Posted by Thirtysomthing (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/03/2011
My History: I have had scalp folliculitis for the last couple of years. It begain as just one pimple on my scalp near my hairline near ear. Then it progressed to spreading to the back of the head and then to the sides of the head. At first I would get one every month or so. I went to the dermatologist and was told I had scalp folliculitis and put on minocycline for one month. This cleared up the folliculitis right away. Also told to use salicyclic acid shampoo. But about one week after I stopped taking the antibiotic it came back except worse. Now I would get the pimples more often and they were bigger and more painful. So painful infact that I had to stop wearing hats. And I always have to be mindful when laying down due to the pain by resting your head on one of these tender areas.
Back to the derms office and now I was given the another round of antibiotics, Dicloxicillin. This also cleared up the folliculitis, but as before the folliculitis came back worse about 2 weeks after being off antibiotics. Now I was getting 2-5 pimples/boils a day. Determined to get back to the days when I had a healthy scalp I found this website and decided to try the remedies here. I didn't know what worked so I tried everything.
First I tried soaking my scalp in dilute vinegar solution. This helped relieve the itching but I still got the pimples. The vinegar does not smell very good, unless you love the smell of vinegar potato chips. And it burns if it gets into your eyes. Difficult to keep in place on your scalp.
Then I tried the following: Tea Tree oil after blow drying my hair dry after showers. Usually I don't ever touch the blow dryer as I normally wear my hair short and just let it air dry. My understanding wife helps me apply the tea tree oil. As it is almost impossible to see the back of your head from a mirror. I also began using neosporin on the active pimple/boils. In addition I took turmeric shots everyday (a tablespoon of tumeric in a little bit of water). Eventually I switched to the tumeric pills, they are much better. I changed my pillow case nightly. Actually I use clean t-shirts as pillow cases. I have more t-shirts then I have pillow cases.
It has been 2 and half weeks and the result is quite amazing. The folliculitis is nearly gone. I have been getting less pimples. This week I didn't have one. It feels like I am on antibiotics but I am not. Also I am not getting the nausea or having to stay out of the sunlight like while on antibiotics. My wife says that my scalp looks less red and she sees no more pimples. It looks and feels like its healing.
Thanks for everyone sharing their experiences. I am the happiest man. Now I will just keep it up and keep my fingers crossed. Hopefully this is behind me.