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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

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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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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I have been suffering from scalp folliculitis. 1st it had been came since last 4 years. At atge beggining time it create itchy scalp and and small pim?

Needs Careful Care: Your question is hard to understand.But in general, if you have folliculitis in the scalp, you require frequent hair washing with a careful scrub of the scalp each time, use of topical antiseptic like Hibiclens and probably an oral antibiotic.Since this is a recurring problem, you'd best see a dermatologist.Also, think about what may be setting you up for this recurring problem. It's often obvious ...Read more

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What shampoo can u recommend for oily scalp? it's giving me a scalp folliculitis! :( all over my head. everyday. :(

Seborrhea: There are few reasons why you might have such a condition. Try using Shampoo containing Ketocanazole, as it helps in sorting few of these conditions. However, if the condition persists you might need to see your doctor or a skin specialist; you mentioned the word "Folliculitis" and this might be caused by infectious organisms. ...Read more

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I am having scalp folliculitis. It's is at a small area of head. I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur?

I am having scalp folliculitis.  It's is at a small area of head. I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur?

Topicals: Follicular does recur in people prone to it. You should have an antibiotic cream rx from you doctor as oral antibiotics only used for severe cases not responding to a topical treatment. ...Read more

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I am having scalp folliculitis. I would like to know how to prevent it? I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur? Is it true?

I am having scalp folliculitis. I would like to know how to prevent it? I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur? Is it true?

?oily hair: If your hair is on the oily side, wash it with shampoo rather than with soap as soap doesn't remove hair oils well. If the shampoo removes too much oil, use a mild conditioner after washing. You could also try an antidandruff shampoo. Visit a good hair salon for hair care advice. ...Read more

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Been dealing with scalp folliculitis on and off for years. Doxy used to work, now doesn't clear it fully. Tried mino and keflex-kept at bay. Help?

Been dealing with scalp folliculitis on and off for years.  Doxy used to work, now doesn't clear it fully.  Tried mino and keflex-kept at bay.  Help?

Antibiotic...: ...resistance. Antibiotics often stop working over time; in presence of the antibiotic, bacteria tend to become resistant to it. (Evolution at work!) But it is unlikely minocycline would help if doxy doesn't; these drugs are twins, usually with identical activity against the same bacteria. However, cephalexin is very different. See a doctor, preferably a dermatologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can you get rid of scalp folliculitis? Do you need oral antibiotic pills?

How can you get rid of scalp folliculitis?  Do you need oral antibiotic pills?

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. Since the hair follicle is deep, most patients require a systemic (oral) antibiotic for extensive scalp folliculitis. ...Read more

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My dermatologist prescribed deflazacort for scalp folliculitis for 6 days ........is it effective for it ?

My dermatologist prescribed deflazacort for scalp folliculitis for 6 days ........is it effective for it ?

Abx vs steroids: Folliculitis,in general,is typically caused by bacteria proliferating into the hair follicles and causing redness, swelling, and sometimes pain.I personally would start with an antibiotic and if that did not help after 5-7 days then maybe try a steroid like your doctor did.Have to also consider that the infection may be caused by fungus or virus too.If the steroid makes it worse,it's likely fungal ...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