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Does Scalp ringworm look the same as Folliculitis decalvan

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Does Scalp ringworm look the same as Folliculitis decalvan
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

Yes and no, but this is partly semantics. While folliculitis is more often a bacterial infection, it can be caused by a fungal infection. If there is a folliculitis that is caused by a fungus, it would not be called a ringworm that looks like a folliculitis; it would be called a fungal folliculitis. If the cause of a folliculitis is uncertain, then a culture may need to be done.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
fungal Folliculitis can look like Folliculitis decalvan when looking at it? it did not respond to antibiotics or a course of fluconzale. The sent a culture out for a test.
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

Yes, they can look similar. Initial empiric treatment with an antibiotic is often sufficient, but in stubborn cases, a culture would be appropriate, as your doctor has done.