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What's the difference between acne and a folliculitis pustule?

What's the difference between acne and a folliculitis pustule?

Types of acne: Acne can be whiteheads, blackheads, papules (red bumps), pustules (like the folliculitis pustule) and or cystic deep acne. Folliculitis is just a hair follicle that is infected and pustule means that particular follicle also had pus. So this is just a form of acne. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a ...Read more


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Can doxycyline make folliculitis worse? Took it for 2 months and got worse and got new breakouts. I have folliculitis and it's usually for acne?

Can doxycyline make folliculitis worse? Took it for 2 months and got worse and got new breakouts. I have folliculitis and it's usually for acne?

Antibiotic for acne: Doxycycline must never be used as sole Rx for acne -- it will make it worse if you're not also using benzoyl peroxide, topical retinoic acid or something similar. In addition, pityrosporum folliculitis may accompany acne and be untouched by, or exacerbated by, an tetracycline, while ketaconazole (perhaps one tablet per month followed by working up a sweat) may keep it easily at bay ...Read more

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What is the difference between keloidalis nuchae (folliculitis) andl acne vulgaris?

What is the difference between keloidalis nuchae (folliculitis) andl acne vulgaris?

Keloidalis Nuchae: Keloidalis nuchae is a destructive scarring folliculitis that occurs exclusively on the occipital scalp and posterior neck and affecting mostly african american men aged 13-25 years. Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease characterized by inflammatory lesions called zits with redness, swelling, pain, and white pus. Antibiotics used in keloidalis nuchae differ from ones used in acne vulgaris. ...Read more

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Hiv tests neg at 8mth bt kissin ulcrs on labia/vulva tht lsted fr ovr a mth that dint GT btr wth antibiotics also had folliculitis cramps and acne y?

Hiv tests neg at 8mth bt kissin ulcrs on labia/vulva tht lsted fr ovr a mth that dint GT btr wth antibiotics also had folliculitis cramps and acne y?

See doc-: Really need history and exam, may be herpes, syphillis, or (less likely based on description) hpv. Could be not std related but these should be ruled out in you and any sexual partners. ...Read more

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Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Folliculitis/acne: folliculitis and acne may both become infected by bacterial contamination. The benzoyl peroxide will help for acne; however, the folliculitis may require both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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What are the chances I have folliculitis, a yeast infection and herpes? I've been on antibiotics for acne for 10 months. Three weeks ago I started itching on my arms. After that I developed bumps on my arms, back and legs that itch and scab. Plus the itc

What are the chances I have folliculitis, a yeast infection and herpes? I've been on antibiotics for acne for 10 months. Three weeks ago I started itching on my arms. After that I developed bumps on my arms, back and legs that itch and scab. Plus the itc

Need to be seen: Nobody can diagnose a rash at a distance, but since you are taking medication, my first and foremost concern is that the new rash / itching are a drug reaction, since this is the most dangerous treatable illness. Your prescribing physician should be able to tell. Yes, a person can have herpes simples, a candida yeast infection, and pityrosporum folliculitis but not giving the same rash. Peace. ...Read more

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Difference of scalp folicullitis and scalp acne?

Difference of scalp folicullitis and scalp acne?

Same thing.: Scalp folliculitis is an inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles in the scalp, and is also sometimes called "acne necrotica", which is why it is sometimes confused with acne, which does not occur on the scalp (except along the frontal hairline). In other words, the condition often called "scalp acne" is actually folliculitis, or inflammation/infection of hair follicles. ...Read more

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What are some over the counter medicine I can use for vaginal pimples/folliculitis?

What are some over the counter medicine I can use for vaginal pimples/folliculitis?

Folliculitis: I recommend buying a feminine wash with antibacterial soap to cleanse the area. There are no over the counter creams recommended for the area. You need to see a physician to be examined and obtain a prescription for this infection, and to be certain it is not a different problem. ...Read more

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I have noticed pimples under several pubic hairs recently (female) & it does itch slightly - could this be Folliculitis or something worse?

Itchy pubic pimples: Thank you for your question. Slightly itchy pimples in the pubic area may be caused by many things including folliculitis. There are forms of inflammatory conditions of the skin that could cause a rash as well as responses to external/internal sources such as allergies or otherwise. Having an examination performed by a qualified medical practitioner would be helpful in diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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My husband43 has dissceting follicituis of scalp for many years I need effective treat even we travel abroadwe tried all antibiotics and acne medcine?

My husband43 has dissceting follicituis of scalp for many years I need effective treat even we travel abroadwe tried all antibiotics and acne medcine?

DISSECTING CELLULITI: Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp is a rare and difficult disorder to treat. A relatively new treatment is with laser terapy. Check with your dermatologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've small red pimples on my buttocks, are these folliculitis?? How to treat please??

I've small red pimples on my buttocks, are these folliculitis?? How to treat please??

Folliculitis: Is an inflammation of the hair follicles, not infectious not contagious. Use an exfoliative and then lubricate. If they don't resolve see you dermatologist ...Read more

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I get boils and fine pimples on my inner thighs. Dr says folliculitis. Two rounds of clox and topical cream, goes away & comes back. Suggestions?

I get boils and fine pimples on my inner thighs. Dr says folliculitis. Two rounds of clox and topical cream, goes away & comes back. Suggestions?

Has it been cultured: Do you shave there? If yes, try to avoid. Also keep area dry if you can.
Have they cultured the area to see what bacteria is there? ...Read more

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Had sex yesterday&I already have folliculitis but today different kind of pimples popped up. Small, not clustered, white pus, popped easy. Herpes? Sweat?

Had sex yesterday&I already have folliculitis but today different kind of pimples popped up. Small, not clustered, white pus, popped easy. Herpes? Sweat?

Miliaria?: No STD can cause symptoms in less than a day. If not much inflammation (redness, etc), your suspicion of miliaria (blocked sweat pores) sounds like a good bet. But see a doctor if persists or you remain concerned. ...Read more

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I've small red pimples on buttocks, non itchy, non painful, is that folliculitis or keratosis pilaris??? How to treat??

I've small red pimples on buttocks, non itchy, non painful, is that folliculitis or keratosis pilaris??? How to treat??

Alpha hydroxy acids: Try gentle exfoliation with a non-scratchy granule-containing body wash. Apply body lotion that contains alpha hydroxy acids to smooth the skin. ...Read more

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Is folliculitis contagious? My bf seems to have it in his beard now my face is breaking out in itchy pimples that come and go around hairline and nose

Is folliculitis contagious? My bf seems to have it in his beard now my face is breaking out in itchy pimples that come and go around hairline and nose

Yes: It is caused by Staph. Aureus. Most people do not have this germ on their skin. It can cause boils/pimples with any break in the skin.
ON THE OTHER HAND, hairline and nose are places for acne rather than boils. And different germs are involved with that than in folliculitis. So, while folliculitis is contagious (as folliculitis or as boils) it is NOT contagious as acne and YOU probably don't have ...Read more

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Pimples on legs. Doc thought folliculitis. Script for amoxicillin. New breakouts all over skin. Had low fever, headache, sore throat. Strep test neg.?

Pimples on legs. Doc thought folliculitis. Script for amoxicillin. New breakouts all over skin. Had low fever, headache, sore throat. Strep test neg.?

See a doctor: Rashes are very different and require a in person evaluation to accurately diagnose and treat. I would return to the doctor who treated you so he can see the change and adjust your treatment. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesto treat acne f-a-s-t!?

Acne: Washing your face twice a day gently with warm water and a mild cleanser like dove soap can help. Over the counter creams or soap with benzoyl peroxide can also help a great deal. ...Read more

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What acne product (s) should I use just to try out and see if it works?

See a dermatologist: Depending upon the severity of your acne and the type of your skin (dry or oily)different products may be recommended. I would not try just any ol thing. Good luck! Everyone deserves to have clear skin in this day and age. ...Read more

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Is folliculitis painful?

Is folliculitis painful?

Little skin bumps: Folliculitis is inflammation of hair follicles. Follicles are tiny canals that extend down into the skin, and many contain an oil gland, and a hair follicle.Men have more hairs than women. The folliculits can be caused by a bacteria germ, but most often there is no germ. Waxing, shaving and oily lotions can cause clogged pores and then inflammation, or folliculitis. It may itch or hurt. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more