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Doctor insights on: Can Obesity Cause Hair Folliculitis

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...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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Can folliculitis on the pubic area cause a burning sensation in the penis' head?

Can folliculitis on the pubic area cause a burning sensation in the penis' head?

Not likely: A folliculitis is an inflammation of the follicles usually associated with superficial bacterial infection. Burning of the glans is likely due to another cause - maybe medicine you have been applying to your groin? Burning with urination is a different story and could be related to urinary tract infection or an std. ...Read more

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I get large folliculitis bumps on my head and a few small swollen lymphnodes there sore what should I do to prevent. Nodes cause me anxiety seen docs?

I get large folliculitis bumps on my head and a few small swollen lymphnodes there sore what should I do to prevent. Nodes cause me anxiety seen docs?

Bumps: If there are bumps and swollen lymph nodes... it is possible that you may have an infection. Please call you physician to have it checked out. You may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am having hair Folliculitis. I am having very few pimple on my head. How can I remove it completely without any occurring. I don't want to eat oral?

I am having hair Folliculitis. I am having very few pimple on my head. How can I remove it completely without any occurring. I don't want to eat oral?

Follicular infection: these can be infected. You need to have this clarified with your physician. You may have to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is folliculitis or herpes more likely on haired area?

Is folliculitis or herpes more likely on haired area?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicles. Each hair on your body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. You can have folliculitis on any part of your body that has hair. But it is most common on the face and scalp and areas rubbed by clothing, such as the thighs and groin. ...Read more

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My 8 year old son suffered from folliculitis. He now has had a patch in his head for the past 2 months. Will his hair ever grow back?

My 8 year old son suffered from folliculitis. He now has had a patch in his head for the past 2 months. Will his hair ever grow back?

Maybe: The hair bearing areas are tolerant to some localized disturbance & will often regrow hair after the inflammation settles down. If significant scarring occurs, it can leave a hairless patch. If bothersome to a kid as they grow older, the area can be cut out & the remaining scalp stretched & re-aligned to cover the defect. ...Read more

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I have folliculitis on the back of my neck. Is there such thing as permanent hair removal.

I have folliculitis on the back of my neck. Is there such thing as permanent hair removal.

Yes: Get treated for the folliculitis. If you want hair removal on neck see a plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can I oil my hair/scalp or message on my body if I have folliculitis? Is it true that oiling aggravates the condition?

Oil on scalp...: Oil folliculitis is inflammation of hair follicles due to exposure to various oils and typically occurs on forearms or thighs. So unless you were prescribed bactroban (mupirocin) ointment, then no oil should be placed upon your skin. Please speak with your physician right away to discuss your questions. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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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What do you suggest if my pubic hair is extremely coarse and prone to ingrown hair and folliculitis with waxing while my skin is fair?

What do you suggest if my pubic hair is extremely coarse and prone to ingrown hair and folliculitis with waxing while my skin is fair?

Avoid waxing!: If you have ingrown hairs try not to wax, shave or pluck hairs until healed. This can often heal without treatment. Your physician can prescribe medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...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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How do you get rid of folliculitis or hair bumps on vagina and butt?

Antibacterial soap: You can try antibacterial soap but there is no magical treatment. If these are areas you shave, try applying an antiseptic before shaving. ...Read more

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I have chronic folliculitis in pubic hair for about 6 months. Have tried diflucan and fuscidin cream but it is persistant??

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you as what you call folliculits may not be that. In any case, if you are shaving your genitals, quit doing that as it 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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I get very bad red itchy bumps after shaving my pubic area which I believe is folliculitis. Should I just pluck the infected hair out?

I get very bad red itchy bumps after shaving my pubic area which I believe is folliculitis. Should I just pluck the infected hair out?

Folliculitis: You are correct about the folliculitis. However, I don't recommend wasting your time plucking them out individually. If you are going to pluck them you might as well wax and save yourself time. There is no scientific benefit of shaving vs waxing for the removal of hair. Always monitor for infection. ...Read more

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I am having scalp folliculitis. My pimple on the head has lessen. I am having small white paches. What is the remedy for the hair to grow back?

I am having scalp folliculitis. My pimple on the head has lessen. I am having small white paches. What is the remedy for the hair to grow back?

If there is NO: Scarring at the site, you can try rogaine (minoxidil). Lumigan grows hair quite well too; however, lumigan/latisse is a crazy expensive way unless this is a very small spot. There are some other oral meds too out there, just ask your doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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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

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Rash like symptoms that resemble folliculitis in the genital region at base of shaft by hair region tried home remedies no luck?

Stop shaving?: Pubic area folliculitis is very common these days, especially in people who shave the pubic area. See a doctor for a possible culture test to see if you're carrying staph or strep, and whether a prescription might help. If you shave the area, you may have to stop and go natural. ...Read more

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I had been on isotretinoin (twice) and always had severe hair loss and folliculitis. Will the hair grow back or is it permanent loss?

I had been on isotretinoin (twice) and always had severe hair loss and folliculitis. Will the hair grow back or is it permanent loss?

Normally reversible: Isotretinoin induced hair loss is normally reversible if you stop using the drug. However you should have a full evaluation because it is possible that you have hair loss for some other reason. ...Read more

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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

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