Hibiclens is an over the counter antiseptic.....active ingredient is called Chlorhexidine Gluconate. If the folliculitis is NOT called by a fungus (as in staphylococcus aureus bacteria), for me, this is by far the most effective treatment.
Yes, I've had scalp folliculitis for 15 years, and nothing has completely gotten rid of it; however, Hibiclens makes it extremely manageable. The bottle says not to use it on the head, but these directions came to me from a dermatologist (in fact, two different dermatologists). I guess, mention it to your doctor before using it, but I'm just telling you what has been helpful.
As for a regimen, Hibiclens, Amoxicillin 250mg 3 times a day, Evoclin and Luxiq foams once a night.
Also, another effective antibiotic that I've used is called Omnicef. I've also had help with Cipro. The itching can be helped with a 3% Salicyclic Acid shampoo (which by the way, it the active ingredient in different acne medicines.
I've also used a shampoo called Capitrol with some benefit. I've also ordered a botle of Betadine Shampoo.....which I ordered from England. It had some benefits.
I've also used with some benefit Metrogel and Clindamycin.
Other medicines I've used with almost no benefit have been Doxycycline, Sumyacin, Minocycline, Keflex, Nizoral, Carmol Shampoo, and probably a few others.
Another thing you may want to attempt is to order Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Tea Tree Oil Soap. It's antibacterial and antifungal and it's research can be looked at on pubmed dot com.
Thank you Whattotype. I can definitely tell you are ligit because all the remedies you are suggesting. Only an experienced sufferer could come up with so many. I'll give Hibiclens a try. I have to many problems taking endless doses of anti-biotics, so I'm always trying to find something that will possibly work that isn't an anti-biotic.
Thanks for the help.
We have been getting all kinds of information from people who are suffering from this stuborn disease and merchants who are trying to sell their products to us. We have seen time and time again individuals telling us to try the most rediclous remedies that make you sound stupid even if you think of trying it let alone follow their advice and try it. Human urine, fungus powder and I can go on and on.
What we are trying to say here is please share a product that you used and worked for you and be honest about it. If you could also share poeple with the side effects of the product that you are recomending is also appreciated.
I mentioned shampooing your scalp with Hibiclens for at least 5 minutes every day for a month to treat scalp folliculitis. This has been an extremely effective treatment for bacterial folliculitis. It's over the counter and inexpensive. If you want to try it out, then do. If you're suffering from this skin condition, then give it a try....it may be helpful.
Other medicines I forgot to mention in a previous e-mail were Nicotinamine (not helpful), Bactroban ointment (helpful), and Cetaphil antibacterial soap with Triclosan (somewhat helpful), Lidex gel (helpful for itching).
Regimen # 1 - Amoxicillin 3 x a day 250mg, Hibiclens shampoo of scalp, Luxiq and Evoclin foams applies to wet hair very liberally at night one time a day.
Regimen # 2 - Omnicef 300mg 1 time a day, Capitrol shampoo of scalp immediately followed by shampooing of scalp with 3% salicyclic acid shampoo 4 or 5 minutes each, then apply Metrogel cream directly to obvious breakout areas.
Alternating these two regimens for several months may be helpful.
Other possible treatments......Oregano oil, Dial Antibacterial with Triclocarbon, various anti fungal powders (over the counter), Lava soap.
think I will try the hibiclens. I have been suffering from this aweful condition for 3-4 years now . My solution so far has been using 10% panoxyl wash . It kills the bacteria and keeps it under control somewhat . If I go without washing my hair with the panoxyl I will get bad bumps that come up .One of the downfalls of this is my lazy boy chair is turning green . My sheets on my bed are turning colors but the panoxyl is the only thing that keeps it under control so far . I keep reading multiple stories about people getting bumps that bust open onto their pillow .The panoxyl would kill them before they got that bad . I'm hoping I can use the hibiclens and it work the same way without me bleaching everything I touch .
They now sell Hibiclens in a foamy wash that comes in a big bottle. Walgreens carries it. For years it only came in the low foam liquid that wouldn't spread well. It definitely works. Doesn't bleach fabrics or hair. Also check out the newer product called "CLN" wash. It is a product with just the right amount of non-irritating bleach, specifically made for folliculitis and eczema. They took the idea of the widely used bleach baths, and put it into a soap It also will not bleach your hair, bed sheets, clothes. It is National Eczema foundation approved, but is costly. A little goes a long way though.