privacy Policy. There was a problem adding your email Try again. All rights reserved. Do not copy or redistribute in any form! Subscribe To Skin Problems. I started noticing the bumps on my scalp about 5 years ago. Being a person with somewhat nervous habits, I found myself picking at the bumps and of course making them worse.

I finally decided to consult a dermatologist after about a year, and the result was a prescription for some topical tetracycline. This seemed to help treat the bumps for the short time, but they continued to surface. I asked that doctor what caused the bumps but was not given any plausible explanation or diagnosis. Needless to say, I did not return to that doctor. Over the last year, the bumps have gotten worse, thus intensifying my obsession with picking at them. I found a wonderful GP and showed the bumps to him.

He referred me to another dermatologist, who told me I have folliculitis--but still no decent explanation. I was prescribed Clobetasol, which does seem to help a bit.

I find it cumbersome to apply the medicine during the day, given that I am at work and it tends to run and cause a big mess with my hair.

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The MD told me that if the bumps do not go away, we should consider a round of antibiotics. Although I am not totally opposed to this, I have my doubts about how much this would actually help if I cannot stop myself from scratching the bumps. Right now, I have about 10 prominent scabs that seem to be in recurring places: very top center of scalp, and then all along an arc on both sides of my head picture drawing an arc from just above the eyes to the back of my neck; at the most prominent point on the skull.

Thinking back, since the bumps have become worse, I can say that my general incidence of infection has increased. I have suffered a chronic "head cold" for the last 3 months. On top of that, I have had one case of "pink eye" and two incidences of infection in my eyelid. Oh yeah, I can't forget the chronic acne-like bumps on my right upper arm and shoulder. Currently, I also have marble-sized bumps on the back of my neck in addition to swollen glands--most probably from infection as a result of my scratching the bumps.

This is a very frustrating thing for me because I almost feel "unclean"--and I am the type of person who is very anal retentive about being clean at all times. Getting to my point What are the implications of persistent folliculitis? Can failure to resolve this condition lead to other more serious health problems? I understand that any type of infection can lead to health problems, but I wonder if there is anything specifically related to folliculitis that is common.We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters.

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Post by HairLossFight. Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 2 guests. Quick links. Scalp Folliculitis Read about and discuss general hair loss topics. I suffer from MPB, but as of about 8 months ago I've also been suffering from chronic folliculitis of the scalp. I can't pinpoint it for sure, but it seems to have started while I was on Accutane. My derm gave me topical clindamycin, which didn't work, and eventually gave me a six day course of Zithromax which pretty much knocked it out.

One month after the course of oral antibiotics the folliculitis returned. I can't use minoxidil any more due to irritation. The folliculitis is pretty much all over my entire head and seems to increase my MPB sheds by a whole lot. Has anyone had luck with any products besides Inflamil.

Also, what is the difference between chronic scalp folliculitis and folliculitis decalvans? I am concerned about the discomfort of course but more so about the potential for permanent hairloss due to scarring alopecia. Do these hairs normally grow back unless they are severely infected?

I have been thinking about getting a second opinion on my own folliculitis diagnosis. It seems to me to have gone down considerably since I stopped all topicals. Sadly I have lost a lot of hair in the crown due to the MPB.

Now from what the doctor told me, folliculitis decalvans is a broad diagnosis that is synonymous with scarring alopecia, and there are supposedly many kinds.

The scarring is at the follicle level, so it's microscopic and underneath the epidermis from my understanding anyway.Is your scalp constantly itchy, burning, or painful? If you have small pimple-like bumps, you may have scalp folliculitis. This hair follicle condition requires treatment as it can lead to scarring and irreversible hair loss. We will look at how the hair follicles become affected and how to get rid of scalp folliculitis.

Scalp folliculitis results when the hair follicle becomes inflamed, and possibly infected in some cases. Several factors can lead to this type of damage to the scalp and follicles. The severity of the condition can lead to bacterial infection, Staphylococcus. The key to preventing scalp folliculitis hair loss is early detection and treatment. This disturbing condition is primarily the result of a bacterial, yeast, or other fungal infection.

Scalp folliculitis can develop when the hair becomes damaged or when the follicles are irritated by sweat. Scalp folliculitis symptoms are easy to distinguish, as the red bumps will look like pimples and be located anywhere on the scalp.

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There may be a burning and itchy sensation, and possibly mild to moderate pain. Folliculitis can damage the follicle to the point where bald patches can appear on the head. This hair loss can be permanent with scarring of the follicle.

There are folliculitis scalp home remedies that call for natural and pure products. We will touch on the most commonly used treatments.

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The heat from a hot compress will tackle any discomfort and itch resulting from scalp folliculitis. Dip a cloth in hot water and apply it to the affected areas. You can add a dash of salt to the water as well. Leave the cloth on the follicles for 20 minutes, or until it becomes cooled before starting the process again. Continue to repeat this treatment three to four times each day until the itchiness is gone. The gel of an aloe vera plant can quickly soothe any itchiness and heal the pimple-like openings at the base of the follicles.

Apply the gel directly to the affected follicles and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing. Repeat the treatment three times each day during the healing process.

Many of you may be familiar with the popular use of tea tree oil on the scalp for destroying and preventing head lice.

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It is also an effective scalp folliculitis treatment. The oil has antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral components to destroy the invaders causing the inflammation and infection, as well as alleviate any itchiness. Apply drops of the tea tree oil directly onto the scalp, or add a few drops to your favorite shampoo.

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Repeat this treatment on a regular basis until the folliculitis is clear. Another form of oil treatment uses castor oil to combat the inflammation and any pain that accompanies scalp folliculitis.

You can directly apply a few drops of the oil onto the scalp and massage it into the entire head for several minutes before rinsing. Repeat this treatment until the follicles are completely healed.

Coconut oil contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties to heal scalp folliculitis symptoms quickly. Use pure coconut oil on the scalp several times each day for the best results. Massage the entire scalp gently for several minutes. The cooling sensation of cucumber can help soothe the irritation and itchiness created by scalp folliculitis.

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Trending Coronavirus. By subscribing, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Dermatology Community. Chronic Scalp Folliculitis dancer4j. Hello, I am a 25 year old female that has been battling with scalp folliculitis for the past 2.

I have been on Bactrim DS for several years now for acne, I would say sincebut I developed scalp folliculitis in approximately Feb. I currently go to a dermatologist every 3 months for follow-ups mostly for acne, but my scalp as wellbut have received at least 3 other opinions. Second doctor took a biopsy of one of my lesions revealing folliculitis. He placed me back on Bactrim and Clindagel for topical use. The Clindagel does help clear up all the active lesions, but it does not help prevent any new lesions.

Of course, I don't use the Clindagel on ALL of my scalp, so I understand there is no way to prevent new lesions with just this medication. So far, no results. I still use the Clindagel on all my lesions, but I am so frustrated with this disease. I also recently used a steroid shampoo called Clobex 2x a week for 2 weeks - no results. I have had my nose cultured-normal, and 2 lesions cultured as well.

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First culture came back as normal scalp, second one was done recently so I do not have results yet. Everyday I seem to have 1 or more new lesions on my scalp.

They are itchy,painful, and range from small to moderately large. I am at my wit's end with this condition. My routine dermatologist has recommended possibly ketoconazole for 5 days only to help flush out any fungus, yeast that may be causing this.