I have been really stressed lately because I am so buried with paper work at school, while I also have to make a new curriculum for my class. To de-stress, I try to swim every weekend, as I also needed to exercise. I do not know if they are related, but I seem to develop scalp folliculitis, aka acne necrotica miliaris, at the same time that I was having problems dealing with my work. I told Stacey about my scalp problem. She looked at it and told me that they looked dry and scaly. She mentioned a number of dry scalp remedies that I could try which includes olive oil, tea tree oil, lemon juice, apple cider, or honey. She told me that I have just to apply it on my scalp and let it stay for fifteen minutes or so and then I just rinse it off with water.
I tried it for a couple of days and it worked, but it was still itchy. It was really bothering me so I finally, I decided to go to a dermatologist for a proper treatment. I asked Stacey if she can accompany me because I am a bit uncomfortable going to the dermatologist alone. I told my wife that I am uncomfortable because it was my first time to go to a dermatologist. Stacey told me that it was okay because men also go to dermatologists all the time.
It is the weekend and it is time to go to the clinic. We went to the clinic early because as much as possible; we do not want to wait for longer lines. When I booked for the appointment, the receptionist told me that, even though we are scheduled for 9am, we should be there an hour earlier because sometimes, there were people who come late and the doctor prefers to treat people who were already in the area rather than waiting for late patients.
After five minutes, I was called and let into the office. I asked my smiled to Stacey to come inside with me and she giggled. The doctor introduced herself as Dr. Reeves. I told her about my problem and the things that I have done to try to treat it myself, but I was unsuccessful. I also asked her if it was because of my stress that caused to develop my scalp problem. She looked at it with a big magnifying glass with a very bright light. After a few minutes of examining my scalp, she told me that it was indeed folliculitis. She asked me if I always swim in the pool lately and I said yes. She mentioned that I should be wary of swimming pools that are not carefully treated with chlorine.
She prescribed me with Mupirocin, an antibacterial topical ointment that will help heal my scalp problems. I should use it twice daily after taking a bath. She also told me that prevention is always better than cure. She reminded me to rinse my body after swimming in public pools and spas to prevent contamination. She added that I should continue putting oil on my scalp until dryness is gone.