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How to Relieve Scalp Folliculitis at Home

scalp folliculitisIrritation. Itchiness. Burning sensations. Hair loss. Any or all of these unappealing symptoms and more may mean you are suffering from a condition called hair folliculitis. Also called scalp folliculitis, this condition is common among both men and women. Luckily, there are several effective, affordable, and easy home remedies to relieve the discomfort and disruption of normal hair growth caused by scalp folliculitis.

 

Hair folliculitis is most commonly caused by the following:

  • Yeast
  • Fungus
  • Bacteria
  • Contact/rubbing from tight clothing
  • Damaged hair follicles (e.g. shaving irritation)
  • Blockage caused by irritants like sweat, oils, and cosmetic makeup 

Usually, the cause of your folliculitis determines the most effective treatment. For example, if a physician determines your condition was caused by a bacterial infection, an over-the-counter antibiotic is often the recommended treatment. Conversely, such medication would be a waste of money if irritation from shaving, clothing, sweat, or makeup were the culprits. That is why it is imperative to consult with a hair loss professional as soon as you notice any symptoms of folliculitis. He or she can evaluate your condition, determine its cause, and recommend the most effective course of treatment.

Many of those treatments are ones you can take care of without visiting a doctor. Here are a number of ways to relieve scalp folliculitis at home:

Antibiotics. As noted, folliculitis caused by infection can be treated with over the counter antibiotic oral medication, ointments, and washes such as benzoyl peroxide (Clearasil, Proactiv), chlorhexidine (Hibiclens), or Phisoderm.

Antifungal shampoos and washes. If fungus is the source of your folliculitis, antifungal shampoos such as Nizoral A‑D, available over-the-counter, will reduce and eliminate the source of your condition when used regularly.

Natural remedies. While medication and medicated shampoos are effective scalp folliculitis treatments, nature has also provided many ways to treat this condition. These include:

  • Tea tree oil. Noted for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, tea tree oil can be applied to the affected areas of the scalp as an easy remedy. Just a few drops on a regular basis may be all you need to take care of the problem.
  • Castor oil. As with tea tree oil, castor oil is effective at killing folliculitis-causing bacteria and also has the added benefit or relieving pain and itching where applied.
  • Coconut oil. It should be clear by now that oils are an effective and popular way to address scalp folliculitis, and cold-pressed coconut oil is no different. You can massage it into your scalp every day or multiple times a day until the symptoms recede.

Folliculitis Diagnosis and Treatment in Miami

In addition to discomfort, scalp folliculitis can be a contributing factor to hair loss. If you believe hair folliculitis might be causing you hair to thin, recede, or bald, schedule a hair loss evaluation to learn more about hair loss treatment with world-renowned experts at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our surgeons, nurses, and staff represent the finest team in Miami. To learn more about treatment, contact our clinic at 305-925-0222.

What Causes Hair Loss?

6 Myths About The Causes of Hair Loss

What Causes Hair LossThere is plenty of confusion when it comes to identifying what causes hair loss.  Some of the confusion is derived from loosely connected assumptions concerning genetics and having a “predisposition” to balding.  This level of confusion is often perpetuated by the simple misunderstanding of how hair naturally grows, sheds, and regrows (as many individuals mistake the “shedding” phase for hair loss).  An immense degree of fear and anxiety underscores the notion of losing one’s hair, spurring the creating of half-truths and myths to account for the phenomenon.  This article has been created to sort fact from fiction and to help you learn more about the causes of hair loss.

Myth 1:  Hair loss is hereditary (genetic).

This myth is only part false.  Yes, some individuals are predisposed to hair loss due to a condition know as androgenetic alopecia.  However, genetics are not the only factor at play when it comes to hair loss in men and women.  What causes hair loss:  Hormonal changes, overall diet, lifestyle, stress, and unexpected trauma may each play a role, depending on the unique circumstances of the individual.

Myth 2:  If my mother’s side of the family suffers with balding or thinning hair, so will I.

This myth is derived from the knowledge that the X chromosome contains one of the primary genes for male pattern baldness.  Since men inherit the X chromosome from their mother only, many assume that the “baldness gene” is something that may be passed from the mother’s side of the family.

Myth 3:  If I find hair on my pillow, that means I’m going bald.

This “myth” can be true or false, depending on how much hair is found on the pillow.  Rapid hair loss, or shedding, can be a sign of balding.  However, it may also by a byproduct of your hair’s natural growth cycle if it is minimal.  To get a better idea of the severity of the shedding, try the “Hair Pull Test.”  Grab a clump of 50 to 100 hairs and hold it between the thumb and index finger.  Then, gently but firmly pull away from the scalp with a stable degree of traction.  If 2-5 hairs are obtained via the Hair Pull Test, you have nothing to worry about.  If, however, 10-20 hairs are obtained in this manner, it may be a sign that hair loss symptoms are setting in.  Please visit our Hair Loss Evaluation page to learn more about the tests that are available to confirm hair loss.

Myth 4:  Wearing a hat conceals the hair from sunlight, damages the hair follicle, and causes hair loss.

This myth is 100% false.  First, wearing a hat does not damage the hair follicle.  Moreover, shielding hair from the sun does not stunt growth nor does it promote hair loss.  At the opposite extreme, individuals may wonder if excessive sun exposure triggers hair loss by damaging the scalp.  This myth is also false.  So, enjoy the warm Miami sun, friends—research actually shows healthy amounts of exposure may strengthen the immune system by triggering all-natural vitamin D production!

Myth 5:  Excessive brushing, combing, or styling of the hair may cause premature loss.

False.  Neither brushing nor combing hair will cause “hair loss,” though hair may naturally fall out and collect on your comb/brush during the process.  This is a part of the hair growth cycle, and it is perfectly normal.  To learn more, please visit our page on How Hair Grows.

Myth 6:  Eating well will help me keep my hair.

Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true.  Eating a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients is essential in maintaining overall physical and mental health.  For this reason, it is highly recommended that men and women of all ages take proactive steps towards “eating well.”  However, no particular food groups or nutrient supplements have been scientifically proven to prevent hair loss.

Schedule Your Hair Loss Evaluation

At Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we understand that hair loss may have a profound affect on personal, social, and professional life.  If you or a loved one suffers with hair loss—you are not alone.  Nearly 2 of every 3 American males experiences hair loss by age 50, and an estimated 20 million American females experience symptoms of thinning or balding hair.

Contact our institute online to request additional information regarding hair loss causes, evaluations, and available treatments.  We also invite you to call our practice directly at 305.925.0222.

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