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Scalp Folliculitis - not a single entity

Scalp Folliculitis: what is it? what causes it?

Scalp folliculitis refers to conditions having inflammation within the hair follicle opening.  This is a very common condition in the population and there many causes of scalp folliculitis, including bacterial, viral, fungal causes, overuse of hair products, irritants, heat, ingrown hairs.

Treatments are targeted towards addressing the cause. Both bacterial causes, antibacterial washes and topical antibiotics may be used. Reducing occlusive hair products is helpful for those with folliculitis from overuse of greasy products. I especially like my patients with folliculitis to treat their folliculitis before getting a hair transplant.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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