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How to Treat a Bad Case of Folliculitis After Hair Transplant Surgery

5/4/2009 4:06:57 PM

Question:

I recently had a hair transplant and after two weeks, pimples appeared in the transplanted area. I later discovered this to be called folliculitis. My doctor prescribed a culture sensitivity test and after seeing the results, he prescribed Sporidex 500mg capsules. After 2 weeks of taking these pills twice daily, the folliculitis seemed somewhat controlled but there are at least 2 to 4 pimples on my scalp regularly. After a week of ceasing treatment, 10 to 15 additional bumps would appear with signs of puss indicating infection. This followed by some pain and swelling. After reaching a large enough size, it would open and start to bleed. I may have lost 20% to 30% of the hair growth in the transplanted area due to folliculitis due to bacterial infection according to my doctor. Is there a permanent solution for this disease? Is this common in hair transplant patients?

Answer:

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles typically caused by bacteria or fungus.

Though folliculitis is a possible risk in hair transplant patients, instances are usually rare and heal on their own after a couple weeks. Those cases that don't go away on their own can be treated with antibiotics or an antifungal cream.

Sporidex is typically prescribed for bacterial infections. You may want to speak to your doctor about trying an antifungal cream or pills as an additional treatment to see if you have any better luck.

Those with an impaired immune system are typically at greater risk of developing folliculitis. Thus, you may want to check with your doctor and discuss the possibility of any autoimmune deficiencies.

Bill
Associate Publisher/Editor


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