My Story with Tufted folliculitis

It all began in 2001 when I was studying at a large International university in Western Europe. One day I noticed a small pink spot on my pillow, but I did not pay any attention to it at first. The spot started to appear more often even on the wall I rested my head against while studying. I inspected my scalp and found a small bump on the back of my head on the right from my vertex. I thought it might be a scalp pimple or something so I let it be hoping it will disappear by itself. But it did not heal, instead it got slightly bigger and a stinky liquid started to leak from the weakened scalp. I decided to have it checked by a dermatologist after I return home.

In 2002 my dermatologist back home took a sample with a cotton bud and sent it to the department of microbiology for analysis. It came back positive on a fungus infection so she prescribed me tablets of LAMISIL® (terbinafine hydrochloride). At the same time I found out that I have got a beginning fungus infection between the webbing of my toes (middle toe, fourth toe and pinky toe) on both feet. I attributed this for me a disturbing new condition to visiting a public swimming pool in the sports complex of that International University, as the pool they have got there was not very clean. I was taking LAMISIL for about 6 months. It has helped me to get completely rid of the fungus on both my toe webbings and my scalp.

Results from the new cotton-bud sample returned from the lab confirmed that my scalp was fungus-free, which was good news. However, my bump did not shrink a slightest bit. I started thinking that perhaps it is some viral or bacterial infection again from that pool, maybe from some student from an exotic country, who suffered from it and the wet and humid environment of the pool and its facilities helped it to spread and infect other visitors of the sports center.

Based on the recommendation of my dermatologist I had been using several anti-dandruff and antimycotic shampoos like Nizoral® (ketoconazole), Node DS+ (climbazole, salicylic acid), Kertyol P.S.O. (sulphur, salicylic acid, kertyol) and Polytar AF (sulphur). While these shampoos worked very well for the dandruff, they did nothing with my bump.

My dermatologist has prescribed me a combination of cream and lotion of BATRAFEN® (ciclopirox). It is not clear to me why she has chosen another type of antimycoticum when the results from the lab tested negative for mycotic infection. No wonder I have not experienced any results with this treatment either.

My bump was getting bigger, slowly turning the surrounding healthy scalp into infected bumpy tissue with a regular leakage of sometimes smelly yellow or pinkish liquid. My body started forming scabs on the leaking infected scalp. These scabs were itching and even though I tried hard not to touch that area of my scalp, I regularly scratched off several scabs what caused a stronger leakage of that liquid and the scabs formed in those places again.

The hair in the infected area have created strange tight formations of about 10-15 hair that seemed to be growing out of a single pore canal. These hair formations were about 3 milimeters (0.11 inch) from each other and the remaining space in-between was just hairless scalp, which was pink and shiny, resembling a scar tissue. The final effect was exactly the same as when you look at hair of a Barbie doll.

During the Summer of 2004 I started noticing symptoms of a hay fever – itchy eyes, runny nose, trouble breathing, coughing. I went to an immunologist and tested positive on a grass pollen allergy. I received a pollen vaccination and my regimen consisted of TELFAST® (fexofenadine), SERETIDE™ DISKUS™ (fluticasone, salmeterol), NASONEX® (mometasone) and LUIVAC® (lysatum bacteriale mixtum). For the first two years I took this treatment seriously, then it was on and off depending on my condition during the problematic months. I was also taking some probiotic medicine in-between to strengthen my immune system. I completely quit taking any immunosuppressive drugs in late 2010.

It took me about 4 years after I decided to change the dermatologist in 2006. First, I went to my general practitioner, who has prescribed me a lotion of TRIAMCINOLON-IVAX® (triamcinolone) and a couple of custom-made lotions prepared for me by a local pharmacy. The prepared lotions did not do much good, but TRIAMCINOLON has worked like a charm. The swelling was down by 90% in about 3 days. It was a major improvement for me since I started visiting doctors. Too bad that TRIAMCINOLON could not straighten out the remaining 10% of the swollen bumpy area and if I did not apply the lotion for a day or two, the swelling was back fairly quickly.

My general practitioner has sent me to a different dermatologist. It was a young dermatologist who told me she has never seen a condition similar to mine and she does not want to go for trial-and-error journey with me. So she advised me to go to the director of the Department of Dermato-Venereology at the University hospital.

At the doctor’s office of University hospital I took several treatments of CRYOTHERAPY, where they poured liquid nitrogen in a special cup from which the nurse applied the liquid nitrogen on my scalp with a thick cotton bud. This was supposed to stop the inflammation processes in my scalp, but it has only irritated my scalp and new swelling nodules started emerging around that original bump. When I finished this treatment, the infected area of my scalp was already about 8 centimeters (3 inches) in diameter.

The head doctor of the department decided that they have to perform a BIOPSY, so they took a sample of live infected tissue from my scalp and sent it to a histology lab. She said she already knows what the diagnosis is, but she needs to support her opinion with a result from laboratory analysis, otherwise the insurance company will not cover the treatment she is about to put me on.

By instinct I knew that cutting into my infected scalp will only make things worse, so I wanted to get a second opinion on this. By a total coincidence I found a dermatologist who just returned from Japan and started her own practice in a nearby city. When she also advised for biopsy, I finally agreed to undergo this procedure. To my surprise, it went well and the wound healed without any problems.

When the results from histology came in, I finally (after 6 years) heard the diagnosis, which the lab expert, the head doctor of dermatology at the hospital and that new dermatologist independently on each other identified as Perifolliculitis Capitis Abscedens et Suffodiens. The report literally says: “The predominant image is a breakdown of hair follicles, with lymphohistiocytic infiltrate with a giant cellular reaction around the remainings of hair with scarring. The morphological image corresponds to perifolliculitis capitis abscedens et suffodiens”.

I remember I thought to myself, great, now we know what we are up against and the cure will be a piece of cake. Only later I have read on the Internet that this is a disease of unknown etiology and there is no known cure for it yet, but there are a couple of treatments with unsatisfactory results. But the big surprise was still to come – just keep reading.

After learning what my diagnosis is, I decided to go to that new dermatologist. At the University hospital I had to wait for 2 hours every time I went there and when I finally got in the doctor’s office, both the head doctor and the nurse were quite rude to me (they were rude to everybody so I did not take it personally). Plus they have sent me to that cryotherapy, which has significantly worsened my condition.

In 2007, my newest dermatologist performed several blood tests, out of which the most important was the liver hormone test. She has prescribed me the tablets of ROACCUTANE (isotretionin). My daily regimen was 50mg (30mg in the morning and 20mg in the evening) of ROACCUTANE per day for the first 8 weeks. Then I was supposed to lower my dosage to only 40mg per day (20mg in the morning and 20mg in the evening). When you are on ROACCUTANE you need to take a certain cumulative dose based on your weight over a certain period of time for the drug to work.

Then I got a good job abroad and my dermatologist agreed that we will be consulting over the phone and that my parents can pick the prescriptions up for me while I am gone.

My body responded swiftly to the new regimen and within only 2 weeks my bumps were gone, and I mean completely gone. My scalp was nice and flat just like before when I was healthy. Scabs formed in the infected wounded areas of my scalp, but this time I could feel these were healthy scabs without inflammation or itching. The scalp underneath the scabs fully healed, the scabs gradually fell off and for the first time after 6 years I could feel I had a normal healthy scalp. Of course, the hair was still growing in those crazy formations, but my scalp felt good. For me this was a dream come true! At this point, I could not be happier.

The turning point in my treatment was the day I was supposed to lower my dosage, which I did exactly as I was told to by my dermatologist. Already a couple of days later I had bumpy scalp again and also the stinky leaking liquid appeared. Moreover, I got some strange infection, which cause my scalp to produce smelly sticky green goo. I was horrified and returned home immediately.

Tufted folliculitis

I took this photo in 2007 when my scalp with tufted folliculitis got infected with Staphylococcus aureus during the treatment with Roaccutane

The infection has turned out to be an aggressive staphylococcal infection and I had to take antibiotic drugs. My dermatologist has also prescribed me a set of two strong custom-made creams. The first one had a strong antibiotic effect and the other contained a high concentration of salicylic acid to help my scalp shed sick cells more rapidly. I applied large amounts of these two creams on my scalp and the infection disappeared in about 2 weeks. The bumps persisted though.

After that I consulted my dermatologist and asked for a second round of ROACCUTANE as this has been the most successful treatment up until then. However, for some unknown reason, she was against it and instead prescribed me a cream of FUCIDIN® (fucidic acid) and a lotion of BELOSALIC® (betamethasone, salicylic acid). To my surprise, this combined treatment has produced very good results – the swelling has significantly decreased and my scalp, which has been irritated and red, turned back into the good old shiny pink scalp. This was in 2008.

I would best describe the following period (from 2009 to 2011) as my dark ages… My condition persisted and whenever I stopped applying the prescribed medicine even for several days, things started getting worse. I was desperate and there has not been any viable solution in sight. Most of the time, I was on that combination of FUCIDIN and BELOSALIC with occasional use of different types and brands of antibiotics (that was whenever I got another staphylococcal infection).

My dermatologist has tried several topical treatments and drugs on me. I got the worst results with a shampoo called CLOBEX® (clobetasol). I used this shampoo for only 3 days. When I applied it on my scalp, it was itching and I got a feeling of burning. I was naively thinking to myself that yes, this must be working. Sadly, after the third day with this shampoo I could feel a bald hairless spot in the infected area of my scalp of about 1cm (0.5 inch) in diameter. I do not need to tell you that I was horrified and depressed like never before.

Since then my condition was only getting worse. Many times I just simply gave up and did not apply anything on my scalp at all. Other time I sought herbal remedies like chamomile tea or fresh leaves of the walnut tree (this has actually worked surprisingly well, but the benefits were short-lived), I even considered taking the Gerson therapy.

In 2011, I went through periods when the inflammation of my scalp was so severe that thick chunks of skin with hair were coming of my scalp. I kept several of these chunks in case some expert will want to inspect them in the future. It felt like I was rotting alive. For some reason I remembered that movie The Fly, the scene where Seth Brundle stands in front of his bathroom mirror. Needless to say, there has not been any hair growth in those areas ever since, just a bald scar tissue, which was growing outwards by infecting the surrounding healthy hair. Sometimes I was so desperate that when my scalp was itching I just poured pure ethanol on it to disinfect it. It was a dumb thing to do, I know.

Tufted folliculitis

Some of the hair tufts with chunks of skin that fell off of my scalp

By the end of 2012 the region of my bald scarred scalp was already about 5 centimeters (2.5 inches) in diameter. I was taking only FUCIDIN to slow down the scarring of my scalp. I applied it as needed, especially when the swelling got worse. Treatment with FUCIDIN alone (applied one time in the evening) turned out to be very efficient (the swelling was reduced considerably every time I applied it) and it took little time to take effect (usually within a day or two).

In January 2013 was the time for my big surprise I was telling you about. While gathering material for this web site, from books and articles on dermatology and hair disorders, about Perifolliculitis Capitis Abscedens et Suffodiens (a.k.a. Dissecting Cellulitis, a.k.a. Hoffman disease), I accidentally found out that for all these years I was misdiagnosed…

Tufted folliculitis

My scalp with tufted folliculitis as of March 2013 showing fully exposed extensive scarring alopecia. I never thought it will ever go this far. :(

My correct diagnosis is a variant of Folliculitis Decalvans called Tufted Folliculitis. Even though this is also a neutrophilic inflammatory primary cicatricial alopecia, the treatment is different from that of Dissecting Cellulitis. I kind of knew something was wrong because whenever I looked at pictures of patients with dissecting cellulitis, the condition of my scalp just looked different.

According to the textbooks on dermatology and articles published in scientific journals of dermatology, the only effective treatment of folliculitis decalvans and tufted folliculitis is a compound called RIFAMPICIN in combination with other antibiotics. I was thrilled, sensing a new hope in finally stopping the disease.

I went to my dermatologist to tell her the good news. To my great astonishment, she just said she thinks this treatment is way off and I should stop searching the Internet… Even though it is not an exact parallel, I somehow recalled the movie The Shawshank Redemption, the scene where Andy Dufresne tells warden Norton about a clear evidence that he is innocent.

She then prescribed me ROACCUTANE again (60mg per day: 30-0-30) in combination with injectables of POLYOXIDONIUM (polyoxidonium). POLYOXIDONIUM is a drug used to treat acute or chronic bacterial or viral infections and allergies, which are accompanied by patient’s secondary immunodeficiencies. My dermatologist told me that the frequency of my POLYOXIDONIUM injections was to be decided by my allergist due to a prescription constraint for dermatologists. After 2 months on this regimen I was supposed to come back for a check-up.

I took 5 shots of POLYOXIDONIUM over a course of 3 weeks, but no major improvement has occurred. I have not started taking ROACCUTANE as I very well remember how badly my ROACCUTANE treatment ended up in 2007. Also my last blood and liver tests showed some unsatisfactory values mainly for cholesterol and some liver hormones. Moreover, if you read through the side effects of ROACCUTANE, I think it would be too much of a gamble just “to try it out again”. Therefore, I decided to take action on my own.

55 thoughts on “My Story with Tufted folliculitis

  1. Walter

    Hi, I’ve just been diagnosed with Folliculitis Decalvans after I had been misdiagnosed for 6 months (derma thought I had cellulitis). I’ve now been on Rifampicin+Clindamycin 300mg BD for 2 weeks, but have yet to see an improvement. I couldn’t find anywhere on the Internet how long it usually takes to see an improvement, so I’m starting to get desperate again.

    I’m curious how your story continued. Did you ever undergo the Rifampicin treatment? Has anything helped at all?

    My Folliculitis Decalvans was triggered about a month after I started an 40mg/day isotretinoin course (~ 6.5 months ago) to treat my acne. I used to suffer with intermittent bouts of folliculitis before I started the isotretinoin course, but they would resolve on their own after 3-5 days, so maybe that could be related. I’ve stopped the isotreninoin course 2 weeks ago & started the Rifampicin+Clindamycin course instead, as advised by dermatologist.

    I’ve been finding tufts of hair like in the photo you posted, with dead skin attached. I’m scared. I can’t afford to have hair loss. My self-esteem is already heavily damaged thanks to my acne.

    I’d be glad to help in case you need further information. Thanks for this website, but I’d like to know how your story continues.. !

    1. rob m

      the rifampicin+clindamycin combo is a 13 week treatment. Have u seen any results so far?
      Theres this person who clamed he cured his folliculitis decalvans with the oral antufungal Nizoral (400mg/day) after all the other antubiotics failed.
      Hears rthe link:

      Let me know what u think

    2. Lalin from Vietnam so my english is not so good because it is second language.i have had scalp folliculitis from 6 years ago,firstly I didn’t realize i had it until the day I scratched my scalp hardly at night and fell lots of hair,after that i went to hospital for text and they gave to me some kind of cream to apply on my helped but not the best result i was scalp still had itchy and the folliculitis started to drop with nut like pimple.after several times tried to use many kind of oral antibiotics and creams,shampoo,the pimples grow up and down but never ever my scalp into control and the way im doing is very simple,i use vinegar to apply on my scalp,specially on the bumps and leave it there after dry my hair by fan,dont let your hair get wet or dirty.i repeat vinegar on it 2 or 3 times a day and forget about it,dont touch or try to pinch your pimples,they ll disappeared by itself,sometimes it will come back but only 2 to 5 tiny pimples i continue use vinegar it ll be ok after few i only have a problem that is my natural thin hair lose a lot everyday and even look thiner but im happy that the pimples are not annoying me like they did before.try to be positive spirit and drink lots of water,use the shampoo you think your scalp is ok with,sleep enough and eating well will be help.hope this disease will be cure somedays

    3. Jake Ramsay


      I have been having the same issues for thr past 6yrs. I have been to many dermatologists as well and not much changed. I took antibiotics for 8 months straight and it helped but the day I stoped the bumps returned. I am starting to lose more and more hair in the back of my head and would really like help. Has anything changed for you since this post??

  2. Alice

    I read your story and I could almost think that it was written by my husband. In 2009 he started to have the first symptoms and he had tried everything during the last years, including Roaccutane.
    The doctor that treats him now diagnosed Perifolliculitis Capitis Abscedens et Suffodiens. After reading your story, I think he has the same disease as yours.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to search about this topic and for sharing all this information… that helps a lot!! It would be nice if you update your story to know how you are now.

  3. Dgamblin

    I could have wrote the same story, mine started in the late nineties, I have never found any combination of medicines or ointments that work. Some help but not for an extended period of time, or the side effects are worse than the hair issues. I am presently using coconut oil, it has been as good as anything I’ve used and can be bought at the supermarket.
    Thanks for your story.

  4. Rajaey

    Hi , first of all thanks for your story. in fact i read your story and surprising for your patience and how you cope all this years with all this medicine you try it, and you would not give up.
    hope you find the way out of this .

  5. Jeremy Young

    I have been dealing with this disorder for over 15 years and have found a way to deal with the disorder. Not only have I almost died from the staph infection that it caused I have had at least 2 major surgeries to repair the damaged tissue. First off stop taking anti-biotics. Next change your pillow case at least once a week. Take Benadryl before you go to sleep to dry out your body. Do not ever shave with a razor only clippers. Haircuts must be completely sterile. Have someone pull your tufted hairs before they get inflamed. Use mild shampoo like head and shoulders. Refrain from fragrance products. After each shower use a 2% salycic acid wipe like a stridex pad everytime. Remember that your goal is to prevent infection of the inflamed area if one occurs. Typically the area will scar over if you don’t excise the cyst. Once excised get a doctor to inject at least 10% kenalog steroids once a month into the bumps. They will shrink in 2 to 3 treatments. My scars have gone from 1/2 bumps to completely flat skin, though you can still see the scar in certain light. If you need help or advice please email me. There is no quick fix only finding a way to manage the disorder. Last I repeat do not use any form of antibiotic or cream to treat the area unless the infection becomes severe. They weaken your immune system and cause you to get frequent infections. Staying clean is the only way to keep from getting flair ups. I have no idea how any of this works, but hot salt water compresses relive the pressure on the bumps and provide relief. The last thing is to remove fluid buildup from infected areas. If you treat the with cream or pills the enlarged area just hardens over into a keloid. The dermatologist needs to be your friend to lance the areas then inject the keloid. If you can get injected in a day or two after you notice then the area will go away.

    1. Youssef

      Dear Jeremy,

      I have the same condition but only for shorter number of years and it is fairly aggressive, but more so during times of stress, it seems to have active and inactive stages. I was wondering If you inject the scarred area without excision will they go away, and secondly what type of hand sanitizer do you use? Thanks for your help

    2. Maritza Vargas

      Thank you very much for posting your case.
      My husband is in the second phase of antibiotics suggested treatment but this is not giving the expected results. I am very worried about him. I would like to get in contact with you to share and exchange information. My mail is:
      Thanks you,
      Maritza Vargas

    3. Trina

      Ive been suffering with exact symptoms for over 10 years! It is so very painful!, and I still do not have definite diagnosis. The last dermatologist I saw suggested I pulled/picked my hair out subconsciously! I was so offended and left another Drs visit in tears! Please tell me what type of dr diagnosed your condition.
      Thank you and healthy prayers to you too!

  6. sarah

    I also have tufted folliculitis. However, it is very mild and I usually only have 2-3 small pencil eraser sized spots on my head at a time. I’ve never seen more than 7 hairs in one bunch but I usually just pull them out and then it goes away in a few days. I find steroids help. Salicylic acid helps too. I’ve tried everything from washing my hair with purified drinking water and baking soda, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar for 6 months and it only helped some. My newest thing is that I found out I have a little bit high estrogen and I am pretty sure I have high androgens. My ab- blood type suggests that I have highest levels of antigens as well. I have extremely oily skin and scalp. The water I wash my hair with since this started has been well water. I have had this for 3 + years and it started after I moved to my grandmothers house. Now she has well water and I can say for a fact that she has gotten notices from the water company saying that hey have found e coli in the water several times. I even remember hearing of someone who got violently ill from it. So whether that has anything to do with it , im not sure. I do know though that since this began I have never had one time where I have been without at least one area of my scalp tufted. I got on the depo provera shot a week ago and low and behold I have no tufted areas. I heard the depo doesn’t necessarily lower estrogen but it has progestins which kind of cancel some of the effects of the high estrogen. Another thing it does is LOWER androgens and stop the follicle cycle of regrowth. Thinner hair perhaps in the long run but if it has solved this problem then I am all for it.
    I would also like to say I feel extremely horrible for those who have severe tufted folliculitis. I have seen online how bad it can really get. I am extremely lucky. My prayers and well wishes go to all of those who suffer with this horrible problem.

  7. Juan Camilo

    Hey, I have the same problem than you! as I see I am losing hair in the same way that you.I dont Know what to do…I am not taking antibiotics now and there is a lot of things that we can talk about our lifestyle and maybe we can find something common and try to know what is the cause of this disease. This is shit and its a big problem that dermatologists cant give a solutions.

  8. natasha

    I have had this condition for 21 years – i find that ”exfoliating the scalp” by scrubbing vigorously with the fingertips for 10 – 15 minutes with a mild shampoo (I use RUSK shampoo) helps. I also soak my scalp in fairly warm water for 10 minutes (when I bathe) in order to soften the skin prior to washing my hair. I then soak it again in warm clean water and massage again to rinse it. Then I blowdry the scalp thoroughly. It seems like a long process, however it is very effective. I keep a pump bottle of hand sanitizer on my counter, and if I notice a bump starting, I dab a small amount onto the area. This seems to ”dry them out” and prevents them from getting bigger. I still get the bumps but they no longer get infected, they stay small, and I am no longer losing my hair. I would say I am at least 80-90% better now. Good luck guys

    1. Christer

      Thanks a lot for your tip. I also had this disease for over 20 years and tried everything without good result. It is diffucult but what can you do? And it could be worse…
      Happy to know that you`re sucessful in your treatment.
      best regards

    2. Terence

      Hi there,

      I stubbled across this website like many others looking for cures to this mysterious disease which I believe is also connected to my other skin afflictions. I can just say my skin is a rotten sack of flesh or I was given bad genetics. Here’s how I control my folliculitis. But before, I would like to share my story of how staph tried to kill me and how this microbe ruined my life.

      Any recommendations on how to get rid of permanent scars would also be much appreciated.

      Here’s my story:

      I have been plagued with bad skin for most of my life. As a kid, I got chicken pox like any normal child but the healing wounds quickly got infected by staphylococcus. This led to a few days in a hospital where after several antibiotics later, my wounds healed. Now, I am left with a few permanent white flat scars. You might say I nearly died from this. I had developed cellulitis.

      As a kid, I also developped several warts on my hands and knees that would never go. Luckily, they disappeared as an adult and left no scars. Now, they are coming back. To my surprise, I have one growing on my finger and another on my nose. I have many other skin maladies to worry about than this at this point.

      As a teenager, I developped cystic acne which later turned into acne conglobata (thanks to staph).

      My teenage years are just bad memories of horrid skin, scarring, pain, cysts, blood stains on my t-shirts and pus. My back, shoulders, buttocks and thighs developed huge cysts which turned to boils. My chest and abdomen were also affected but after several months, the chest and abdomen growths healed and left me no visible reminders (I do have some minor scars but they are hardly noticeable even to me). My back however is another story.

      The opportunistic staph bacteria infected the big acne cysts which would later rupture and fuse together underneath my skin. The acne causing bacteria and staph attacked my joints. Thus, a dermatologist diagnosed me with acne conglobata. This caused me severe pain. So as a teenager, I had difficulty walking or sleeping on my back. My facial acne was also severe. I took several rounds of antibiotics which somewhat cleared most of my acne. I did not take Accutane as the antibiotics worked but I believe my lifestyle changes also helped to clear my acne.

      The result of my severe acne was that am now left with several facial dents although they are pretty small ( I guess I am lucky in a way that my skin doesn’t scar that easily). My back, shoulders and thighs have scars similar to those white flat ones I got from staph as a kid. I got plenty of these and I still do get back pimples way into adulthood. I also have a condition called anetoderma which is a scarring condition brought up by all those cystic flare ups. These are small white raised lesions covering parts of my back. The elastic properties of my skin are forever gone thus creating these bulging white lesions.

      This is where it gets interesting.

      All those acne meds, also gave me gram negative folliculitis years later. At some point, my thighs and legs were covered with thousands of pimples with a yellow head on top. I had given up on doctors at this point and applied a bunch of acids such as vinegar and alcohol on the bumps which somehow made them go away. However, the heat generated from my pants makes me get folliculitis on occasion all over my legs, buttocks and thighs once more. A complication of staph living in abundance on my skin.

      With acne as a teenager, also came scalp psoriasis. I still have scalp psoriasis. It makes me get horrid dandruff. I have to wash my hair once a day or two because huge chunks of hair fall off with skin everytime when I touch my head. This makes my hair oily if not washed. Also, all those patches of skin are unpleseant to see. I leave my hair a little long and avoid dark clothes to hide my red scalp and make the patches of flaking skin less noticeable on my clothes. Also, I was diagnosed with tufted folliculitis which makes things more complex.

      Bacteria attacks my scalp as it is vulnerable from psoriasis. The bumps they form heal fast as my psoriasis allows for faster skin cell turn over than normal people. Years of bumpy scalp also left me with streaks of hairless skin. As I mentioned before, my faith in dermatologists is gone, I diagnosed myself with this condition seeing how patches of my scalp are now hairless and I have 3 or 4 hairs coming out of a single follicule. I did see one derm for this who was shocked to hear about all Ive gone through.

      Tufted folliculitis was also her diagnosis several years after my self diagnosis. Although it was as its early stages, she explained to me they had no cure, they don’t know what causes it however staph ONCE MORE could be a culprit.

      Here’s how I potentially cured mine:

      My tufted folliculitis was not severe. My scalp psoriasis seems to keep the bumps under control but I have some patches of hairless tissue. I also had a mild case of acne keloiodalis nuchae which I believe I got from a barber who didn’t sterilize his cutting tools. Another gift of staph. This means that where my neck and my hairline meet, I also got bumps which leave patches of hairless skin. Another form of scarring alopecia.

      Years of using special soaps, not using razers when cutting my hair, disinfecting my scalp, eating healthy, washing my towels often, washing my hats often, washing my clothes often, sterilizing all hair cutting tools, using water only, no gels, and washing my hair often have helped me save my hair. I had two types as stated earlier: folliculitis decalvans and acne keloiodalis nuchae. The bumps are less frequent now. As we speak, I have none. I believe I tackled this stupid thing in the beginning with sanitation and I managed to contain it’s spread. Every now and then, I am scared it will come back worse than ever. This is why finding a cure would be ideal.

      All I can say is staphylococcus has made me a very sick man. Here’s to hoping, I don’t catch the flesh eating disease. Years of bumps, pimples and boils have ruined my skin. I am thankful I can hide my scars with a beard, a hat and clothing as others cannot and have worse scarring than I do. I also cannot shave as the staph will quickly penetrate into hair follicules also giving me large pus filled boils for weeks. I do my best to sterilize everything before I shave and sterilize my skin after. I believe this also helps kill this microbe.

      Doing research on this bacteria on the Internet has led me to believe that it lives on everyone’s skin but for some of us it causes complications. It’s aggressive and doesn’t respond to existing treatments easily. You can also die from it if it infects your internal organs. It often opens the door to the flesh eating virus and brings a life threatening condition known as cellulitis.

      Our best bet would be if they could somehow find a way to regenerate our skin. The only way to get rid of this would be to simply cut out the infected skin and regenerate it just like cutting out rust.

  9. Capri

    Hi um I think I might have what you have but I’m also very young and pregnant. I also live in a small town and dont have the money to go to some place with big hospitals or whatever and I dont know what to do. My scalp itches and leaks clear stuff that stinks and I have scabs everywhere and they somewhat go away when I wash it but by the next say the scabs come back from the itching and the leaky stuff. And I also have a bald spot. When I pull out a piece of hair on the root it has a black tip and has a lot of clear sticky wet stuff on it I think is from the infection. My mom has me on antibiotics and benadril but they havnt seemed to be helping that much and she thinks I might have to shave my head. What do you think I should do?

  10. Mike

    I have been diagnosed with folliculitis decalvans. Pretty nervous about it. I have roughly 7 patches of hair that won’t grow back. I think it might have been caused by the excessive running and jogging I would do everyday. Is it possible the sweat was causing the damage?

  11. Lana

    The girl I want to hire to take care of my child has folliculitis decalvans. Is this contagious? I did some reading but it’s not clear to me. Some sites say No, but some say Yes.
    Thank you

    1. tomas Post author

      Hello, to my knowledge Folliculitis decalvans is not contagious. However, the aetiology of the disease is officially unknown. So do not take any chances and better look for another person to take care of your child.

      1. Heidi Baldwin

        No, it’s not contagious, just like acne or psoriasis or eczema. Your baby sitter is more likely to catch childhood illnesses from your kids. I think it’s great that you are checking, but I’m sure she would be quite devastated to find she didn’t get a job due to her skin issue. I’m 40, and I’m dealing with the same issue. My family and kids have never had an issue other than my insecurity of dealing with so many issues.

        The most important thing, as far as hygiene safety goes, is make sure everyone knows how to wash their hands properly, and keep everyone up to date with how germs are spread, how long they live on different surfaces, and don’t share good or drinks. I have 6 kids, my oldest is 22 and my youngest is 8. If there is one thing that will cut down on all viruses and bacteria it’s proper hand washing.

        Good luck.

  12. Guillermo Rivera

    You was right about rifampicin, your doctor was an idiot.
    The rigth combination is Rifampicin plus claritromicyn or plus Clindamicin.
    You should take this combination for several month, I took it for 20 months ! One really important thing is, even after you look like cure, keep using it for at least another 5 months.
    Do a research about this combination on , there you can get many abstract of papers.

    Also, you can add retapamulin ( altargo ) from GSK as topical, two times per day. Plus a shampoo with salicilyc acid.

    PS : For me

  13. Anders Vejen


    Just thought I would share my own experience and current “cure”. I was diagnosed with Folliculitis Decalvans at least 5 years ago and went through most of the various medications and treatments mentioned here and all the other sites I have found. Some of which made my urine red and other side effects. None of which cured me, and no, I am still not cured.

    But, I no longer have itching and a red scalp and my dermatologist is very, very pleased. Because every day after bathing I put on olive oil on my scalp. One of the last medications I got was Dalacin in a bottle with a permeable top underneath a removable lid, and this bottle I now have filled with ordinary cooking virgin olive oil that I can easily and without mess put on my scalp.

    Just thought I would share this as it might help other people with this annoying condition.

    Best regards

    Anders Vejen

  14. james booker

    Rifampicn ( like you told ) plus Claritromicyn is the way to go ! I tried many, many meds ( acitretine, tretinoin, fusidic acid, many corticoids, etc, etc,etc ) and the only things that worked for me what this combo for a whole year ! Now I am more than 2 years free after that whole year ! so counting that whole year ( it started to see results after two weeks ) I am 3 years free !
    Also get probiotic to avoid the side effects of a long course of antibiotics.
    The key is, even when you see that all the infection is gone, keep use them ! on my first course I stoped too soon and it got back, then the whole year course !
    Good luck !

  15. sue norman

    i am suffering from the condition but mainly on my pubic area. I am a very hairy person anyway but this has caused me so much discomfort lowering self esteem etc etc. I have presently upto 4 hairs per folicle however im seeing them begin to increase to 5 and 6. I also have very frequent bouts of cellulitus in many different parts of my body the worst being my right breast. I use fusidic acid cream and hibiscrub (its what surgeons scrub up with prior to surgery). The other problem is i have very poor circulation and i do produce far more surface skin bacteria than normal, so thats why i have to wash with the hibiscrub. I do get ingrown hair also all over my body but not on my head (so far). I also do bathe any areas with hot salty water its miraculous for most infected parts of our bodies and will dry out and destroy most bacterial infections. Its wonderful to have found your story and also to read everyones replies, so thankyou, thanks to everyone and good luck, its an awful condition and i have had some horrific breakouts on my pubic area, all of wich first began after i went for the first and only bikini wax and leg wax. The woman told me to pliuck out any hairs that hadnt been long enough and following this i got an infection that became an horrific secondary infection. I have such thick hairs they really are and on my pubic area especially so. So since then iv had this problem, years ago i never used to shave either and i didnt have any trouble with my hair. So againthankyou all and i wish you well

    1. Youssef Youssef

      I wonder whether what youre describing is a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa rather than folliculitis decalvans which affects the scalp area.. Sorry to interfere but i am a GP doctor as well and folliculitis decalvans sufferer

  16. Skim

    I have similar problem with this, but in my case it appears in small size all over my scalp. I have been taking Amoxicillin, which have helped for a very long time, but those red bumps start to come back when i stop taking it for about 2 weeks. This is only my own pure experiments but i find mosturizing body shampoo on my scalp helped more than those shampoos. I am currently taking anti biotic, Amoxicillin and applying Dove shampoo original with soybean oil on ingredient list.

  17. pam

    Anyone who has scalp folliulitus, did this ever travel to your ears? I have it on the left side of head and by ears,a couple in ears, do they act like spore? Please get back to me I do not know what to try first they are popping up on my face now. Thank you anyone.

  18. Mohammed

    I had this condition since I was 16 back in the year 2000. It took so many doctor visits and so much money to cone up with a diagnosis. It was FD. Long story short. I have been maintaining the disease since that. In beginning aggresive stage, ROaccutane+ Topical clandymicin+rifampicin and salysilic-sulfur shampooos were able to stop aggression. As an experienced person with having the disease for 16 years i can tell you it would be with you for life since no one knows what causes it and there is no cure. But good news is that you can bring yourself to a level of maintaining it at remission without even using any medication what so ever. Emotional/mental stressess and unhappiness are the worst triggers for FD. Diet (avoid foods with high fructose-to-glucose ratio like high fructos corn syrup, coffee, any rotten or expired foods, coffee(not caffeine), highly acidic foods) eat wholesome diverse meals and alternate, dont eat same thing over and over, stay away from high gluten content breads and eat sourdough breads instead. Practice hot Yoga to encourage releasing emotional and mental stress while also sweating does amazing things for skin. Diet and lifestyle can tremendously improve it. I was able to reach to a stage where i didnt need to use anything to maintain it as long as i live healthy and stress free. In emotinally/mentally stressful times it flares up but only produces redness and tenderness with some hairshedding around older scars but I just use the clandymicine+rifampicin combo to calm it down until if I can manage my life stresses. Goodluck ;) !

  19. SAMUEL

    my 13 year old son was just diagnosed with this condition. but im not convinced he has it. he has none of the common symptoms of FD. But was told he has more then one hair is growing together tufting I guess they call it, and his hair is thinning and is very dry and bristly. is this how it starts???

    1. Betty

      Hi, How is your son doing? I also have what I think is this. I have hairs tufting together. I was actually diagnosed w/ scarring alopecia but its “mild” I have a lot of scaling and the tufting. What did they prescribe your son?

  20. Nick

    I have tried several treatments over the years. Clandymicine+rifampicin had too many side effects, but 50mg minocycline and occasional steroid lotion seem to have keep the symptoms under control. I had to stop the minocycline, and have had some success in using a self-made chlorhexidine shampoo (0.5%). Let it work for 30 seconds and rinse thoroughly. Make sure it does not get in your eyes or ears. I use swimming goggles and earplugs.

    1. Edu

      Hello, thanks for your comment. What were those side effects of Clandymicine+rifampicin ? Could you please give some detail?


  21. Debra

    My husband was diagnosed with FD about 10 years ago. He tried antibiotics, used doctors prescribed different creams, nothing helped. I suggested to use Iodine about 4 years ago. I apply Betadine Antiseptic Liquid (Povidone-iodine 10% on all spots on his head that are infected every day in the morning after he washed and dried his hair. It works better that prescribed creams and it’s not that expensive, don’t need to visit doctors. If we miss a day or two the condition start getting worse, so try and do it every day, apply 2 times per day if necessary. You probably will need some one to apply it for you. I just use a cotton bud and put Iodine on it, than carefully apply and remove any build-up with the cotton bud. Iodine helps soften the build-up and makes it easy to remove. It has kept the condition under control for 4 years, he did’nt lost any hair. It is not a cure, but will help to maintain and keep it under control until hopefully we will find the cure. Keep your hair short, clean and dry.

  22. Shanon LaVigne

    I would love to send you pics of mine !!
    I got something going on only in 1 spot of my scalp ! I haven’t went to dr due to my RA it’s always it’s fault , so I would love to chat with you more on this , I’ve been keeping scabs and scabs on hair follicles that have came off my hair is the shortest snd the most unhealthy it’s ever been , not much new hair growth don’t want anymore MEDS I get out on too many now !! Love to hear from you soon please !!! Thanks

  23. Sue

    You tube has a guy getting treatments for what looks to be tufted folliculitis. Look at Josefa M Reina. It looks as if the treatment she is doing seems to help.

  24. Marco from Italy

    I am 41 and I got tufted hair folliculitis when I was 17. I lost almos all my hair on scalp, and around it I feel pain and the skin is always red and itching. I tried many many treatments, almost all medicine I red on this blog. Last cream I used was Nadixa which had good effect for first 4-5 weeks and then stop to give me relief.
    Now are 3 years I dont take anything, I am very pessimistic, I just look forward to loose all hair in order to stop this nightmare.

    1. Paola

      Ciao Marco,
      ho 40 anni e anch’io sono affetta dalla Tufted dall’età di 15-16 anni. Non ho mai conosciuto un’altra persona con la mia stessa malattia, mi sono sempre sentita sola… Abito a Ciampino (RM).
      Mettiamoci in contatto!

  25. Lindsey

    If you haven’t already tried apple cider vinegar, the borax and hydrogenperoxide, sulphur clay, other clays… Or the soft yellow triangular petals from a mesembryanthemum (ice plant).

  26. Vinnie

    i noticed that a majority of you guys or probably every commentator here used the western conventional medicine to try to resolve their issues with their skin. That’s a big no no off the bat. You got to realize that these doctors are only trying to suppress the symptoms or cure the symptoms but not the cause. I have had this issue for 2 years now and I could tell you right now . This has been a great awakening for me. I am a 20 year old kid living in Los Angeles trying to be happy, but with this condition it’s pretty hard on my self esteem and confidence. I’ve had to develop new personalities from this stuff. Social widrawal,anxiety , depression etc . I told myself that I will find the cure to this whether it takes me to traveling the world and I’ve started my journey here in Los Angeles . I’ve also been doing a lot of research on the skin. Any skin issues you have you have to heal it internally. Unless you got some types of bugs biting you at night and infecting you all the time. But let me go back to healing internally. Hippocrates the father of modern medicine said that the root cause of all diseases starts in your gut. So if you got bad gut…you get these types of diseases…you could get a bad gut due to gmo foods,antibiotics which they mean “against life” , vaccines , all of these things are up your gut . Your gut contains 80percent of your immune system so if you got a bad gut your gonna have a bad immune system too !! You gotta realize that the body works harmoniously !! You got to see a natural experienced doctor !! Stop seeking help with this western medicine crap these guys just make you sicker and they’re making more profit off you. Why would they try to cure you when they could keep you sick and make more money off you? As in for me I’m seeing two different accupuncture/herbalist doctors right now and I’m seeing a top notch chiropractor in a few months,I’m sure these guys will find the root cause of my dysfunction on my body ,but as in for now I’m making sure I eat healthy, no sugar or keep it down, no caffeine , no alcohol, no stress keep it down stress flares up your stuff, start taking probiotics since most of you guys have taken antibiotics !! Exercise too !! Do some sort of meditation or pray . Detox your bodies , start juicing everyday . We will get through this ! Or at least I am . I intend to defeat this ,so I can be my normal self again. It’s true . “People don’t start valuing their health until they get sick” . God bless you all . If anyone wants to contact me email me

    1. Ajay Barruth

      Hi dear friend,
      Thanks a lot for your advice, it helped to build my moral.
      Im a 35 years old man.I’m with this disease since 9 years now and has impacted my life a lot.I have taken lots of antibiotics with temporary relief.This nightmare has started again and as if destroying my life little by little.If you don’t have patience you might get kind of fed-up with life.Now,im going to try other means like changing my lifestyle(food, exercise,yoga etc).I would advise all those suffering from this dreadful disease be positive, strong and try to fight until god bless us with a permanent cure.Thanks

  27. Ludo

    Hello all,
    Thanks for sharing your stories which is very similar to my story / struggle with FD.
    I started to have FD in 2007 but it was correctly diagnosed in 2008 and my scalp was completely inflamed with scaly scabs, bleeding… It was painful as it felt like my scalp was constantly on fire for 1 year.
    In 2008, I was prescribed an antibiotic called Tetralysal (Limecycline) and the inlfamation stopped and my scalp became normal again. I’ve been taken this antibiotic on a daily basis for the past 6 years and all symptoms of FD disappeared. However, 3 months ago my pharmacist gave me another brand of Limecycline called Aurobindo, and as per today I have a burning scalp with pimples, scaly scabs…
    The nightmare seems to start again but I ll revert back to taking Tetralysal capsules and hopefully, the FD symptoms will disappear again?

  28. Nick

    Guys I think I have found a cure!!!!! Bleach bath or CLN bleach shampoo I have tried everything antibiotics, accutane topicals etc…..CLN SHAMPOO CLEARED MY SCALP IN3 days. Here’s my story:

    So I’ve suffered with foliculitis decalvans for about 15 years I’m 32 years old. At about 17 years I got a pimple that would itch and bleed if scratched at the crown of my head. I thought nothing of it continued to wash my hair daily and thought it was probably from surfing everyday and possibly the ocean with all its bacteria. It wasn’t until about 2-3 years later when I noticed a small infection on my scalp probably the size of a pea that I went to urgent care to see what it was. They prescribed all types of ointments and it never fully went away so I went to my gp and he prescribed more topical stuff and still never really went away. with no luck I just continued to wash my hair daily in hopes it would go away I tried otc shampoos like selsen blue, head and shoulders etc…finally after about 5 years in I had a scar about the size of a quarter and tufts of hair emerging out. I figured it was time to go back to the dr this time he sent me to a dermatologist. The first dermatologist I saw prescribed more topical creams and ointments and told me it’s probably because my hair is so thick and curly it’s causing this infection. So again no luck with the topical solutions I went back throughout a course of about a year and still no luck with any medications prescribed. I decided to try a new dermatologist as my scar was starting to get bigger. The 2nd derm to look at my head instantly New what this condition was and labeled it tufted foliculitus aka dolls hair. He put me on a course of antibiotics including rifampin and clyndamicin for 6 months. After treatment my scalp had cleared only to return about a year later. I let it slide for about a year and returned back to the derm after scar got bigger. He put me on another round of antibiotics this time around I got c-diff and got extremely sick. After this I pretty much told myself I was done with antibiotics and asked if there was another alternative treatment he told me there was but that this medicine had lots of harsh side effects he called it isotretinoine aka accutane. Before trying it I consulted my neighbor who is a world class eastern medicine practitioner. I asked him if he knew of any herbal remedies that might clear this up. So I tried some herbal medicine he put together and so no results. Long story short ended up going on accutane and saw no results after 6 months. Finally I was ready to give up and asked my derm if there was anything else anything I could do besides taking anymore medications. He recommended a bleach bath and then informed me there was a new shampoo out called CLN. I ordered this stuff about 2 weeks again and well within 3-4 days my scalp was practically cleared up. I see a lot of reviews of people saying it didn’t work for them but I can attest that it worked for me. I will continue to use this shampoo. ThanksCLN

  29. Jon

    I have suffered with this condition for about ten years now and i will tell you, it is very misunderstood by most doctors and derms. My doctor actually told me i was the only person he had seen with it in 20 years of practice. I have taken several different prescribed antibiotics, creams, you name it, ive taken it. Some would work for a little bit but then it would just come right back. The last derm i seen even told me there was no cure and i would just have to live with it. I have done much research on the condition and some experimentation of my own and i have concluded a few things that may help others on here. There is no fast way to get rid of this issue it takes much dedication and lifestyle change. 1. My diet plays a huge role in how bad my flare ups are. I cut out dairy, glutenous foods, foods high in sugar, super spicy foods, alcohol and any type of fast food whatsoever. When i do this, my condition is manageable and after ten years, i can live with manageable. 2. Stress is also a huge factor! During times im stressed, i am also flared up. I found exercise helps me alot. Not only am i reducing stress by exercising im also building my immunity and physical health. 3. Keep clean and invest in good shampoos. I find that the medicated selsun blue and head and shoulders works best. 4. Stop spending countless dollars to try and get a cure from the doctors because its not going to happen.

    To be clear, i still live with this disease, it has never fully gone away but my hair grows back, i get very few flare ups anymore and when i do the heal much faster. I refused to live my life in depression anymore because of it. I just hope my story will help others too.

  30. Mihai D

    I currently control my scalp folliculitis rubbing Isopropyl alcohol on the entire scalp area and direct apply A-Derma Exomega Defi cream afterwards.
    But before you can apply this treatment make sure that you cure it with antibiotics like Sinerdol + MASKrym 0.8% clyndamicin (Also i drink half a lemon juice mixed with half of tea spoon Sodium bicarbonate in the morning and I shower my scalp 1 in 2 days

  31. Martin

    I feel a lot of empathy and compassion for all of you here.

    I started to read this thread a while ago, but at the beginning there wasn’t lots of comments. I’m glad to see that the power of the internet brings all of us together as it is a very rare disease and its really hard to find support in the real life.

    Actually I’ve never met anyone with my condition in the real life.

    I’ve battled with Folliculitis since 2005 in my late teens. At first it looked as if I had acne on my scalp. Then it had spread in every corner of my head leaving my pillow full of bloody spot at night. Many many years, many many doctors and dermatologists.. lots of pain and lots of shame. hard on the self-esteem right? I’ve taken all kinds of antibiotics (Minocyclin,tetracycline..etc) fr years. Worked while on it but developed resistance and it would come back even more intense. Many creams, lotions and shampoos of all kind, those never really worked. Oral antibiotics gave me unpleasant digestive side effects. I always been against the big pharma business, and I felt like a lab rat. No doctor knows how to deal with this condition, they act like they know but its trial and error. I started having distrust towards doctors. I was wondering what could be the effect of long term antibiotic therapy on health? Would it give me cancer in 20 years from now? And what about accutane? Will I start having depression as a side effect of it? All those questions not answered by the physicians. So I went off meds around 2010, I tried to have an healthy lifestyle with organic food and sports and all kind of hippie herbal remedies to put on my scalp. My folliculitis started to fade away, I was so full of hope in life. Back then my folliculitis was only many separate infected follicules leaving no visible scar after healing. So my scalp had turned back to normal. That was just a small relief before the real nightmare starts.

    Spring 2012

    I remember that day I scratched my head and found a small scab on top (where mens usually bald). Took it off and it kept coming back weeks after weeks. Went like: noooooo not again. It kept growing bigger and bigger. Many months later another small scab grew symmetrically beside the big patch, which lead me to think that its linked maybe with the nervous system or stress. Same thing, kept spreading so big that it merged with the initial right scab. The scab would cover the whole parietal region of my head. At least the spreading had stopped but the condition changed to a different form of folliculitus, that’s when I’ve been diagnosed with chronic severe tufted folliculitis. Most of my hairs in the scab area started to merge together in bunch and come out from one single follicule. After years of trying to manage the condition myself with curcumin or coconut oil or any other natural remedies, you name it, it just doesnt work/last. The region is always really inflamed and full of pus and thick crusts, now my hairs in that area is unfortunately thinning. The only thing I use since 2 years is a 5% Salicylic Acid in a mineral oil lotion. I apply it once a week during few hours in order to detach the thick crust/scab forming over the days. After I rince and shampoo and Salicylic acid is also a naturally mild antibiotic. I have grown my hair very long so that I can hide the permanent scars and bald spot with a pony tail (hopefully I have thick hair to hide it). It really difficult to live with this and I feel like I don’t really get used to it over time. I’m anxious about having a huge wound on the head all the time, fearing the flesh-eating disease would end up in this open door and have my head amputated. Sorry for the scenarios folks. I’m hopeless, don’t know what to do it this.. thinking about going back on oral antibiotics again? Its an infinite loop.

    But hey, thanks for existing, know that you are not alone. Thank you for sharing experiences as it helps to feel understood and to share our own experiences. I’m sure positive thinking helps us, like saying to ourselves that somehow it makes us special.

    With love from Montréal, Québec

  32. Long journey

    You possibly have candida folliculitis. Lamisil will not control candida. Try a cream with nystatin. There are other options also, which I am happy to explain. Most treatments for candida folliculitis are off-label. Sadly, most, if not virtually all doctors, misdiagnose candida folliculitis. Otherwise healthy people get candida folliculitis, especially if they have taken antibiotics.

  33. peter

    Thank you for sharing!
    Did you find anything that helped you?
    I would like to know if the story is behind you now…

  34. Joe

    I don’t know why doctors won’t admit they don’t know how to stop this. Black men get this all the time. It may come from wearing tight head gear that isn’t hygienic. Coupled with an inflammatory response from new growth causes inflammation. It then spreads.

    MY theory which showed immediate relief is to sacrifice your looks for a few months. Keep your hair cut low extemely low. Don’t let it grow out. Don’t use a razor either. Find some good clippers.

    Then handle the fungus with antibiotics. Those shampoos are expensive and worthless. Use doctor bronnors soap tea tree or eucalyptus until you feel your skin return to normal. Then allow your hair to grow back. See if there are any symptoms. If you have symptoms cut your hair off. Do not let your hair growth spread the symptoms. Its not worth it. Your hair growing is the main cause. Trust me.

    Then find a plan to see if the fungus is gone. Trial and error with low to no risk is better than permanent baldness

  35. Beckie Braccidiferro

    This article is so crazy it sounds just like me ! I have been to my primary care, couple dermatologists now i see an infectious disease dr. While ahe still says she has no clue what it could be she also prescribes me refampin and 3 months of bactrim. Works for a little bit and comes back. My swabs came back as staph a couple times and also group b strep. I am going to read up on alopeca now! Wow !


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