Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scalp problems: Folliculitis

The longer you live, the more you see.  Recently I've noticed a problem that seemed at first to be a mild irritant, like flea bites or a basic skin rash caused by an allergen. But when even Benedryl provided no relief, I knew something was fishy.  Plus, all the itchy red bumps focused at the nape and occipital region.  Even changing shampoos and discontinuing all hair products provided no help!

It turns out some people are prone to an inflammation in the hair follicle known as folliculitis.  It's a bumpy red rash caused by exposure to fungus or bacteria, from exposure to these elements.  It's embarrassing as well as irritating, but it's important to treat it.

If a rash continues for too long, it's important to seek medical attention.  Usually a doctor will just provide an antibiotic or an anti-fungal treatment.  Otherwise, you may suffer permanent hair loss on top of discomfort!

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