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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 folliculitis on my vagina and I would love to know how to treat it.

I have folliculitis on my vagina and I would love to know how to treat it.

Folliculitis: Time to see your doctor for an examination to determine diagnosis and cause of folliculitis and get treatment. ...Read more

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Is it okay to put bacitracin zinc on folliculitis on the vagina area?

Is it okay to put bacitracin zinc on folliculitis on the vagina area?

Safe: It is safe to topically apply topical Bacitracin ointment on folliculitis near the vagina. Since hair follicles may be deep, the medication may not adequately penetrate to eradicate the microorganisms. If the clinical condition persists, see your physician for an oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of folliculitis or hair bumps on vagina and butt?

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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Folliculitis where I shave my vagina Doc told me soak N epsom salt I never use 2 have this problem could it B my diet? Stopped b4 when I went basic tra

Folliculitis where I shave my vagina Doc told me soak N epsom salt I never use 2 have this problem could it B my diet? Stopped b4 when I went basic tra

Shaving is the issue: This has nothing to do with diet. Pubic area folliculitis was rare before people started shaving the area. You may carry staph or strep on your skin, but many people do that; the problem arises mostly when you add the minor trauma that comes with shaving. Consider using a hair removal cream. Or not shaving (is it really that important?). Or see a dermatologist for professional advice about it. ...Read more

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I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help

I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help

Likely folliculitis: Herpes usually is very tender ulcers with swollen glands and often is not symmetric and occurs on one side, folliculitis is more like small pimples on areas where hair grows. If you think it is herpes then see your gyn for DX and treatment. ...Read more

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Vagina itched. Not cluster; 2 separate blisters close to follicles popped clear and no more pain/itching/pus. Swim in a public pool. HVS2? Folliculiti

Vagina itched. Not cluster; 2 separate blisters close to follicles popped clear and no more pain/itching/pus. Swim in a public pool. HVS2? Folliculiti

Clear blisters?: If the 2 vesicles were having tiny yellowish milky beads of pus most likely folliculitis.But if clear fluid, especially with itching, it is likely genital herpes. Folliculitis will be painful rather than itchy. Swimming in public pool can predispose to folliculitis but not to HSV -genital infection. HSV-genital is a STD as we all know and not by simple contact. If so far you never took antiviral+ ...Read more

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I have a skin color growth on the outer lip of my vagina. My doctor said it was folliculitis but I am worried it maybe genital warts.

I have a skin color growth on the outer lip of my vagina. My doctor said it was folliculitis but I am worried it maybe genital warts.

Hmmm, hard to say: Folliculitis usually looks very different from a genital wart. If the growth is more 'cauliflower-like', wth irregular skin surface, or if it doesn't go away with application of compresses or even antibiotics, then another diagnosis should be considered. A biopsy may be needed to determine definitely. ...Read more

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Inflammation of outside of vagina and anus for a month with red bumps similar to folluculitis. Neg for yeast, herpes. What could illnesses could it be?

Inflammation of outside of vagina and anus for a month with red bumps similar to folluculitis. Neg for yeast, herpes. What could illnesses could it be?

Follow up: You need to follow up with your gynecologist. You might need a biopsy. It still could be an external fungal (yeast) infection. When it gets in the skin on the outside, it's a lot harder to get rid of. It often takes a prolonged treatment with antifungal medication, sometimes in combination with a steroid. ...Read more

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Can you get a vaginal discharge from folliculitis?

Can you get a vaginal discharge from folliculitis?

Not usually: Folliculitis is on the outside, vaginal discharge comes from the inside. Other conditions, can present as folliculitis and could be associated with a vaginal discharge. You should see your gyn as she or he can examine the folliculitis and do a vaginal culture to rule out abnormal bacteria, yeast or other organisms. ...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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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 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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Is folliculitis contagious?

No.: "no" to other people, but may be "yes" to yourself-it might spread from one area to another. ...Read more

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I have a smelly vagina?

I have a smelly vagina?

May be infection: Infection, particularly bacterial vaginosis, is the most common cause of foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Normal discharge is clear or white, and may have a slight odor but usually doesn't smell. Poor hygiene, as in other parts of the body, can be a culprit too-it's best to wash the external area w/ mild soap and water during your shower, and never douche! if the smell bothers you, see your dr. ...Read more

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What causes dry vagina?

What causes dry vagina?

Lack of estrogen: As women age, for example after menopause, their bodies make less estrogen. This can lead to vaginal dryness. A doctor can evaluate if a topical vaginal estrogen cream could be right for you. ...Read more

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How to clean your vagina?

How to clean your vagina?

Self-cleaning: Your vagina doesn't need much in the way of cleaning, it's designed to table care of itself. Water, a soft washcloth, & maybe some gentle soap is all you need. Too much scrubbing or harsh chemicals create more problems than they solve, & douching destroys the natural balance & protection. ...Read more

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Why is the vagina acidic?

Why is the vagina acidic?

Lactobacilli: Lactobacilli are the bacteria found in a health vagina. They cause the pH of the vagina to be around 3.0 to 4.5, i.e., cause it to be on the acidic side. A pH above 4.5, which can be measured with a simple test strip, typically indicates the presence of bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, or yeast. ...Read more

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My vagina hurts why is that?

My vagina hurts why is that?

Get it checked: It is difficult to say what is causing your vagina to hurt without examination. There may be infection as that is the commonest cause of pain in vagina
Get it checked by your Gynecologist ...Read more

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Why I feel my vagina so dry?

Why I feel my vagina so dry?

Atrophy: At 49 you are getting low on estrogen which will cause vaginal dryness. Estrogen vaginal therapy can help. Also, lubricants like olive, coconut, or any pure vegetable oil can be used to lubricate for intercourse. ...Read more

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Is olay good for the vagina?

Is olay good for the vagina?

No.: Oil of olay is designed for external usage only. If you have shaved and require a moisturizer of some sort, you can apply externally but not inside the vagina. Depending on your age, you may experience occasional dryness which can be alleviated by certain prescription medication, but please see you doctor first to discuss. I hope this helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause vagina pain?

What could cause vagina pain?

Several things: Vaginal pain can be caused by infections (vaginal or pelvic), ovarian growth/cyst, injury and a host of others. The vagina is a distensible potential space that can even produce pain during extraordinary expansion such as childbirth or sexual activity. ...Read more

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My vagina stinks please help?

Odor: Please rule out any infections
see your obgyn
maintain regular hygiene diet and exercise. ...Read more

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How to reduce vagina wetness?

GYN: First- make sure that the "wetness" is nothing more than normal female sexual mucous- some women secrete more than others. Second- get checked by your gyn for infection.
I would advise the use of vaginal pads instead of tampons and strongly urge the need for a pelvic exam. ...Read more

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What causes cuts on the vagina?

Several things: I would schedule a visitt for an exam and testing. Here are a few things to ask about. Herpes is a common infection that can appear like cuts. Yeast can cause cracks in the tissue that could be confused with cuts. Scratching can cause actual cuts. Trauma during intercourse can too. ...Read more

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What helps keep the vagina wet?

Nature: The normal vaginal and cervical secretions keep the vagina moist and clean. ...Read more

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What causes vibration in vagina?

What causes vibration in vagina?

Spasms: These are spasms and are harmless. There are muscle fibers in the walls of the vagina that contract during orgasm. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put colgate on vagina?

Is it ok to put colgate on vagina?

Health Myths: There are no health benefits to this unusual behavior. There would also not be any sexual benefits to this. If you heard a myth that tooth past on your vagina does anything such a myth is 100% false. ...Read more

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If I'm 20, could my vagina expand?

Expanding: Yes the vagina can expand and adapt. Just take things very slow and make sure you have plenty of lube. ...Read more

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How to stop my vagina from hurting?

See your doctor: For an examination to determine the cause of the pain in order to treat it. ...Read more

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How to remove oder from your vagina?

How to remove oder from your vagina?

Get checked: Vaginas have a smell, but don't usually smell bad. If you're noticing an odor that bothers you from the vagina, it could be bacterial vaginosis. Not a std, but an overgrowth of normal bacteria. You can see a doctor and get tested, or try an over the counter probiotic like luvena. Best is to figure out what may have triggered change in your flora! ...Read more

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Why has my wifes vagina turned dark?

Pigment?: Pigmentary changes occur with age if you you quite concerned about this have her gynecologist examine her. ...Read more