NB: In this summer weather many people are complaining of itchy backs – this article might be worth reading
Malassezia folliculitis (previously called ‘pityrosporum folliculitis’) is due to proliferation of a yeast, called malassezia, within the hair follicles. It presents as an itchy, acne-like eruption and most often affects the trunk.
The common mistake is made confusing this condition with acne, as it can present in the same areas, rarely the face, and look very similar. However most patients experience extreme itchiness and want to scratch, which is not advised at it can make the condition worse. N.B these lesions are usually present on the back and chest and, occasionally, on the neck, shoulders, upper arms, and face.
Malassezia is as mentioned a yeast that we all have on our skin,but it can get out of control. It is also responsible for the conditions such as pityriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Natural Medicine Approach using plant based medicines
- Application of topical anti-fungal creams and lotions
- Taking herbal medicine – prescribed by a medical herbalist – to support the immune system and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial herbs
- Adjust diet to remove foods that support fungal proliferation
- Look at stress factors
- Wear clothing a natural as possible i.e cotton
- Do not scratch
Do not embark on taking herbal medicines unless under supervision by a qualified health practitioner
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