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Q. How to get rid of folliculitis?

Answered by
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
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This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 16, 2015 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I am suffering from folliculitis that is pimple on scalp filled with pus. I would be grateful if you could advice me the treatment for the same.

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


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You need to take oral as well as topical antibiotics. Start with tablet Augmentin (combination of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate) 625 mg twice daily for a week and apply Mupirocin ointment on the pimples twice daily till they resolve. This normally takes 7-10 days.

If they are recurrent, then go for blood sugar fasting to rule out diabetes and pus culture to find the exact bacteria responsible for your folliculitis.

The Probable causes:

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

Investigations to be done:

Blood sugar fasting and pus culture.

Probable diagnosis:


Preventive measures:

Frequent hand washing prevents spread of infection.

Regarding follow up:

Revert back after a week to a dermatologist online.--->

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Hi doctor,

I cannot apply the ointment, as I have lesions on my whole scalp and in between hairs it is not possible to apply ointment. Please check the photo which I have attached.

Kindly tell me the best solution to avoid recurrence of the condition. I am having pain and itch in my scalp and I am getting bald due to that. Please get me some solution.

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


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  • If it is not possible to apply the ointment take the oral antibiotics.
  • Wash your hair daily with Cetrilak (Cetrimide) solution. Dilute the solution in water and keep it on your scalp for 5-10 minutes and then wash it.
  • Along with this take tablet Lyser-D (Diclofenac) twice daily for five days.
  • Tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg twice daily till itching subsides.

This will help you. You can continue this for 1 week.

For further information consult a dermatologist online -->

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