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Doctor insights on: Folliculitis And Cellulitis

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Is dissecting folliculitis curable? (My dermatologist says no.) BTW, he always says "folliculitis" rather than "cellulitis."

Is dissecting folliculitis curable? (My dermatologist says no.) BTW, he always says "folliculitis" rather than "cellulitis."

Hair versus skin: Folliculitis is distinctly different from cellulitis. The first is an infection or inflammation of the hair follicle versus the skin. While folliculitis may develop into cellulitis, it is distinctly different. 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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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. Read more

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What are symptoms of cellulitis? How do you tell the difference between cellulitis and folliculitis?

What are symptoms of cellulitis? How do you tell the difference between cellulitis and folliculitis?

See below: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a small or microscopic break in the skin that allows staphylococcus or streptococcus colonizing the skin to enter and cause infection. It causes the skin to turn a diffuse red color with warmth, swelling and tenderness.Folliculitis is infection of the hair follicles with inflammation and small pustules of the hair follicles. Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis is severe: Cellulitis is an infection. If you are healthy, the infection usually will improve once treatment begins. However, if neglected it can be serious and can spread systemically. Go see hour doctor or other health professional and get an antibiotic for the infection. 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

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Can you die from cellulitis?

Can you die from cellulitis?

Rarely: The infection in severe cases can spread causing sepsis. It is best to treat early with antibiotics so that infection resolves and does cause complications such as scarring, color change or systemic effects. Read more

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Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Find the cause: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. Read more

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Is there tests for cellulitis?

Is there tests for cellulitis?

No: Just clinical exam of swelling het and redness not associated with a vein problem. See a doctor if there is any chance that you have cellulitis. Read more

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How could I treat folliculitis?

How could I treat folliculitis?

Folliculitis.: Despite the fact that folliculitis is technically a bacterial infection of the follicles, we can often treat acute folliculitis with a simple warm soak to the area (warm water on a washcloth and applied for 15 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times a day). If this does not help, one could try antibacterial creams, available over-the-counter. Read more

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What are the tests for cellulitis?

What are the tests for cellulitis?

Exam: Really physical exam is best-- occasionally doc may check labs to determine extent of infections. G white blood cell count. Depending on severity/location, possible may need imaging studies to rule out underlying abscess such as ultrasound, mri, ct. Read more

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What sort of disease is cellulitis?

What sort of disease is cellulitis?

Skin disorder: Redness and swelling of the skin, commonly infectious in origin. Read more

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What are the symptoms of cellulitis?

What are the symptoms of cellulitis?

Redness swelling pai: Cellulitis causes pain, redness, swelling, warmth and loss of function of the affected area. There may be fever, local discharge and in severe cases, abscess formation and tissue necrosis. Rarely cellulitis causes rapid necrosis, commonly known as flesh eating bacterial infection. Read more

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What are the tests for folliculitis?

What are the tests for folliculitis?

Exam and history: Best test is looking at the rash and asking the right questions. Distribution and preceding activities are the big clues. Sometimes a culture is helpful in selecting an antibiotic if one is deemed necessary. Read more

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What are the symptoms of folliculitis?

What are the symptoms of folliculitis?

Follicle inflammatio: Inflammation of the follicle can be recognized by characteristic redness, swelling and sometimes pustule limited to hair follicles. Often caused by infection with common skin bacteria after minor trauma to the skin. Sometimes painful and itchy. Read more

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What sort of disorder is folliculitis?

What sort of disorder is folliculitis?

Boils: The common name is a "boil". It is an infection of a hair follicle usually by a staph or strep bacteria. For those with recurrent boils it is possible they harbor this bacteria just inside the nose. This can be treated. See your physician. Read more

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What are the concerns with having cellulitis?

What are the concerns with having cellulitis?

Spreading: Cellulitis, or skin infection, concerns us when it takes longer than 7 days to improve, or gets worse: spreading across more skin or going deeper into your blood. Watch out for increased pain, redness, red streaks, fever/chills, feeling bleah (malaise). Read more

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What are the symptoms of cellulitis and signs?

What are the symptoms of cellulitis and signs?

Infected/inflammed: Cellulitis is simply an inflammation of the skin ("itis") that can be caused by many factors including infection, or anything that causes inflammation like sunburn or vein disease. Inflammation means the tissues are red, hot, swollen, and tender. Antibiotics should not be used unless it is absolutely infected which should involve more than simply the presence of inflammation. Read more

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What might happen if I don’t get cellulitis treated?

What might happen if I don’t get cellulitis treated?

Worsening infection: Cellulitis is a skin infection. Normally oral antibiotics will cure the infection. If the infection is left untreated the infection cold worsen and spread internally into the blood stream. A blood stream infection would then require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics. Blood stream infections are potentially fatal. Read more

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What are the chances of cellulitis recurring once you had it?

What are the chances of cellulitis recurring once you had it?

See below: Cellulitis can commonly occur after having some kind of skin trauma (cut, bite, etc). Having cellulitis once does not predispose you to getting it again. But you are at risk of getting it with any skin trauma. Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more