Scalp Folliculitis Hair Loss

by Viviscal Hair Expert on August 1st, 2015
How to recognize scalp folliculitis and treat hair loss

Scalp folliculitis hair loss is usually caused by an infection of the scalp, but do you know how to recognize it and treat it to prevent unhealthy scalp and hair loss?

Scalp folliculitis hair loss is usually caused by an infection of the scalp, accompanied by itching or soreness. Folliculitis is often temporary but more severe cases can be difficult to treat and can cause damage to hair and scalp that leave bald patches.

What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is inflammation due to an infection of the hair follicles that can cause hair loss. Folliculitis can affect hair follicles on the scalp or anywhere on the body. If you are wondering how to identify folliculitis, look for small spots like acne with small rings of inflammation around the opening of a hair follicle, accompanied by itching and soreness. In the early stages of folliculitis, hair fibers usually are still present, but as folliculitis progresses hair often falls out. Severe folliculitis can cause extreme inflammation that can permanently destroy hair follicles and leave bald spots on the scalp.

Non-infectious folliculitis is caused by excess oils and sebum on the scalp that clog hair follicles. It is also possible to have folliculitis caused by viral, fungal, or yeast agents, such as Herpes simplex.

However, in most cases, folliculitis is caused by a bacterial infection. One of the most common hair follicle infections to cause folliculitis is Staphylococcus aureus. Another, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, causes what’s known as “hot tub folliculitis,” which is an infection that grows in inadequately chlorinated water.

How to Stop Hair Folliculitis

For minor scalp folliculitis hair loss treatment, use over-the-counter topical antibiotic ointments such as bacitracin and neomycin. More serious bacterial infections may require prescription oral antibiotics or griseofulvin for a fungal infection.

Wash the affected scalp regularly with a gentle shampoo. Anti-dandruff shampoos that contain antifungal agents such as ketoconazole may also be helpful.

With proper treatment, minor folliculitis will last only a few weeks and some folliculitis clears up without treatment. Children and adolescents who are prone to chronic folliculitis will generally grow out of the condition in their late teens.

How to Prevent Scalp Folliculitis Hair Loss

To help prevent scalp folliculitis hair loss, practice good skin hygiene, avoid unsanitary hot tubs and pools, do not share razors, avoid shaving to closely, replace razor blades regularly, and keep your skin well-hydrated. Although folliculitis is generally not contagious, folliculitis caused by infectious agents may be transmitted through person-to-person skin contact, shared razors, or through Jacuzzis or hot tubs. It is possible to give folliculitis to someone else through close skin contact. Some people have a higher risk of developing folliculitis because of their overall health, immune system status, history of exposure, and other pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema or severely dry skin.

How to Promote Healthy Scalp and Hair

If you have been diagnosed with scalp folliculitis hair loss, take the medications prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist to treat the condition.

To help promote a healthy scalp, use a topical hair serum that soothes and cools the scalp. Not only will your scalp feel clean and refreshed, but it helps create the ideal environment for healthy hair growth and make your hair look thicker. A good gentle shampoo that exfoliates the scalp with a multifruit or botanical extract is also essential. This helps keep your scalp clean of dirt, debris and sebum, creating the ideal environment to promote healthy hair growth.