• Folliculitis

    Asked by Vjp2012 on Monday, April 15, 2013


    Ugh! I had really bad folliculitis during my last chemo round and now it is starting up again! Anyone know why?

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    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I've never heard of this... so of course I looked it up.... It must be a side effect of chemo. Have you asked your Oncologist? Does not look like something you want to deal with again. Sorry... I'm not much help here. But I can say a prayer for you that something can be done fast!!!!

      over 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn (Best Answer!)

      Yup - I had that, and it's nasty....

      Check this out - I have a recipe for getting and handle on nasty pizza head... Mine was sooooo bad - it was ugly and embarrassing and it HURT!


      GOOD LUCK! I feel your pain!

      Here's the scalp portion of that post, in case you just want the protein!

      Alopecia scalp care – OK – an ugly side of chemo hair loss is horrible horrible ugly pizza head. And by ugly, I mean ginormous ugly looking white heads on your scalp! The things look painful and are painful. Not everyone gets them, but I sure as heck did! And there’s no way a person could tell me – oh – they aren’t really all that noticeable! The docs all told me to just leave my head open to the air. I just couldn’t do that because I found the acne to be so … well… embarrassing! They also said no hot showers! I love hot showers! They also said don’t rub your head when you dry it – just pat it dry!!!! NONE of these things helped even one tiny bit. So, I did some research… and combined things I found in order to come up with my own recipe for success.

      Lee Penn’s two-step recipe for a smooth and acne-free chemo scalp.

      ONE: When you shower, use hibiclens on your head. Do not let hibiclens get into your eyes or ears. Use a dime amount in the palm of your wet hand… Before your head gets wet, rub that all over your head for around 15-30 seconds…. RINSE SUPER WELL! Your shower can be as hot or not hot as you prefer.

      Lee Penn's totally acne-free and smooth bald head.

      TWO: After you shower and your scalp is dry, use a salicylic acid solution on your head. About a dime to nickel size amount in your palm – rub over your whole head… I believe that you are free to rub or pat your head dry. I like to rub because it just feels good. Then, Once totally try, wear whatever you like on your head.

      Viola! Within about one week, my horrid scalp acne had completely resolved, and I was once again willing to let the world see my bald head.

      over 5 years ago
    • marie60's Avatar

      Leepenn, that's an awesome recipe! I had folliculitis also on my scalp. It's mostly gone away now, but was so painful. I had a bottle of hibiclens from my surgery, and used it on my head, and it helped. I remember putting something else on my head, but can't remember it. Darn chemo brain.

      over 5 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Thank you leepenn! I am going to try it. I did talk to my oncologist and he prescribed an antibiotic. Thank you Carol-Charlie for the prayers.

      over 5 years ago

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