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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Folliculitis/acne: folliculitis and acne may both become infected by bacterial contamination. The benzoyl peroxide will help for acne; however, the folliculitis may require both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Best way to treat folliculitis on your scalp?

Best way to treat folliculitis on your scalp?

See Your Physician: For bacterial folliculitis of the scalp, it is important to determine the organism responsible for the infection. After a culture and sensitivity is obtained, your physician will be able to prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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How do I clear up scalp folliculitis?

How do I clear up scalp folliculitis?

Medicated shampoo: Typically I have patients try an over the counter medicated shampoo such as head and shoulders or Nizoral (ketoconazole) to start, but if that is not effective, i give them a prescription shampoo and sometimes a topical antibiotic to control this pesky condtion. There not a cure for folliculitis, but rather patients can control it with proper meds. ...Read more

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Can I oil my hair/scalp or message on my body if I have folliculitis? Is it true that oiling aggravates the condition?

Oil on scalp...: Oil folliculitis is inflammation of hair follicles due to exposure to various oils and typically occurs on forearms or thighs. So unless you were prescribed bactroban (mupirocin) ointment, then no oil should be placed upon your skin. Please speak with your physician right away to discuss your questions. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between a pimple and folliculitis on scalp/beard area? How do I know what exactly it is?

How can I differentiate between a pimple and folliculitis on scalp/beard area? How do I know what exactly it is?

Same thing, almost: There is not a whole lot of difference between the two. Pimple starts as blockage of pores of follicles and goes to inflammation. Folliculits starts as bacterial infection of the follicle. They end up with a similar result. You may consult this site for home remedies: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

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I have scalp folliculitis and have gone off a year of antibiotics for it. It is still reoccurring though mild and localised. Will I outgrow it?

I have scalp folliculitis and have gone off a year of antibiotics for it. It is still reoccurring though mild and localised. Will I outgrow it?

Maybe: Some people become colonized by staph in their scalp. The use of antibacterial soap mixed with your shampoo will decrease the bacteria. Oral vitamin c and bovine colostrum are options to stimulate the white blood cells to help prevent follicultis. ...Read more

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Folliculitis (Definition)

Folliculitis is a condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a bacterial infection may follow. Common symptoms may include a rash, itching, and ...Read more