BACTERIAL FOLLICULITIS OF THE SCALP
By Gary M. White, MD
It is not uncommon to get a bacterial infection of the scalp, especially the vertex. Staphylococcus is the usual offender. Young men are most commonly affected. Common in the differential is dissecting cellulitis of the scalp. Tufted folliculitis may result.
Inflammation, crusting, edema and pus occurs in the scalp. The vertex is the most common site.
Bacterial culture sensitivities should be done and then a course of oral antibiotics until the lesion is completely cleared is in order. This may take several weeks. Topical oils and pomades should be avoided. Frequent shampooing is recommended.
Bacterial folliculitis of the crown in a young male is not uncommon.
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