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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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I have a case of folliculitis that doesn't seem to be responding to antibiotics or topicals. Is this something that will maybe not clear up?

I have a case of folliculitis that doesn't seem to be responding to antibiotics or topicals. Is this something that will maybe not clear up?

Other folliculitis: Causes of folliculitis may be both infectious and non-infectious. Most athletes will develop frictional irritation on their folds and thighs and aggressive shaving causing shaving bumps are both types of non-infectious folliculitis. The cause must be avoided in these cases. Pts on antibiotics for long periods of time, may develop pityrosporum folliculitis, also fungal, viral. Biopsy and culture.

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What are some ways a woman could end up with vulvar folliculitis to the point of needing an antibiotic?

Shaving?: Shaving is often the cause of folliculitis. Have you seen your gynecologist about this? I would get in and get it checked asap. In the meantime, don't use the same towel multiple times, don't share towels and don't wear the same pants more than one time without washing them in hot water. Staph infections are more common nowadays and some people are more prone to them. Use antibacterial soap daily.

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Anything to help cure folliculitis that is not antibiotics? Have heard antibiotics are only temporary and it can make the condition worse in long run?

Anything to help cure folliculitis that is not antibiotics? Have heard antibiotics are only temporary and it can make the condition worse in long run?

Cure folliculitis that is not antibiotics: These types of treatment option include antibacterial washes such as benzoyl peroxide. Some of the key brand names in this category include Clearisil, Proactiv, etc. Some other type of antibacterial washes that are available include chlorhexidine. The major selling brand in this category is Hibiclens. Most of the times, it has been found out that when a combination therapy of antibacterial washes is used along with the topical products, better results are achieved. Making use of the moisturizer lotions such as Cetaphil or Lubriderm can ensure the management of excessive skin dryness. In specific circumstances, some of the practitioners may also recommend medium-potency steroidal creams with an emollient base. These are particularly preferred in case of inflammatory folliculitis. All medications should be taken with the proper advice and under guidance of the medical practitioner.

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I have scalp folliculitis and have gone off a year of antibiotics for it. It is still reoccurring though mild and localised. Will I outgrow it?

I have scalp folliculitis and have gone off a year of antibiotics for it. It is still reoccurring though mild and localised. Will I outgrow it?

Maybe: Some people become colonized by staph in their scalp. The use of antibacterial soap mixed with your shampoo will decrease the bacteria. Oral vitamin c and bovine colostrum are options to stimulate the white blood cells to help prevent follicultis.

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Went to the dr for rash. Dr said folliculitis. Said to put Benzoly peroxide 1 x day. Do I also need antibiotics? He did not prescribe any. He saidmild

Went to the dr for rash. Dr said folliculitis. Said to put Benzoly peroxide 1 x day. Do I also need antibiotics? He did not prescribe any. He saidmild

Follow advice: It would be prudent to follow your doctor's advice. Un-necessary antibiotics are not an innocuous issue.

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Is there a non prescription oral antibiotic for a possible folliculitis infection?

NO: If the folliculitis is extensive and is due to staphylococcus, there are no over the counter oral medications that would eradicate the organism.

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Recurrent folliculitis in axillary and pubic region, pain and pus, kindly. Recommend some antibiotic?

Yes: For run of the mill folliculitis (superficial pus pimples) topical Clindamycin 1% gel or lotion with benzoyl peroxide washes (otc 5-10%) daily works well. Make sure this isn't something more serious like hydradenitis superativa.

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I am having scalp folliculitis. It's is at a small area of head. I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur?

I am having scalp folliculitis. It's is at a small area of head. I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur?

Topicals: Follicular does recur in people prone to it. You should have an antibiotic cream rx from you doctor as oral antibiotics only used for severe cases not responding to a topical treatment.

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What is method to reduce pain and itching? My hot tub folliculitis has turned to cellulitis and I am on oral and I.V antibiotics. Thanks

What is method to reduce pain and itching? My hot tub folliculitis has turned to cellulitis and I am on oral and I.V antibiotics. Thanks

See answer: Would be reluctant to apply any pain relieving cream or anti-itch lotion on an area of cellulitis. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or OTC NSAIDS for pain. If ineffective possibly tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine or hydrocodone...both narcotics. OTC antihistamines for itch. Benadryl, but may be sedating. (ok at bedtime). Zyrtec (cetirizine) is the strongest less sedating antihistamine.

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How can you tell if your folliculitis is healing? Has been 2 weeks since started antibiotics, is quite tender and itchy especially at night.

Not healing?: While there could be itching during healing persistent tenderness 2 weeks later may suggest that it is not healing. I recommend you follow up with your doctor.

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I keeping getting reoccurring folliculitis on my face, especially under my nose, I've taken so many antibiotics, and nothing seems to work, help! ?

I keeping getting reoccurring folliculitis on my face, especially under my nose, I've taken so many antibiotics, and nothing seems to work, help! ?

Cause?: Do you know the reason that you get the folliculitis? It may be from shaving or waxing the areas. You can use a topical antibiotic instead of pills. You may also consider nasal treatment for Staph with mupirocin ointment, this is a common cause of recurrent folliculitis as well.

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I am having scalp folliculitis. I would like to know how to prevent it? I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur? Is it true?

I am having scalp folliculitis. I would like to know how to prevent it? I have heard that after the course of antibiotic, it does recur? Is it true?

? oily hair: If your hair is on the oily side, wash it with shampoo rather than with soap as soap doesn't remove hair oils well. If the shampoo removes too much oil, use a mild conditioner after washing. You could also try an antidandruff shampoo. Visit a good hair salon for hair care advice.

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Antibiotic (Definition)

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