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A 31-year-old member asked:

What can i take or use for folliculitis over the counter? dont have insurance and can't afford to see a specialist.

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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 25 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the cause of the folliculitis as there are many causes, both infectious and non-infectious (ie irritation from friction, shaving, etc). Or it may not be folliculitis which is why you may need to see a derm. But, it might be worth a try to get some otc benzoyl peroxide wash, which you can find in the acne section and try to wash the areas x 2-3 min daily. May dry out skin.
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 16 years experience
If mild...: Usually good hygiene and any over the counter antibacterial soap that's used for a few days to a week can take care of a very mild folliculitis. Absolutely no shaving or waxing the area. And don't try popping the lesions - this can cause them to spread. If getting really bad, you need to see a doctor - look for a federally qualified health center or county clinic. No specialist is needed.
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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 20 years experience
Several steps....: First, if possible, find out the offending agent that is causing the folliculitis- the inflammation you see may be an allergic response. Second, try soaking for 10min daily, in a 1:10 bleach/water dilution, or else, wash the area once daily with Chlorhexidine 4% (at your drug store, otc) then pat dry for a total of 7 days. Otherwise, find out where your free clinic is in your town and get care.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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