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Doctor insights on: Infected Hair Follicle (Folliculitis)

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If I have an infected hair follicle (folliculitis) on my leg, can I spread it to someone else merely by shared bedding that the follicle touched?

If I have an infected hair follicle (folliculitis) on my leg, can I spread it to someone else merely by shared bedding that the follicle touched?

Not likely: Folliculits would not be contagious in the way you described. I trust that you are keeping the area clean and using a topic antibiotic ointment, like neosporin. If it spreads to other hair follicles, it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

Follicle (Definition)

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I have an infected hair follicle on my leg which I've read is folliculitis and is contagious. If my 6 month old gets it, can it be dangerous to him?

I have an infected hair follicle on my leg which I've read is folliculitis and is contagious. If my 6 month old gets it, can it be dangerous to him?

Soap and water: Even if your son is in direct contact, it is unlikely he will develop a skin infection. A layer of clothing should be fine. Keep the area washed clean daily and if not getting better, see your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Infected hair follicle (folliculitis) (Tip)

Do exfoliate, wash with aha such as glycolic acid cleanser. Do have laser hair removal if recurring. ...See more

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Treating Folliculitis (Checklist)

Make sure your skin can air out and is not covered up or sweaty
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Take a shower or bath daily and make sure to change your towels and clothes
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Use antibiotics one to three times a day, as prescribed by doctor
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It looks like folliculitis there's only a couple bumps and its by hair follicles and appeared after shaving? What can i do to heal it fast?

It looks like folliculitis there's only a couple bumps and its by hair follicles and appeared after shaving? What can i do to heal it fast?

Clean and dry: Keep the area clean and dry. You may use an antibiotic cream like Neosporin, available over the counter. If the lesion is in your genital area, quit shaving. Contrary to your view, shaving genitals is unhygienic.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Hair follicle infection: I have this bump in my underarms, i think it's follicitis?

Hair follicle infection: I have this bump in my underarms, i think it's follicitis?

Could be: The underarm (axilla) is a spot in which hair follicle inflammation (folliculitis) is commonly diagnosed, so your impression could be correct. You would need to visit a clinic or see a doc to know for sure. ...Read more

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How does an infected hair follicle look?

"pimple" at hair: It looks like a pimple develop around or at the site of hair. ...Read more

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An infected hair follicle in armput. Does the pain go when its getting better?

An infected hair follicle in armput. Does the pain go when its getting better?

Warm compress : If no signs of infection, fever, puss drainage or band of redness that is getting bigger around it, apply a warm compress to the area a few times a day and this will help well and quickly. If signs of infection are present or develop, contact your physician or healthcare professional right away. As for the pain, it definitely goes away right after this opens. ...Read more

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Aside from lipoma, what can be caused by an infected hair follicle?

Not: folliculitis, granuloma, chronic cyst, sebaceous cyst, abscess may form after infection follicle There are Other causes for Lipoma is fatty. Fibroma fibrous Neuroma nerve cells ...Read more

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How can I treat a painful infected hair follicle in the entrance of my nose?

How can I treat a painful infected hair follicle in the entrance of my nose?

See your MD: Until you see your md, apply Bacitracin topically, if you are not allergic. Do not squeeze the area. Use warm compresses and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Infected hair follicle above lip that tingles, what should I do?

Infected hair follicle above lip that tingles, what should I do?

Depends: Mild folliculitis usually heals on its own in about 2 weeks. You can take care of yourself at home with warm compresses made with white vinegar or burow's solution. These may ease itching and help healing. Also, medicated shampoo can be used to treat folliculitis on the scalp. If the infection doesn't go away, you may need an antibiotic or antifungal cream. ...Read more

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Can lump from sweat gland or hair follicle be painless and infected?

Can lump from sweat gland or hair follicle be painless and infected?

Yes when small: The white-heads acne are typical examples of an infected sweat gland/hair follicle, which is often painless when tiny/small. When coalescedd involving few together or enlarged is called a furuncle(picture here), and even larger (two or more furuncles) is a carbuncle which are commonly known as boils which can be quite painful and needs treatment. If you have trouble, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a really irritated looking hair follicle (medial mid-thigh) from becoming infected?

Bacitracin + bandaid: What I would do is throw a glob of antibiotic ointment over it, then a big Bandaid -- one of those cloth ones that actually stick. The antibiotic ointment will act locally to wipe out any bacteria that may cause an infection, and the Bandaid will protect the area from further injury which is probably what led to the problem in the first place. In a day or two, if not better - show it to a doctor. ...Read more

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Is a red raised red bumps ( looks like penile cyst, infected hair follicle or Fordyce spot) relatively common?

Is a  red raised red bumps ( looks like penile cyst, infected hair follicle or Fordyce spot) relatively common?

Not uncommon: Without knowing exactly what you have it is very difficult to know the actual frequency, but numerous individuals present with rashes of differing nature. ...Read more

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Folliculitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen, usually when the follicles are damaged by friction from ...Read more