Folliculitis

Folliculitis

Hair loss is, for many patients, a major emotional problem. Their once youthful looks appear to rapidly descend as they lose their hair, and with some, their self-confidence. However, there are more causes for concern with hair loss, such as the presence of other conditions which may be causing the symptoms, which subsequently must be diagnosed and treated effectively. It is of vital importance to consult an expert physician to assist with diagnosis and help organise an effective programme of treatment for the symptoms, and any potential underlying causes of the hair loss, or irritation.

A particular condition which can give rise to hair loss is that of flocculates. This is the infection and inflammation of hair follicles, which can take course anywhere there is hair, particularly on the scalp, legs and in the nose, and can cause significant itching ad discomfort for those who suffer from it.

Resembling small red pimples, folliculitis can cause itchiness and soreness, and result in crusty sores. To treat this condition, it is common for a prescription of antibiotics to try to eradicate the bacterial cause of the symptoms. If patients suffer from recurrences of this condition, it is less beneficial to take a course of antibiotics, and more advisable to ingest some more targeted medication, such as minocycline, which can be taken for up to five weeks, or some form of active lotion to calm the infected area. If the patient has sensitive skin, it is important to avoid friction from clothing or from excessive rubbing of the area, as this will serve to further aggravate the condition and lead to further hair loss and damage. Additionally, moisturising cream in the area may also help to cool the itching and soreness, and prevent the scratching which causes excessive hair loss, which will ultimately help keep the condition at bay until further medical assistance and treatment can be sought.

The condition can be found in any one of any age, although is often the result of shaving on sensitive skin, or similar. The hair loss caused by this condition is the result of the scratching and itching brought on by the infection. Additionally, the damage caused to the hair by the infection makes it more brittle and far more susceptible to damage and sudden loss.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, self help measures such as moisturising and avoiding frictional contact can go a long way to reducing the hair loss this condition induces. However, it is undoubtedly of most benefit to consult your physician over the matter. Your physician will be trained to competence in all matter surrounding hair loss, and will be able to effectively diagnose your condition and propose treatments. He will also help calm your fears, and sooth your symptoms until effective recovery can take place. If you are at all worried about the symptoms you are experiencing it is always advisable to visit your physician for a general health check, and analysis of your physical state at that time.