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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

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

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


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Anything to help cure folliculitis that is not antibiotics? have heard antibiotics are only temporary and it can make the condition worse in long run?

Anything to help cure folliculitis that is not antibiotics? have heard antibiotics are only temporary and it can make the condition worse in long run?

Cure folliculitis that is not antibiotics: These types of treatment option include antibacterial washes such as benzoyl peroxide. Some of the key brand names in this category include Clearisil, Proactiv, etc. Some other type of antibacterial washes that are available include chlorhexidine. The major selling brand in this category is Hibiclens. Most of the times, it has been found out that when a combination therapy of antibacterial washes is used along with the topical products, better results are achieved. Making use of the moisturizer lotions such as Cetaphil or Lubriderm can ensure the management of excessive skin dryness. In specific circumstances, some of the practitioners may also recommend medium-potency steroidal creams with an emollient base. These are particularly preferred in case of inflammatory folliculitis. All medications should be taken with the proper advice and under guidance of the medical practitioner. ...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?

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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My friend had folliculitis after waxing on steroids .She is on oral contraceptives 2 weeks back..Which contraceptive is effective in this condition?

My friend had folliculitis after waxing on steroids .She is on oral contraceptives 2 weeks back..Which contraceptive is effective in this condition?

No impact likely: If the folliculitis is caused by waxing, birth control methods aren't likely to help. Most birth control pills do help most women for acne. But with waxing, there is damage to the follicle and bacteria enter inside to cause the condition. Clipping the hair is a safer choice. ...Read more

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How can you cure folliculitis?

How can you cure folliculitis?

Various: Warm compresses to bring the infections to a head, topical medications. The vast majority of folliculitis heals within a couple of weeks. If it is persists or if it is severe, you may need systemic antibiotics. ...Read more

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Why does shaving cause folliculitis?

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 more

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Folliculitis is ruining my confidence, what to do?

Folliculitis is ruining my confidence, what to do?

Treat it: There are many different causes. If it is pityrospirum, it's easy to keep at bay if it gets diagnosed. ...Read more

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What is folliculitis and what are the major symptoms of folliculitis?

What is folliculitis and what are the major 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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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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