Folliculitis and Hair Loss

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Posted by Hair_Doctor_1990 from the Health category at 21 Oct 2022 10:37:11 am.
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Not all bald spots are from genetics. A particularly patchy type of losscan result from folliculitis, a condition characterized by eruptions to thescalp.

It comes on, generally in the 30s and 40s, a good dozenyears or so after the person thought he or she were past the acne years. Andwhere it happens, mostly in the scalp, might be disconcerting, but initially itis easy to assume “It’s hidden by my hair.”

“It” is folliculitis. Sometimes referred to by the full name“folliculitis decalvans,” it’s a skin condition, a term for inflammation ofhair follicles. In the initial stages the hair does not seem to be affected –and for the most part it isn’t. But over time, if allowed to persist and becomesevere, the inflammation can destroy the hair follicles permanently. The resultis patchy bald spots.

The cause might be overuse of oils and greases that clog thefollicles. However, the cause is most often from a variety of things that breakthe skin and enable bacteria to invade the hair follicles. Exposure to bacteriafrom clothing (hats) and impure water (hot tubs are often problematic if notwell maintained) might be to blame. Other means by which the bacteria can enterthe skin and hair follicles include: shaving, plucking, or waxing; topicalapplication of medication such as coal tar to the skin; and in the case offolliculitis on parts of the body other than the scalp, obesity, tightclothing, or equipment required for sports or an occupation that touches theskin.

Getting a professional diagnosis is an important step inaddressing the problem of folliculitis. This isn’t typically a condition thatcan be addressed by hair loss solutionsoffered by a hairloss treatment clinic. A dermatologist can usually identify it from anin-office observation.

The cure might simply include eliminating the causes. Forexample, if the skin eruptions are where the individual shaves, thedermatologist can recommend different ways to shave. Where clothing or hot tubsare to blame, shifting away to other clothes and cleaner (or none) hot tubs canmake the difference. A dermatologist might also suggest applying a warmcompress several times a day, for 15 to 20 minutes each time, to help clear theskin more quickly. In more severe cases, an antibiotic prescribed by adermatologist might be the smarter route to go.

As for hair loss, the longer the problem is allowed topersist the greater the chance the hair loss will be permanent. It’s truly acase where an early intervention is the best cure.

So, if you want to keep your hair but are experiencing thepimple-like symptoms of folliculitis, see a dermatologist. He or she will beable to identify a smart treatment and, with luck, a way to keep your hair.
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