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Infected Hair Follicle (Folliculitis)
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
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?
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
What skin diseases can cause a change of color in the hair follicle in the infected area of the skin?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I found a small cyst in my inner labia. It is hard, and there is no drainage. It's right where my hair line is down there. Could it be an infected hair follicle or should I be more worried about std's (I already am) ?
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
Went to urgent care for small inflamed pimple. They looked at it, infected hair follicle prescribed cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) t. Preferred this over mupirocin. .. Ok?
Few options: Topical antibiotics may be of help with infected hair follicles (folliculitis). If there is an ingrown hair problem, try not tweezing or pulling the hairs out and don't shave too close to the skin. Also, avoid pressure or traumatizing the area of concern. Laser hair removal is also very effective in that it eliminates the hair follicle and prevents the inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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