Scalp Folliculitis: A Guide to Prevention and Remedies

Jewelries are perhaps among the top head-turners among most women, which is a reason why I really enjoy making handmade jewelries. Jewelries are not only limited to what you wear around your neck, finger or arms. Jewelries can also be worn on the head. However, some people including women have to deal with scalp problems which can make wearing head jewelries uncomfortable. One of the serious conditions that easily come to mind is scalp folliculitis, and I have seen someone who has this problem and it can be really embarrassing.

Just like scabs on scalp, folliculitis may occur in other parts of the body where the hair grows, though it is more common in the scalp. Prevention and treatment of folliculitis in the scalp basically may also apply to folliculitis in other parts of the body.

Folliculitis refers to the inflammation in the hair follicles where the hair grows. It can affect anyone of all age groups but it is more common among adults. You can recognize it with its symptoms which include pustules or pus-filled swellings as well as redness, itchiness or pain in the affected area.

Preventing Folliculitis

The usual cause of inflammation in the follicles is bacterial infection. Knowing this, there are ways on how you can reduce your risk of folliculitis:

  1. Maintain good personal hygiene by bathing every day and thoroughly washing your scalp with a mild shampoo.
  2. Don’t share personal items even with your family. These include hats, combs and head towels.
  3. Minimize bathing in hot tubs.

Remedies for Folliculitis

If you still get folliculitis despite preventive measures, there are still other treatment options available. Mild cases of folliculitis normally get better within two weeks even without medication, but home and self-help remedies are vital for faster recovery.

  1. Shampoo your hair daily using products that contain tea tree oil as it serves as a natural antibacterial and germicidal agent.
  2. Avoid scratching your scalp as it can worsen the inflammation. When you touch the affected area, wash your hands thoroughly with soap to prevent spreading the germs to other parts of your body.
  3. Apply medication. A wide range of medicines are available depending on the severity of your condition and your general health. You could seek advice from your doctor to know which medication is more suitable for you.
  4. Take antibiotics as prescribed by your physician. Your doctor may recommend antibiotic tablets or antibiotic creams for treating the infection and preventing the problem from spreading.
  5. If your folliculitis is identified to be caused by other factors aside from bacteria, other treatment options include antifungal therapy if caused by yeast infection, or antiviral therapy if caused by viral infection. In some cases, folliculitis in the scalp may also be caused by mites, in which case your doctor may prescribe specially formulated lotion to treat that condition.

Most of these remedies only apply to mild cases of folliculitis. If your condition is severe or mild but does not show any signs of improvement even after applying home remedies, see your doctor for the proper treatment.