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Will Home Remedies Ease the Discomfort of Folliculitis of the Scalp?

Q. My 25-year-old grandson has been diagnosed with scalp folliculitis. The doctor gave him a prescription for an expensive cream, but it did not get rid of the problem. Is there anything else that might help?

A. Folliculitis is inflammation of the hair follicles, which can be caused by bacterial or fungal infection. A warm compress moistened with vinegar might help.

One reader reported that amber Listerine helped her son’s folliculitis:

“You should see his skin since using Listerine faithfully. It is completely clear! We’ll see the dermatologist later this year and I can’t wait to show him the results.”

Other readers have also reported benefit with Listerine.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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