What is alopecia folliculitis?

There are a number of annoying hair diseasesbut this one probably takes the prize. It can affect all areas of the body where hair grows and often goes down the chest, legs and arms.

Folliculitis decalvans, sometimes referred to as capilliti, or alopecia follicularis, is a rare and chronic disease that develops at a slow pace and can take many years to develop and there’s never any telling when it will stop.

Folliculitis means inflammation of the hair follicle and it usually appears as small pustules with a strand of hair in the middle.

The hair falls off in patches but often in round formations and because the hair follicles are destroyed, the hair cannot grow back.

Alopeciameans hair loss. Capilliti means scalp and this is where the disease is most common, but it can occur on other hairy skin areas.

Often it’s not quite as unpleasant on the arms and legs as it is on the scalp where it can look really nasty but luckily it’s not contagious.

Often you can see tufts of hair where several hairs come out of the same hair follicle. In addition to the hot blisters, crusty and reddened skin can also be seen and can appear as dandruff many times when the skin rejection is severe.

Alopecia folliculitis is a scarring form of hair loss and although it is relatively rare, there are quite a few sufferers, most of whom are men.

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