Dissecting Cellulitis – Hair & Scalp Expert

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Dissecting Cellulitis – Hair & Scalp Expert

What is dissecting cellulitis of the scalp?

Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp is a condition where pus-filled lumps develop on the scalp. It results in scarring and permanent hair loss. This condition most often occurs seen in people of African descent. It can be emotionally disturbing because of the striking appearance.

What causes dissecting cellulitis?

The exact cause is unknown, but it may occur because of the curved shape of hair follicles. It may also be due to blocked and ruptured follicles, with resulting inflammation and bacterial infection.

What other problems can occur with the condition?

People with dissecting cellulitis of the scalp may suffer from other diseases related to the rupture of hair follicles. These include severe acne, boils and cysts in the groin or armpits and cyst at the base of the back.

How is dissecting cellulitis diagnosed?

This condition can usually be diagnosed by careful examination of the scalp. Other disease can resemble dissecting cellulitis. Because of this, you should have your scalp examined by an expert hair and scalp dermatologist.

How is it treated?

The treatment plan includes:

Preventative Measures:

  • Avoid picking and squeezing the bumps
  • See a board-certified dermatologist as soon as the condition appears, to prevent permanent hair loss


  • Shampoos
  • Antibiotic solutions
  • Steroid ointments
  • Antibiotic pills
  • Steroid pills


  • Injecting steroids into the lumps decreases pain and swelling. As a result, this can halt the condition.

Combination Therapy:

More than one of the above treatments may be needed to halt the disorder and to prevent permanent hair loss.

Is there a cure?

Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp is a chronic condition, which can flare up frequently, especially if you are not on correct treatments. While there is no cure, early treatment can help to reduce scarring of the scalp and prevent permanent hair loss.


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