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Folliculitis After Shaving
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Folliculitis is 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 bacterial infection may follow. Common symptoms may include a rash, itching, and ...Read more
Wet shave: Look up wet shaving techniques. In addition to adding a little panache to your morning routine, you'll cut down on shaving irritation. Use a single blade, make multiple passes with good shaving lather, reapplied after each pass...You'll get a better shave with less irritation. Learning to shave with a straight razor has been a blast for me.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ingrown hair: Folliculitis centers around a follicle in which the pore is clogged with debris or in the case of shaving, a hair that starts to grow inward on iteself. The latter also clogs the pore, resulting in oil and dirt build up, bacterial growth, inflammation and pus formation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why am the only one in my family to get folliculitis from shaving? , and they just get temporary razor bumps from shaving
Hyperpigmentation: If it's lasting long, it may be hyperpigmentation from folliculitis/ingrown hairs. When you shave, be sure to use shaving cream, only shave in the direction of hair growth, so you don't cut them so short (less risk of ingrown hairs.) Also, exfoliate well on non-shave days to help prevent. If it persists or happens often talk with your doctor about a topical antibiotic ointment to treat it. ...Read more
Rash started in dec & looked like a shaving rash. Spread all over my legs looking the same. Now it spread to my back (different look) top of feet, arms, hairline. Biopsies say no dermatitis, folliculiti?
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
Dark Spots: Dark spots are often post-inflammatory changes of the skin. Time will usually resolve most color change. Vitamin C topical (and vitamin E can help. Advanced and more costly therapies include rx meds and laser photo light therapies. Again, time will usually resolve much of the color change. ...Read more
I got folliculitis after a back waxing (honey based wax) at a spa. Does this imply contaminated wax, or is this a common reaction for some people?
Folliculitis: Either can occur. It is more probable that these organisms were already present on the surface of your skin, but without cultures prior to and after your episode it is impossible for me to implicate the spa. This may be a question for your local health department, since if it has occurred and been complained of by others they may want to investigate. Good luck. ...Read more
i've been diagnosed with perioral dermatitis. I'm inclining to say that its maybe folliculitis because it only resurfaces after a "bad shave"?
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