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A 26-year-old female asked:

Folliculitis where i shave my vagina doc told me soak n epsom salt i never use 2 have this problem could it b my diet?stopped b4 when i went basic tra

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Dr. Thomas Josa
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
No: Be sure the area around your vulva and the razor are clean before you shave. I don't see your diet as being a factor unless out of the ordinary.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Shaving is the issue: This has nothing to do with diet. Pubic area folliculitis was rare before people started shaving the area. You may carry staph or strep on your skin, but many people do that; the problem arises mostly when you add the minor trauma that comes with shaving. Consider using a hair removal cream. Or not shaving (is it really that important?). Or see a dermatologist for professional advice about it.
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Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Laser therapy and intense pulsed light may also remove hair, but do not always result in complete permanent removal. Some patients may require periodic maintenance treatments. Laser/light hair removal is highly effective for small areas (eg, face, bikini area) or large areas such as the arms, legs, chest, and back. Pigmentary changes are uncommon side effects and scarring is rare.
Nov 15, 2015

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