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Tommy Williamson

How to Get Rid of Scalp Folliculitis – Achieve That Sweet Relief

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Tommy Williamson, (2020, November 15). How to Get Rid of Scalp Folliculitis – Achieve That Sweet Relief. Psychreg on Wellness. https://www.psychreg.org/get-rid-folliculitis/
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If you have just searched up how to get rid of scalp folliculitis, my sympathies. And I’m sure you probably know by now how hard it is to treat dermal conditions.

So, what does one need to do? Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much to get rid of the itching, pain, and soreness you have been enduring for the past couple of days. 

Willing to trade all the money in the world for a moment of relief?  Don’t worry, since you won’t have to resort to that. Today we’ll comb through all the ways you can treat this skin condition without suffering any adverse effects.

How to get rid of scalp folliculitis – Itch-free scalp

Upon asking my dermatologist how to get rid of scalp folliculitis for good, I would always get a list of medications. Most of which, I couldn’t even pronounce!

But are medications the only way? Well, that’s what I’m here to help you with! So, keep reading as I guide you through all the possible remedies for this annoyance.

So, let’s get right to it. First and foremost, you need to identify the severity of your condition. Whether it is mild, moderate, or even severe. Once you have done that, deciding which route to take will be easier for you.

Don’t want to leave the house? No problem.  Maybe you can’t go out because of allergies, or perhaps the weather is too hot. Whatever the reason, I think you will be happy to know that there are some super-effective home remedies you can try. 

Warm compress

Boil a little water and soak a clean washcloth in it. Then dab lightly to avoid irritation. Thus, doing this will reduce inflammation and itching.

Oatmeal and herbs

Oatmeal, being loaded with fibre, will help reduce the inflammation on your skin. Additionally, you may use natural herbs such as turmeric, aloe vera, green tea, eucalyptus, etc. for the inflammation.

Natural oils

Moreover, you may mix a few drops of essential oil in your moisturizer or lotion. And apply gently on the affected regions. These essential oils include chamomile oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, cinnamon oil, tea tree oil, etc. All of which have antimicrobial properties.

Apple cider vinegar

Also, it is recommended to mix 1-part vinegar and 2 parts water before applying directly onto the boils on your scalp. Because this helps reduce the rashes on your skin.

Caution: Make sure not to leave on Apple cider vinegar for more than 15 minutes, as it can completely dry your skin. Also, make sure you are not allergic to any of the substances mentioned before applying them to your scalp.

That didn’t work? Let’s move ahead

Now that you have tried all the home remedies, you may move onto some products. However, you must take extra caution here, because every seller claims to have the best creation! Consequently, making our decision a lot tougher. Luckily, I have narrowed the list down for you. 

Take a good look at your shampoo

Does your shampoo leave your hair feeling a little too dry or waxy? Is it specifically made for sensitive skin? Has it helped your condition at all?

Did you answer no to all these questions?

Regrettably, it may be time to say goodbye to your favourite shampoo. But worry not, since you can find plenty of shampoos that are specifically made for scalp folliculitis. Just make sure that they contain scalp nourishing properties.

What’s next in the list

If nothing has worked for you yet, I think it’s best to consider over the counter medications. Below, I have listed the most effective topical antibiotics for you:

  • Clindamycin lotion
  • Metronidazole lotion
  • Erythromycin solution

Furthermore, you may also apply topical steroids on the bumps and rashes of your scalp. These ointments or gels have little to no side effects when used under proper medical supervision. Some of the topical steroids are as listed:

  • Hydrocortisone
  • Hydrocortisone acetate
  • Betamethasone dipropionate
  • Neosporin ointment

Recurrent folliculitis? Visit the doctor

Don’t wait anymore if you get folliculitis repeatedly. Visit a doctor for a thorough medical treatment. Even though oral medications aren’t routinely prescribed by doctors, if your condition is severe, you may be an exception. So, seek professional help!

Important for severe cases

Furthermore, if you have a severe case of scalp folliculitis, these home remedies and medications might not work for you. Unfortunately, you may have to opt for more serious methods to treat those painful blisters. These include:

  • Surgical drainage of pus-filled lesions
  • Laser hair removal to get rid of infected follicles
  • Light therapy to destroy microorganisms on the skin

Breaking habits

By now, you probably realize that you need to make a few changes in your routine and habits. 

  • Avoid shaving your head for a few weeks
  • Let your scalp breathe, avoid wearing any headwear
  • Avoid tying your hair too tight
  • Maintain personal hygiene. However, don’t wash your head too frequently
  • Refrain from using products that may build-up
  • Don’t share items like combs, towels, etc.
  • Use mild shampoos
  • Stop rubbing or scratching your head that frequently!

Important reminders

If you’re worried about scalp folliculitis being contagious, then stop. 

Tip: However, do avoid sharing personal hygiene products like towels, razors, combs, etc. Because they may carry infectious agents such as bacteria and fungus. Therefore, making them likely to spread.

Takeaway

Finally, now you know how to get rid of scalp folliculitis. And I know you cannot wait to try out each one of them. 

What’s even better: If you have mild folliculitis, you might not need to pay the doctor extra visits. Thus, saving time and money! 

Adios, bacteria! You won’t have to wear hats to hide that red, painful scalp anymore. Reason being, that these treatments are a surefire way of getting rid of the incessant crusty sores and yellow scabs!

Now, even I can go out and bask in the sunlight without irritating my scalp. 


Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.


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