Wednesday, 09 May 2012 09:57
When the scalp is infected the hair follicles appear like small, white or yellowish pustules that resemble acne. This condition can be caused by several factors such as oily scalp which causes the hair follicle to become clogged and the sebaceous glands then become clogged which leads to a bacterial infection. Several other factors can lead to scalp folliculitis and those are exposure to harsh chemicals, wearing tight fitting hats, lack of proper hygiene, skin condition like dermatitis and eczema and certain health problems like diabetes. People with compromised immune systems like those receiving cancer treatment have also been found to be more susceptible to this condition.
Scalp folliculitis is a highly contagious condition. To prevent the spread of the condition, one should never share his or her personal items like, towels, combs or brushes, and hair accessories. Care for the scalp by not irritating the pustules. Use clean towels and comb the hair gently so as not to break open the sores. Proper hygiene can manage this condition but if the hair follicles look infected consult your physician.
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