Ayurvedic treatment for Hair follicle infection

Hair follicle infection

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Hair follicle infection Ayurvedic treatment


Folliculitis or hair follicle infection is a condition wherein hair follicles become inflamed. It's usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Initially it may appear as small red bumps or white-headed pimples around hair follicles which may spread and turn into non-healing, crusty sores. Permanent hair loss and scarring may result due to severe infection.1

According to Ayurveda, skin gets its nutrition from rasa dhatu (blood plasma) and good skin is a reflection of good health of a person. When all the doshas are balanced in a person, it reflects in good shining hair and skin of that person. Imbalances of dosha causes various diseases. Poor nutrition, hot and humid climate, poor hygiene and chronic disease may increase the risk of infection like hair follicle infection.2


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Folliculitis may be caused by either bacteria or fungus. Follicles that are damaged are at an increased risk of infection.

The most common causes of follicle damage are:

  • Friction due to wearing tight clothing or shaving
  • Injuries to skin
  • Heat and sweat
  • Plastic dressings or adhesive tape
  • Skin conditions, such as acne and dermatitis

Anyone can develop folliculitis. But certain factors make increases the risk of the condition:

  • Medical condition such as diabetes, chronic leukemia and HIV/AIDS that reduces resistance to infection, such as
  • Past damage to skin
  • Medications
  • Overweight
  • Wearing clothes that traps heat and sweat regularly
  • Soaking in a hot tub which is not maintained well
  • Shaving


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Folliculitis symptoms include:

  • White-headed pimples or small red bumps developing around hair follicles
  • Blisters that are pus-filled which break open and crust over
  • A large swollen bump or mass
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Itchy or burning skin


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The doctor diagnoses folliculitis by looking at the skin and reviewing the clinical history


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The ayurvedic management of the disease is balancing the vitiated dosha and giving diet and lifestyle recommendations along with herbs to strengthen the hair health.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water, it helps maintain hydration in the body and keeps you healthy.
  • A proper balanced diet should be taken like fruits, vegetables and curd.
  • Encourage intake of other fluids including soups and juices. Soups like tomato soup, spinach soup or mixed vegetable soup contain several essential nutrients which strengthens the hair follicles.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Aloe vera gel is packed with certain essential enzymes promote hair growth as well as treats the itchiness, swelling and redness that are caused by folliculitis.
  • Apply neem paste or boil the neem leaves and apply to the affected parts.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar when applied on the infected area, kills the bacteria and helps in improving the skin condition. Vinegar helps in soothing hair follicles.
  • Blending coconut oil with water in equal proportion and applying on the affected hair follicles reduces skin damages caused by folliculitis and fends off skin rashes and swollenness.


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  1. My daughter is 8 months old. There are white patches on her scalp which are also flaky. Can you suggest any ayurvedic remedy for the same?

Your child may be at risk of cradle cap. Cradle cap are the oily or crusty scaly patches on a baby's scalp. It isn't itchy or painful; but leads to formation of thick white or yellow scales that difficult to remove. Cradle cap is a self-limiting disease and usually goes on its own. Ayurvedic management of the disease recommends balanced diet and lifestyle for mother and child along with use of herbs to strengthen the hair health. 

Aahar recommendations:

  • Breastfeeding mother should avoid consuming foods prepared out of maida, curds, and oily foods.
  • Eating healthy food during pregnancy helps prevent cradle cap. Include fennel seeds, cumins, garlic, turmeric, ginger and pepper in the diet.

Vihar recommendations:

  • To loosen the scales formed on the scalp, massage with baby oil, olive oil or petroleum jelly
  • Gently massage the affected area and brush off the loosened scales, later washing them away with a shampoo.
  • A paste of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) on the scalp for ten minutes helps in removing the scales.
  1. How do I know if my hair is damaged?

You may be at risk of damaged hair if your hair appears Brittle, Dry, Lifeless or Shineless.

  1. What are the ayurvedic remedies for dandruff?

Aahar recommendations:

  • Eat fruits such as mango, pomegranate, lemon, coconut
  • Include vegetables such as drumstick
  • Use ghee in moderate amount
  • Have food rich in vitamin E (almond, pine nuts, peanuts, spinach, flaxseed oil, soyabean) and omega 3 fatty acids (flax seed, walnut, sardines, salmon, soyabean, tofu, shrimp) for good scalp health
  • Avoid wrong food combinations (for e.g. fish with milk)
  • Avoid drinking cold water

Vihar recommendations:

  • Massage scalp with sesame oil
  • Applying paste of neem leaves
  • Apply green gram powder
  • Massage aloe vera on your scalp may be beneficial.
  • Practice asanas like Shirshasana and suryanamaskara. It enhances blood circulation to head and brain nourishing the scalp with necessary nutrients
  • Practice meditation, as it helps in controlling stress and anxiety
  • Mix of lemon juice + coconut oil may be beneficial to control dandruff
  • Mixture of coconut oil + camphor may be beneficial to control dandruff
  • Fine paste of methi seeds can be applied on scalp for controlling dandruff
  1. Does oil massage really benefit dry hair?

Warm oil massage to scalp and hair is an effective way to nourish the scalp and hair.

  1. My hair is often frizzy and unmanageable, what could be the possible reason for it?

Frizzy hair may be due to:

  • Not eating a balanced diet and drinking enough water.
  • Not enough oil production on scalp.
  • Not choosing right type of hair product.
  • Certain medications.
  • Chemical hair treatments.
  1. I am suffering from hair thinning leading to low hair density. What are the foods that I should be consuming?
  • Increase intake of healthy nutritious balance diet
  • Protein rich foods will help prevent hair fall and baldness. Include foods such as eggs, beans fish, low fat cheese, yeast, soybean, and yoghurt which will help in proper hair growth.
  • Increased intake of iron as it is essential for hemoglobin and blood formation. Increase the quantity of raisins, dates, green vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid foods which may lead to thinning of hair like spicy, sugary foods, fried foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc.
  • A lettuce and spinach juice helps in encouraging hair growth.
  1. What are the ayurcedic remedies to treat head lice?
  • Lemon juice and almonds are effective home remedies for killing head lice.
  • Massaging hair with olive oil helps in head lice treatment.
  • Applying alcohol over the hair helps in eliminating lice.
  • Neem paste and tulsi leaves application on hair gets rid of head lice
  • Avoid using personal items of the person suffering from head lice.
  • Prevent the scalp from drying, it may lead to head lice and dandruff.
  • Always keep scalp clean and apply coconut hair oil.
  1. I have oily scalp and hair. Is it advisable to use conditioner after hair wash?

Leave shampoo on hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. Use conditioner only on the ends of the hair. Avoid putting it directly on the scalp.

  1. What are the causes for premature greying of hair?

The causes of premature greying of hair are:

  • Heredity
  • Medical Conditions like vitiligo, pernicious anemia and thyroid disorders
  • Medications like methotrexate, lithium
  • Smoking
  1. What practices for hair care are to be followed to prevent split ends?
  • Avoid brushing hair frequently
  • Use less heat on hair
  • Use conditioner regularly
  • Protect the hair from extreme hot or cold weather
  • Regularly get haircuts and trims.







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