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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Hot Tub Folliculitis (Overview)

Pseudomonas-caused folliculitis from contact with water of hot tub.


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Describe hot tub folliculitis?

Describe hot tub folliculitis?

Uncleaned hot tub.: Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. The bacteria causing the infection is called pseudomonas aeruginosa, and is associated with skin contacting bacteria-contaminated water in hot tubs or whirlpools. The infection is treated with antibiotics. The cdc has an excellent facts website all on the subject of hot tub rash. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
15 doctors shared insights

Hot Tub Folliculitis (Overview)

Pseudomonas-caused folliculitis from contact with water of hot tub.


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Doctor diagnosed me with hot tub folliculitis. Got bumps 2 weeks after hot tub. Been itchy for almost 2 weeks. Could it be misdiagnosed scabies?

Possibly: But without seeing you and the ability to examine these lesions there is no way to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating Folliculitis (Checklist)

Make sure your skin can air out, and is not covered up or sweaty
Daily
Take a shower or bath. Change towels and clothes.
Daily
Use antibiotics one to three times a day, as prescribed by doctor
Daily
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I have hot tub folliculitis, and I heard it should go away on its own in a week or so?

I have hot tub folliculitis, and I heard it should go away on its own in a week or so?

Agree: This can be bothersome, but the majority of cases will resolve on their own without specific treatment. Of course, avoid the contaminated water source. Warm compresses can be helpful in speeding the resolution. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hot tub folliculitis?

Tincture of time: Hot tub folliculitis shows up 8-48 hours after exposure and will resolve on its own over the course of a week. There is no specific treatment unless 1.Associated with systemic signs of illness. 2. Lesions are extensive or progressive or 3. There is large abcess formation. If these occur see your doc. Chlorinate your hot tub and pool properly! ...Read more

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Managing Hot Flashes (Checklist)

Try "paced-breathing"
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Avoid food triggers such as alcohol and spicy food
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Sip ice water, carry a small fan, and dress in layers
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Anyone cured from "hot tub folliculitis"?

Anyone cured from "hot tub folliculitis"?

Topical & Systemic: Pseudomonas folliculitis is classically associated with hot tube use and improper chlorination of the water. Treatment can be topical using Acetic Acid (vinegar) soaks or other agents. Systemic treatment is often centered around oral antibiotics. Sometimes people will carry the bacteria in the nose and eradication there will cure the problem. See a dermatologist to help with management. ...Read more

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Help for preventing hot tub folliculitis?

Help for preventing hot tub folliculitis?

Hot tub maintenance: Hot tubs need careful maintenance and attention to chlorine levels and ph. Because the water is hot, chlorine levels need to be fairly high and checked frequently, otherwise bacteria in the water can grow. Showering prior to getting into a hot tub can also reduce contamination. If you are not responsible for the hot tub maintenance, there is no way to tell if it is being done properly. ...Read more

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Describe hot tub folliculitis?

Uncleaned hot tub.: Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. The bacteria causing the infection is called pseudomonas aeruginosa, and is associated with skin contacting bacteria-contaminated water in hot tubs or whirlpools. The infection is treated with antibiotics. The cdc has an excellent facts website all on the subject of hot tub rash. ...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