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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

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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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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What is the treatment for hot tub folliculitis?

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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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

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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 to do if I have hot tub folliculitis, can I continue breastfeeding!?

What to do if I have hot tub folliculitis, can I continue breastfeeding!?

Yes.: Hot tub folliculitis is not contagious person to person. It resolves by itself and rarely needs any treatment. It is perfectly ok to breastfeed even though you have this. ...Read more

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Will shaving or itching worsen hot tub folliculitis if it's on my legs?

It may: Hot tub folliculitis is due most commonly to pseudomonas aeruginosa, a water-borne bacteria. You do not want to provide further breaks in the skin through which this bacteria can potentially invade your body. Wait. Get better. ...Read more

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Does hot tub folliculitis in the groin look and act like herpes?

Not really: Herpes lesions typically resemble blisters that rupture, form shallow ulcers, then heal with scab formation. Herpes lesions are painful. Hot tub folliculitis usually involves large surfaces of the body, and looks like red bumps and/ or pustules. There are no ulcers ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed steroids to clear up hot tub folliculitis. Will it help?

Doctor prescribed steroids to clear up hot tub folliculitis. Will it help?

Pseudomonas rash: Hot tub folliculitis usually resolves spontaneously and doesn't need specific treatment. Vinegar compresses applied for 20 minutes two to four times a day, silver sulfadiazine cream (silvadene) applied two times a day or antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin are only needed in widespread or resistant cases. Steroids may relieve symptoms but are unnecessary and risky. ...Read more

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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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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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How do you recognize and prevent a hot tub rash (dermatitis / folliculitis)?

How do you recognize and prevent a hot tub rash (dermatitis / folliculitis)?

A clean tub: Make sure that the tub water is properly chlorinated if you are using a public tub and be sure to take a shower after. ...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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How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic? The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic? The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

Not: Staph is generally everywhere.
There are various types:
staph albus common on skin.
Staph aureus -yellow more pathogenic.
Usually not contagious like a virus or some bacteria.
Clean and cover area and unlikely to be able to infect someone else. ...Read more

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I have an infected hair follicle on my leg which I've read is folliculitis and is contagious. If my 6 month old gets it, can it be dangerous to him?

I have an infected hair follicle on my leg which I've read is folliculitis and is contagious. If my 6 month old gets it, can it be dangerous to him?

Soap and water: Even if your son is in direct contact, it is unlikely he will develop a skin infection. A layer of clothing should be fine. Keep the area washed clean daily and if not getting better, see your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Is folliculitis contagious? My bf seems to have it in his beard now my face is breaking out in itchy pimples that come and go around hairline and nose

Is folliculitis contagious? My bf seems to have it in his beard now my face is breaking out in itchy pimples that come and go around hairline and nose

Yes: It is caused by Staph. Aureus. Most people do not have this germ on their skin. It can cause boils/pimples with any break in the skin.
ON THE OTHER HAND, hairline and nose are places for acne rather than boils. And different germs are involved with that than in folliculitis. So, while folliculitis is contagious (as folliculitis or as boils) it is NOT contagious as acne and YOU probably don't have ...Read more

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Hi. I have a rash on shoulders and upper arms it has been 3 weeks since I noticed them what can it be, could it be hot tub folliculites?

Hi. I have a rash on shoulders and upper arms it has been 3 weeks since I noticed them what can it be, could it be hot tub folliculites?

Rash - not 1 disease: Rash is a common name, not a specific disease. To make a diagnosis, we need to know the shape of the rash, whether it itches, how long each individual lesion stays and if it leaves a scar when it resolves. Hot tub folliculitis usually looks like acne. In short, with a rash that stays that long, go either to your pmd or to a dermatogist. ...Read more

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