How to Manage Scalp Folliculitis

The following are some of the most common questions and concerns related to scalp folliculitis:

How do I manage scalp folliculitis?

Scalp folliculitis is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects up to 10% of the population. Scalp folliculitis is characterized by redness, swelling or irritation around your head and neck area. The condition may cause itching, burning or even pain when it occurs. You may experience the symptoms for no apparent reason.

What causes scalp folliculitis?

There are several possible reasons why you might develop scalp folliculitis. These include:

Exposure to irritants such as dust mites, mold spores, cigarette smoke and other environmental factors.

Certain medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines and steroids.

A medical condition like psoriasis or eczema.

What treatments are available for scalp folliculitis?

There are several types of treatments that can be used to manage scalp folliculitis. Your medical professional will make a recommendation based on your case history and condition.

Some of the most common treatments include:

Antibiotic creams or pills to reduce redness, swelling or pain.

Using soothing lotions or gels to alleviate irritation and dryness.

Oral anti-fungal medication for those with a fungal infection.

Sources & references used in this article:

Folliculitis decalvans by N Otberg, H Kang, AA Alzolibani… – Dermatologic …, 2008 – Wiley Online Library

Resistant scalp folliculitis secondary to Demodex infestation by AM Sanfilippo, JC English – CUTIS-NEW YORK-, 2005 – mdedge-files-live.s3.us-east-2 …

Tufted‐hair folliculitis by RM Pujol, X Matias‐Guiu… – Clinical and …, 1991 – Wiley Online Library

Nd: YAG laser treatment of recalcitrant folliculitis decalvans by EC Parlette, N Kroeger, EV Ross – Dermatologic surgery, 2004 – journals.lww.com