Folliculitis (Inflammation of Hair Follicles)
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: February 1, 2000

My husband has folliculitis of the scalp and he has lumpy lesions that bleed on his scalp. The dermatologist can’t seem to get rid of it. Can you tell me what herb I can use?

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles usually caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria.

Internally, herbs are used to support the immune system to counter the bacteria, and to support the lymph system in clearing the bacteria through the lymph glands. A combination of Echinacea, Burdock root and Yellow Dock root can be taken as a tincture, and Red Clover blossoms taken as a tea, three times a day.

The diet should be low in fat and high in fibre. Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fish should make up most of the diet. Dairy products should be avoided. Soy or rice products can be used as an alternative to dairy. Fried foods, foods containing sugar, sweeteners, artificial flavourings or colouring, white flour products, coffee and alcohol should be eliminated from the diet. Following this diet while cleansing is taking place ensures that most of the food ingested is helpful to the skin and to the immune system, while foods that cause stress to the immune system and foods that slow down clearing of the bacteria are avoided.

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