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Can You Get Folliculitis Anywhere
Sure: 'pimples' in the genital area are generally not related to acne. Usually they represent a blocked sweat duct. Risks include poor hygiene, unclean underwear and shaving the hair. Stis, especially herpes, can be the cause. Larger 'pimples' could represent a sebaceous cyst. Women can develop bartholin's or skene's cysts. Rare autoimmune dx's present with genital bumps, hidradenits suppurativa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more
See Your Physician: For bacterial folliculitis of the scalp, it is important to determine the organism responsible for the infection. After a culture and sensitivity is obtained, your physician will be able to prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. Since the hair follicle is deep, most patients require a systemic (oral) antibiotic for extensive scalp folliculitis. ...Read more
Yes: If a male rubs very vigorously, he may get a friction blister. It will heal without a scar. Masturbating does not cause acne, and anyone who tells you otherwise is someone you should not listen to. Perhaps there's an adult in your own family that you can talk with about your changing body and learning to be an audlt -- without a good guide, it can be lonesome. Good luck. ...Read more
Blister vs cyst: Tanning can cause burns that may lead to skin blistering. Would not anticipate development of cyst from tanning. However, please note that tanning can be very damaging to skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. A tan from a can is fine - but other forms of tanning (sun or tanning bed) are not recommended. ...Read more
Yes: Scabies, lice, and crabs are all parasites that can infest hair covered areas of the body. Scabies usually burrow under the skin leaving itchy red tracks. Lice and their eggs attach to the hair. Crabs often are compared to moving dandruff. Each is treated differently. If you have scabies, you will need to obtain a prescription from your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope: Infectious diseases don't materialize out of nothing; you have to catch the germ. You can't catch herpes or any STD except by sex with an infected person. I wonder if you have emotional issues about masturbation, even though it is an entirely normal practice enjoyed by almost everyone. Maybe you would benefit from professional counseling. I suggest it from compassion, not criticism. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes, folliculitis: If the hot tub is not well maintained, and not adequately chlorinated (or otherwise sanitized), pseudomonas will grow in the warm water, causing "hot tub folliculitis". Usually, no treatment is needed other than stopping use of the hot tub, but it occasionally does require oral or topical antibiotics. ...Read more
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