Tufted Hair Folliculitis Treatment & Management

Updated: Aug 07, 2019
  • Author: Elizabeth CW Hughes, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Medical Care

No uniformly successful treatment for tufted hair folliculitis exists. Overall, direct therapy toward decreasing patient discomfort and improving appearance. Institute topical treatment directed at decreasing scaling. Shampoos containing tar derivatives often are used. Oral antistaphylococcal antibiotics may be helpful, particularly if a large amount of purulent exudate is present.


Surgical Care

Treatment of tufted hair folliculitis by excision of the areas of scarring has been described.


Long-Term Monitoring

Because tufted hair folliculitis is a chronic condition that lacks a universally successful treatment, patients generally require periodic long-term follow-up. The intensity of treatment and use of oral antibiotics depend on the patient's symptoms.