Folliculitis Decalvans: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Folliculitis decalvans is a rare skin condition that primarily affects the scalp. Folliculitis decalvans isn’t a deadly disease, but it can lead to scarring and permanent disfigurement of the hairline if it is not properly treated.
This article will explain what folliculitis decalvans is, as well as what causes it, its symptoms, and treatment options.
What is Folliculitis Decalvans?
Folliculitis decalvans is a rare, neutrophilic inflammation of the hair follicles which eventually cause hair loss or a slowing or stopping of new hair growth. It’s a chronic condition which usually results in scarring and eventually relapses. The scarring can eventually lead to a permanently, disfigured hairline, which can become hard to manage, and scarring becomes more likely with each, additional relapse. Experts do not know how frequently folliculitis decalvans relapses for the average dermatology patient.
Most people who develop folliculitis decalvans are middle-aged adults. Both men and women are affected by folliculitis decalvans, but it seems that men develop the condition more often the women.
Causes of Folliculitis Decalvans
Experts are unsure what the exact cause of folliculitis decalvans is, but it seems that Staphylococcus Aureus plays a central role in the condition. Some experts believe that folliculitis decalvans is caused by a combination of folliculitis and alopecia, also known as spot baldness.
Experts agree that immunocompromised persons are more likely to develop folliculitis decalvans than patients with stronger, healthier immune systems. Combine an immune deficiency of some sort with the Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria, and a patient's likelihood of developing folliculitis decalvans increases dramatically.
Symptoms of Folliculitis Decalvans
There are several symptoms associated with folliculitis decalvans.
The symptoms of folliculitis decalvans include:
- Itchiness of the scalp
- Hair loss in oval or round patches
- Scarring along the hairline
- Pus-filled pimples or pustules on balding skin patches
- Pain or discomfort
It’s also possible to folliculitis decalvans to develop somewhere on the face, chest, legs or pubic region. Although, it most commonly appears along the scalp and hairline.
If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms, make sure to schedule an appointment with a licensed, medical doctor to get officially diagnosed with folliculitis decalvans. Once you have received an official diagnosis, you can begin treating the condition and hopefully reduce the long-term side effects of folliculitis decalvans. The sooner you’re able to start treating folliculitis decalvans, the less likely you will experience scarring alopecia because of the condition.
Folliculitis Decalvans Treatment Options
It’s important to remember that there is no official cure for folliculitis decalvans. There are ways to treat the condition and reduce its severity, but, in the end, you cannot cure it.
Possible folliculitis decalvans treatment options include:
- Medicated shampoos
- Oral antibiotics
- Antibiotic creams
- Anti-inflammatory tablets
- Anti-inflammatory ointments
- Steroid lotions
- Antibacterial scalp solutions
These treatment options aim to contain and reduce inflammation as well as prevent and minimize possible scarring. Your doctor or dermatologist will know what the best treatment options are for your specific case of folliculitis decalvans and will make some recommendations for what you should do to treat the condition.
Make sure to follow your doctor’s advice and ask them about possible secondary treatment options that may help supplement whatever your doctor may prescribe.
Emuaid Can Help Treat Your Folliculitis Decalvans
Emuaid is a scientifically-based modern, homeopathic, topical ointment whose ingredients have been shown to aid in the treatment and healing processes of dermatology patients that are affected by folliculitis decalvans.
The ingredients found in Emuaid are both antibacterial and antifungal, meaning they can help keep your skin from becoming infected by outside pathogens. Emuaid can also help a patient's scalp from becoming further irritated.
The ingredients in Emuaid can help soothe skin and reduce itching. Emuaid can help reduce peeling and flaking of the skin and help calm the irritation you experience while dealing with a bout of folliculitis decalvans.
Lastly, the ingredients in Emuaid have been found to encourage increased blood flow. Increasing the blood flow to trouble areas of the skin can help aid in the healing process as your body can get more of the resources it needs to places that need them. Increasing the blood flow, therefore, can speed up healing, reduce the possibility of infections, and decrease the chances of scarring.
Emuaid has not only been shown to help patients with folliculitis decalvans, but it has helped with other forms of folliculitis, dermatitis, and herpes as well.
After getting officially diagnosed with folliculitis decalvans, you should ask your doctor if Emuaid is the right supplementary remedy to use in tandem with his or her treatment recommendations.
Try Emuaid today and see the difference our homeopathic remedy can make in your life.