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Everything You Need To Know About Scalp Folliculitis


A common skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed.

About 60% of dark-skinned men face Barber’s itch, a type of folliculitis [1].

- Usually self-diagnosable
- At times, needs to be treated by a medical professional
- Is short-term and resolves within days or weeks
- Lab testing or imaging rarely required

Scalp folliculitis is generally considered to be an inflammatory reaction to components of the hair follicle, particularly the micro-organisms. The condition is usually caused by bacterial or fungal infection. Other causes are the use of certain hair products, head injuries or bruises, and low immunity illnesses like HIV or cancer. The disease first starts as red-colored bumps or white-headed pimples and later spreads and becomes severe.

Any age group can be affected by scalp folliculitis.


Symptoms include the formation of red bumps or white pimples, which could be painful.

People may experience
Hair problems such as a receding hairline, or loss of hair
Skin problems such as itchy skin, burning sensation and tender skin
The formation and rupture of pus-filled blisters


Self-care: You can use mild shampoos or anti-dandruff shampoos to improve the condition of the scalp. You must avoid shaving the bumps on the head or scratching them. Also, avoid using hair oil as it can trap bacteria and increase inflammation of the follicles.

Medications: Topical steroids and antihistamines are prescribed to reduce itching and inflammation. Topical antibacterial or antifungals in the form of lotions, creams, sprays or shampoos may be prescribed to control the infection.

Specialists: For specific measures to handle folliculitis, consult a dermatologist. At mfine, we provide holistic treatment programs that are best suited for your individual health requirements.

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